This folder contains data behind the story 'Is The Russia Investigation Really Another Watergate?' https://projects.fivethirtyeight.com/russia-investigation/
A dataset with 194 rows representing every special investigation since the Watergate probe began in 1973 and 13 variables
Unique id for each investigation
Start date of the investigation
End date of the investigation
Length, in days, of the investigation. Days will be negative if the charge occurred before the investigation began.
Name of the person charged (if applicable). Will be blank if there were no charges.
Length, in days, from the start of the investigation to the date the person was charged (if applicable). Days will be negative if the charge occurred before the investigation began.
Result of charge (if applicable)
Date the person plead guilty or was convicted (if applicable)
Length, in days, from the start of the investigation to the date the person plead guilty or was convicted (if applicable)
Whether or not the relevant person's conviction was overturned
Whether or not the relevant person's charge was pardoned
Whether or not the relevant person's charge was a U.S. resident
President at the center of the investigation
Information for this story is drawn from an original data set of special counsel, independent counsel and special prosecutor investigations from 1973 to 2019. The data set was created by consulting historical sources, including final reports generated by independent counsels, special counsels and special prosecutors; reports in Congressional Quarterly; and contemporaneous news stories. Secondary historical sources were also consulted, including a 2006 Congressional Research Service report about independent counsel investigations and a history of the Watergate investigation by Stanley Kutler. Data about pardons was obtained from the Office of the Pardon Attorney. Indicted organizations were excluded from our analysis. The data set, which is available on Github, includes the names of all people charged as part of these investigations, as well as the outcome of their cases and the dates of major actions in their cases.
2006 Congressional Research Service report: https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc815038/m2/1/high_res_d/98-19_2006Jun08.pdf
dataset in GitHub: https://github.com/fivethirtyeight/data/tree/master/russia-investigation