Ken Starr makes irony look easy


My hands are clean…

❝ On CNN’s “New Day” Friday morning, former independent counsel Ken Starr raised questions about whether current special counsel Bob Mueller might be over-stepping the bounds of his mandate in investigating Russia’s meddling in the 2016 election.

❝ Here’s the key part:

“I think the gravamen of the original complaint was, was there collusion, to the extent you’re moving beyond collusion with Russian operatives or Russian interests or the Russian government itself, and into that which doesn’t seem to have a direct tie to Russia, then these questions are in fact raised. It becomes a litigable question that people are going to sidewalk about and disagree about it. I don’t think it’s clear one way or the other, but i do think it is a certainly a serious matter.”

❝ First of all, Ken Starr is the most prominent — and controversial — independent counsel ever. If you asked a person on the street to name an independent counsel not named Bob Mueller, Ken Starr would be the only one anyone would come up with…

Second, Starr is the reason that all presidents — Trump included — are extremely leery of independent or special prosecutors. He is the definitional example of an investigation starting small and growing huge.

❝ Remember that Starr took over the Whitewater investigation, an examination into an Arkansas land deal gone bad, in 1994. By the time Starr released the eponymous report of his findings on Sept. 11, 1998, his investigation had turned its focus to Bill Clinton’s extramarital affair with a White House intern. It took four years and cost roughly $40 million.

While Starr succeeded in initiating Clinton’s impeachment, he also knew [or should have] it wasn’t going to succeed. But, he managed to waste even more taxpayer dollar$ on his crusade against the Clintons. Fact-based legal decisions sometimes seem as rare as Trump keeping promises.

One thought on “Ken Starr makes irony look easy

  1. Ante up says:

    Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said on Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 election needs permission from him, as the acting head of the Department of Justice, to expand his investigation investigation of Russia’s role in the 2016 campaign and President Donald Trump’s campaign’s potential ties to Russia if he finds evidence of an unrelated crime. http://www.businessinsider.com/deputy-attorney-general-special-counsel-mueller-needs-permission-expand-russia-investigation-2017-8 Top Trump administration officials have dismissed the investigation and attempted to undermine Mueller’s credibility. Last week, White House special counselor Kellyanne Conway dubbed the investigation a “fishing expedition.” But Mueller has broader authority in the investigation than the White House may realize. See https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/3726381/Robert-Mueller-Special-Counsel-Russia.pdf

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