Constitutional FAQ Answer #41
Q41. "I'm writing a paper regarding the implications of Janet Reno appointing a special prosecutor in certain instances. Does anyone know where the office of the attorney general is authorized? What are it's specific responsibilities?"
A. The Attorney General is authorized in the U.S. Code, 28 USC Sec 503 (or Title 28, Part 2, Chapter 31, section 503 for us mortals). Specifically:
The President shall appoint, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate, an Attorney General of the United States. The Attorney General is the head of the Department of Justice.
The duties of the AG are those of the Department of Justice, as set out in Title 28, Part 2. The first Attorney General was Edmund Randolph, appointed by George Washington in 1789.