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Who can request a grand jury investigation? 

Who can request an investigation by the grand jury? Your site already mentions the grand jury itself, or the "prosecutor". Can the U.S. Attorney General or the President himself  request an investigation by the grand jury?

Response: The Attorney General could, by passing the request along to a prosecutor working with a grand jury. The President could raise a matter that he/she thought needed investigating with the Attorney General (who heads the Department of Justice, which is the department from which federal prosecutors are drawn and in which they work), and then ask the Attorney General to investigate it. The President cannot directly initiate an investigation, though.

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