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Attorney General Merrick Garland has painted himself into a corner with special counsel appointments.
Garland has a ways to go before he threatens the record of his former boss (and mine), Attorney General Janet Reno, who appointed seven independent counsels during the Clinton administration. But he has plenty of time yet to catch up.
Reno—the longest serving attorney general of the 20th century—took some five years to make the seven appointments under her era’s equivalent of the special counsel regulations. Garland has appointed two within the space of two months, and is now faced with the question of whether to appoint a third special counsel to investigate the circumstances arising from classified documents having been discovered at former Vice President Mike Pence’s home in Indiana.