Kenneth W. Starr
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The independent counsel is a Republican lawyer and former solicitor general during the Bush administration. Starr, 51, has been leading the ever-expanding investigation known as "Whitewater" for more than four years.
In January, Starr asked for and received permission to expand his investigation into perjury and obstruction of justice allegations related to the Monica Lewinsky matter. He was already investigating a parallel allegation involving Clinton's friend Vernon E. Jordan Jr. and Whitewater figure Webster Hubbell.
Starr certainly played hardball with the investigation. Among the tactics that have come under particular scrutiny: wiring Lewinsky's confidante, Linda Tripp, pressuring Lewinsky not to call her lawyer at her first meeting with prosecutors, and forcing Lewinsky's mother, Marcia Lewis, to testify before a grand jury about her daughter.
In July, Starr gave Lewinsky full immunity from prosecution in return for her testimony. Starr had spent months sparring with Lewinsky attorneys William Ginsburg and Nathaniel Speights over what precisely Lewinsky was willing to tell a grand jury. After Lewinsky fired Ginsburg and replaced him with noted Washington trial attorneys Plato Cacheris and Jacob Stein, they worked out a deal. Lewinsky testified on August 6 that she and Clinton had several sexual liasons, but that Clinton had never told her to lie under oath.
(Another witness who cooperated with Starr is Kathleen Willey, a former White House volunteer, who claims that Clinton groped her during her November 1993 visit to the Oval Office. Clinton denied it under oath in his deposition for the Paula Jones lawsuit.)
Clinton himself answered questions from Starr and his deputies on August 17. That night, in a televised address, Clinton bitterly denounced Starr for "prying" into his personal life.
On September 9, Starr delivered to Congress an extraordinary, sexually graphic 453-page document, suggesting 11 possible grounds for impeachment related to Clinton's attempts to cover up his relationship.
The report, released over the Internet by the House Judiciary Committee on September 12, overflowed with graphic accounts of sexual escapades in the Oval Office suite, and was followed up by the further release of thousands of pages of supporting material.
Starr's Five-Year Probe Appears to Be Winding Down (May 9, 1999)
(Updated May 9, 1999)
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