Support the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, S. 2644

The language of the bill protects special investigations now and in the future from being derailed or stopped for political reasons. The bill offers guidance and a framework for an investigation to be carried out under the Department of Justice, including the scenarios where an Attorney General could properly remove a special counsel.


For your information and notes, here is the description of the bipartisan bill, from www.congress.gov:


Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act

(Sec. 2) This bill amends the federal judicial code to codify certain Department of Justice (DOJ) regulations that govern the appointment, oversight, and removal of a special counsel, including regulations:

  • that authorize the Attorney General to appoint and select a special counsel;

  • that establish the qualifications, scope of jurisdiction, and authority of a special counsel; and

  • that authorize the Attorney General to remove a special counsel for misconduct or other good cause.

 

Additionally, the bill provides new statutory limitations and requirements with respect to the removal from office of a special counsel. Specifically, the bill:

  • requires removal to be by the Attorney General or, in certain circumstances, the most senior Senate-confirmed DOJ official;

  • requires a special counsel to be provided written notice that specifies the reason for removal; and

  • allows a special counsel to challenge the removal in federal court.

The limitations and requirements with respect to removal apply retroactively in the case of a special counsel who is appointed after January 1, 2017, and removed before the date of enactment.

Finally, the bill requires DOJ to notify Congress when a special counsel is appointed, before a special counsel is removed, and after a special counsel's investigation concludes.



Sample Call Dialogue


Here are some notes to help you make your call.

You will almost certainly be speaking to a junior staff member or an intern. You can ask if they can tell you if your Senator supports Senate bill S.2644, the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, before you give them your request. You can then ask them to support the bipartisan bill S. 2644 and/or thank them for their time. They will most likely just make a note of your “vote Yes” message and thank you for calling.


What do I say?


Senate Staffer: Senator [Your Senator’s] office, how can I help you?

Caller: Hi my name is [YOUR NAME], I’m a constituent of Senator [Your Senator]. I’m calling to ask Senator [Your Senator] to support  the bipartisan Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act (S. 2644), so that Congress can protect the Special Counsel Investigation that is happening at DOJ.


The call will probably be as simple as that. We’d love to hear how it went.


Email Pam Rutter at prutter@pogo.org and let her know if they took your call and how they responded. If you learn that your Senator supports S. 2644, please let us know.

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