Establishment of Government Offices
Establishes, as an independent establishment of the Government, the Office of the Public Attorney, under the direction of the Public Attorney, appointed by three retired courts of appeals judges designated by the Chief Justice of the United States. States that no individual may serve as Public Attorney unless agreeing not to occupy any popularly elected office under the United States or to accept any other employment in the Government for five years aftter termination of services as the Public Attorney. Directs the Public Attorney to investigate and prosecute:
(1) allegations of corruption in the administration of the laws by the executive branch of the Government;
(2) cases referred by the Attorney General because of actual or potential conflicts of interest;
(3) criminal cases referred to him by the Federal Election Commission; and
(4) allegations of violations of Federal laws relating to campaigns and elections for elective office.
Requires the Public Attorney to notify the Attorney General of the initiation of an investigation or proceeding with respect to such matters.
Limits the Attorney General's activities in any such matters without prior written approval and requires him to inform the Public Attorney of any investigation which falls udner the Public Attorney's jurisdiction.
Enumerates the powers of the Public Attorney, including:
(1) to issue appropriate instructions to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and other domestic investigative agencies of the United States;
(2) to receive appropriate national security clearances; and
(3) to exercise all other powers as to the conduct of criminal investigations, prosecutions (including prosecutions for perjury committed in the course of any investigation or judicial or legislative hearing with respect to any matter within his jurisdiction), civil proceedings, and appeals within his jurisdiction that would otherwise be vested exclusively in the Attorney General and the United States attorney.
Details the administrative powers of the Public Attorney. Makes unlawful the disclosure of specifiec confidential information to persons who are likely to or have become the subject of an investigation by the Public Attorney, with enumerated limitations, and imposes criminal penalties for so doing.
Establishes within the Congress a Congressional Legal Service, under the direction of the Congressional Legal Counsel appointed by the Speaker of the House of Representatives and the President pro tempore of the Senate. Enumerates the duties of the Congressional Legal Counsel, including: to render, upon request of either House of Congress, a joint committee of Congress, any committee of either House of Congress, at least three Senators, or twelve Members of the House of Representatives, legal opinions upon questions arising under the Constitution and laws of the United States. Authorizes to be appointed such sums as may be necessary to carry out the provisions relating to the Office of the Congressional Legal Counsel and such sums as may be necessary for the performance of the duties of the Congressional Legal Counsel under this title.