REVIEW: Ken Starr releases his memoirs of Bill Clinton's impeachment

REVIEW: Ken Starr releases his memoirs of Bill Clinton’s impeachment

Opinion
[Washington Times] Earlier this month, when the unsupported allegations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh had just become front page news, I happened to be in a physician’s office for a routine check-up. It turned out that my doctor — whose anonymity I’ll respect — had been a prep school classmate of Judge Kavanaugh.

VIDEO: [Fox News] Interview with Ken Starr on his new book ‘Contempt’ and the new information that he considered charging Hillary with perjury.


He distinctly remembered Judge Kavanaugh as a straight arrow, the last person in the world to behave the way his accuser claimed he had, especially at a time and place she said she couldn’t remember, at a gathering she doesn’t know how she got to or how she got home from. According to his classmate, Judge Kavanaugh was a good scout type, an earnest, serious student who already had his sights set on a judicial career, and who was “a very good guy but not a lot of fun to hang out with.”

A few days later, as I read “Contempt,” it occurred to me that the same description might fit its author, Ken Starr. Mr. Starr emerges from the pages of his honest, straightforward memoir as an exemplary private person and a first-class legal thinker of impeccable integrity and meticulous professionalism. In short, “a very good guy but not a lot of fun to hang out with.” While this might not make him ideal happy hour company, it certainly made Ken Starr the right choice to head a sensitive investigation into serious — and ever-expanding — evidence of unethical, illegal behavior on the part of a sitting president and a first lady who was a ruthless wheeler-dealer in her own right.

As my old friend Tim O’Brien, who covered the investigation for ABC news, has commented elsewhere, “If you think you know the story, you don’t — until you read this gripping account of what happened behind the scenes, as the Whitewater prosecutors crossed swords with the most powerful man — and woman — in the world.”

Throughout his life, Ken Starr has lived by a strong moral code instilled in him by firm but loving parents with strong religious roots (his father was an evangelical pastor). Mr. Starr is almost exactly the same age as Bill Clinton, and, like him, was a bright kid from humble origins who decided to go to law school. But there the comparison ends. Mr. Starr was raised in a healthy family setting, Mr. Clinton by a rather flamboyant mother and an abusive, alcoholic stepfather. Mr. Starr reverenced his profession; Mr. Clinton considered it a convenient stepping stone to elective office. Mr. Starr has always played by the rules; Mr. Clinton doesn’t think they should apply to him.

This article continues at [Washington Times] Analysis/Opinion: Contempt: A memoir of the Clinton Investigation

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