“FRONTLINE: Trump’s Showdown”
“What few people realize is that, when you become a special prosecutor and an independent counsel, they give you a piece of paper with a mandate. At that moment, you don’t have anything else. You don’t have a staff. You don’t have agents. You don’t have prosecutors. You don’t have an office. You don’t have secretaries. You don’t have a travel department. You don’t even have a legal pad and paper clip and a pen. All of that stuff you have to build first, and then you can start to do your job.
“That’s a very hard thing to do when you’re also operating in a political environment that expects, based upon my experience and public sentiment, you’ve got about 18 months and not too much more to show results for that investigation.”