Ken Starr has been a D.C. Circuit Court judge, a law school dean and the U.S. solicitor general. But he is best known for his work in the Office of the Independent Counsel and the report that came to colloquially bear his name.
The Starr Report unveiled the salacious details of President Bill Clinton’s affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky and produced evidence that the president had committed perjury.
Twenty years after President Clinton’s impeachment by the U.S. House of Representatives, Starr has written Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation. Starr spoke with the ABA Journal’s Lee Rawles in late October for this episode of the Modern Law Library. He spoke about how he came to run the OIC; what the Whitewater scandal was really about; how he thinks we should evaluate conspiracy theories; and what impact being the focus of massive media coverage has had on his ideas about the importance of a free press.
Starr also shares his thoughts on Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh, who served under him in the OIC, and explains why he advocated for an end to the Office of the Independent Counsel.
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