FBI Director Robert Mueller III testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a oversight hearing on Capitol Hill December 14, 2011 in Washington, DC.

When we need special counsel

CNN's Ariane de Vogue explains what circumstances are needed in order for the Department of Justice to call on a special counsel.

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About 

    Ariane de Vogue serves as a reporter for CNN covering the Supreme Court and legal issues, chronicling everything from breaking news about major rulings to the evolving politics of personality among the justices. She works closely with CNN's justice team and guides network-wide reporting on Supreme Court cases and other legal developments.

    Since joining the network, de Vogue has covered the sudden death of Justice Antonin Scalia and the nominations of Judges Merrick Garland and Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. She has also covered groundbreaking Supreme Court decisions on gay marriage, health care, religious freedom and abortion. During and after the 2016 election cycle, she has followed voting rights challenges across the county and has explored legal issues surrounding the President's executive orders. 

    de Vogue joined CNN in 2015. Prior to joining the network, de Vogue covered the Court and the nominations of several justices for ABC News.  As an investigative producer for ABC News, she also worked on stories concerning terrorism, the aftermath of September 11th, the presidential impeachment proceedings, campaign finance regulations, and legal challenges during national elections.

    She grew up in Westville, Indiana, and is a graduate of The George Washington University.