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Special Prosecutors and Independent Counsels Records

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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National Archives at College Park
8601 Adelphi Road, Room 5500
College Park, MD 20740-6001

Phone:  301-837-3190

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Security-Classified Records:

This record group may include material that is security-classified.

Access to these records is governed by the Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552, as amended.) Many documents and files have been screened under the provisions of the FOIA and are open for research. The Special Access and FOIA Program maintains finding aids that list many of the subjects that have records available for immediate release.


Special Prosecutor and Independent Counsel Records at the National Archives


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