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Records Relating to Special Prosecutors and Independent Counsels

Established by the Ethics in Government Act Amendments of 1982 (96 Stat. 2039) on January 3, 1983. Predecessor Agency was Special Prosecutors (1978-1982). Reauthorized for five years by the Independent Counsel Reauthorization Act of 1987 (101 Stat. 1293), December 15, 1987, however, lapsed on December 15, 1992, by failure of reauthorization. Reauthorized for five years by the Independent Counsel Reauthorization Act of 1994 (108 Stat. 732), June 30, 1994. Act expired June 30, 1999.


Investigated, and either dismissed or prosecuted, allegations of violations of federal criminal law, above the misdemeanor level, by individuals holding or formerly holding certain high positions in the Federal Government and in national Presidential election campaign organizations.

The National Archives and Records Administration maintain custody of the records of independent counsels that have completed their investigations.

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Related Records:

Records of the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, RG 460.

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