Former independent counsel Ken Starr revealed in his new memoir that he almost brought perjury charges against Hillary Clinton after a 1995 deposition because he believed she was not being truthful about former White House adviser Vince Foster‘s “suicide” or the Whitewater investigation.
Starr’s probe began with the Whitewater land scandal, but that was just the beginning of many controversial and disturbing events that unfolded afterwards.
In Starr’s memoir — “Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation,” which was obtained in advance by Fox News — Starr writes “I was haunted” and deeply concerned that Clinton claimed more than 100 times that she didn’t recall or remember pertinent information about Foster or the Whitewater investigation.
“I was upset over Mrs. Clinton’s performance, and was even considering bringing the matter before the Washington grand jury for possible indictment on perjury,” Starr wrote.
“In the space of three hours, she claimed, by our count, over a hundred times that she ‘did not recall’ or ‘did not remember,'” Starr continued. “This suggested outright mendacity. To be sure, human memory is notoriously fallible, but her strained performance struck us as preposterous.”
Starr was referring to questions about Foster’s mysterious “suicide” and other matters regarding the Whitewater investigation.
Starr was appointed as an independent counsel to investigate credible allegations that the Clinton’s and others were laundering money through businesses in Arkansas that they had purchased. Both Clintons were also named in a criminal referral regarding the probe, but, unsurprising to many, were eventually cleared of charges.
Starr’s investigation began by looking into Whitewater, but it quickly moved into former President Bill Clinton’s admitted affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The saga played out for years, and ended with Clinton being impeached in the House of Representatives on charges of perjury and obstructing justice. Clinton also admitted to having a sexual encounter with Lewinsky in the Oval Office, after previously lying under oath.
Starr also investigated Foster’s mysterious suicide in 1993, where the former White House aide and longtime Clinton confidant reportedly shot himself.
As seen in the photo below, Clinton was close to Foster:
In his book, Starr wrote that Clinton said she “didn’t recall” and “I don’t remember” more than 100 times when he asked her questions about Foster’s death. The former independent counsel said this haunted and bothered him, admitting that he found it deeply perplexing that she claimed to know just about nothing about Foster despite working with him for many years.
Starr said that he decided not to bring charges against Clinton because he feared it would be too difficult to prove that she lied by essentially pleading ignorance.
“What was clear was that Mrs. Clinton couldn’t be bothered to make it appear as if she were telling the truth,” Starr concluded.
The Washington Post released a timeline of events in the late 1990s regarding the controversial Whitewater land deal, the Clintons involvement, and how that kicked-off the Starr investigation.
In 1993, the Post reported: “Deputy White House Counsel Vincent Foster file[d] three years of delinquent Whitewater corporate tax returns.”
One month later, Foster was found dead in a Washington Park and authorities ruled his death a suicide.
The Post reported that “Federal investigators [were] not allowed access to Foster’s office immediately after the discovery, but White House aides enter[ed] Foster’s office shortly after his death, giving rise to speculation that files were removed from his office.”
The Post noted at the time that Foster’s death was stunning to many:
“Why did the stings of Washington life, endured by so many, prove fatal for Vincent W. Foster Jr.?
Fiske’s report tells the story of a man stretched until he broke. As simple – and as mysterious – as that. In the months since Foster’s body was found resting on a slope beside a Civil War cannon, the airwaves and printing presses have been filled with theories of conspiracy and intrigue. Rumors about his death shook the stock market and dogged the president. Foster came to be seen by many as the key to a vault of dark secrets about some of the most powerful people in the world.”
In 2016, the Washington Free Beacon reported that “Hillary Clinton relentlessly browbeat her clinically depressed former law partner Vince Foster shortly before he committed suicide in 1993, according to notes from a final jailhouse interview with a former close business partner of the Clintons.”
While liberals are quick to label anyone who questions the Clintons and Foster’s death as conspiracy theorists, it appears even Starr was haunted by these events and wanted to charge Clinton with perjury for refusing to answer questions about the mysterious death.