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Attorney General will stay until successor confirmed

President Reagan vowed full cooperation Tuesday with a special investigation of Edwin Meese and won a promise from Attorney General William French Smith to stay on the job until his successor is confirmed.

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Mr. Smith's agreement to stay was announced at the White House just hours after Mr. Reagan declared a blanket ''no comment'' policy on the controversy over Meese, his choice to replace Smith as the top official at the Justice Department.

A three-judge panel named Washington lawyer Jacob Stein Monday as independent counsel to conduct the inquiry into charges against Meese. Stein is the fourth independent counsel appointed under the post-Watergate Ethics in Government Act.

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