Twenty years after the Starr Report and the Clinton impeachment, former special prosecutor Ken Starr finally shares his definitive account of one of the most divisive periods in American history.
You could fill a library with books about the scandals of the Clinton administration, which eventually led to President Clinton's impeachment by the House of Representatives. Bill and Hillary Clinton have told their version of events, as have various journalists and participants. Whenever liberals recall those years, they usually depict independent counsel Ken Starr as an out-of-control, politically driven prosecutor.
But as a New York Times columnist asked in 2017, "What if Ken Starr was right?" What if the popular media in the 1990s completely misunderstood Starr's motives, his tactics, and his ultimate goal: to ensure that no one, especially not the president of the United States, is above the law?
Starr the man at the eye of the hurricane has kept his unique perspective to himself for two full decades. In this long-awaited memoir, he finally sheds light on everything he couldn't tell us during the Clinton years, even in his carefully detailed "Starr Report" of September 1998.
Contempt puts you, the reader, into the shoes of Starr and his team as they tackle the many scandals of that era, from Whitewater to Vince Foster's death to Travelgate to Monica Lewinsky. Starr explains in vivid detail how all those scandals shared a common thread: the Clintons' contempt for our system of justice.
This book proves that Bill and Hillary Clinton weren't victims of a so-called "vast right-wing conspiracy." They played fast and loose with the law and abused their powers and privileges.
Today, from #MeToo to Robert Mueller’s investigation into the 2016 election, the office of the American presidency is in crisis—and Starr's insights are more relevant now than ever.
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About the Author
Ken Starr served as independent counsel, investigating the Clinton administration, from 1994 to 1999. His distinguished legal career also includes service as solicitor general of the United States under President George H. W. Bush, as a federal court of appeals judge nominated by President Reagan, and as a law clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice Warren Burger. He served as president of Baylor University from 2010 to 2016 and as dean of Pepperdine School of Law from 2004 to 2010.
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CHAPTER NINETEEN Monica Early on the evening of Thursday, January 15, Jackie Bennett, accompanied by Stephen Bates, a Harvard- educated member of the brain trust, met with Eric Holder at his office on the fourth floor of Main Justice. Bennett presented the situation while Bates took copious notes.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
There are no consequences for these and so many powerful people. I am slathered in disgust as this has become a way of life in America. The truth is not respected, rather the choice of our politics is the reason we live and die by the sword. No principles, no respect for the law and the truth. I fear for our very souls.
In light of the frenzied attacks on President Trump, this story is especially chilling. It seems we care less about truth than about our own prejudices and practicalities. If Trump, or any person in power is in the wrong, we need to have the courage to act. There is a reason we say, "Don't kill the messenger!" when we must deliver unwelcome news. Thank you to Mr. Starr and his family and the others working with him for having the courage to seek the truth despite the toll it has taken.
Excellent book and rightly so.
A liar who wasted millions chasing a lie
Payback for Ken Starr. You knew he was going to have his say and try to get his payday. Have'nt heard from him in years and now he scuttles out of his hiding place with a book about how it really was. Hmmm too bad the facts and truth don't add up. Sour grapes Ken.. you are just looking to cash in.