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The Starr Report: The Independent Counsel's Complete Report to Congress on the Investigation of President Clinton

Starr, Kenneth

ISBN 10: 0671034790 / ISBN 13: 9780671034795
Published by Pocket Books, 1998
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Fine/S 1st Edition/1st Printing paperback. SIGNED by Ken Starr on front end page. Bookseller Inventory # 010895

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Title: The Starr Report: The Independent Counsel's ...

Publisher: Pocket Books

Publication Date: 1998

Binding: Soft cover

Signed: Signed by Author

Edition: 1st Edition

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The report submitted by Kenneth Starr, independent counsel, is accompanied by a White House response and analysis by a reporter for the Washington Post


Here it is--the result of four years of investigative research, at an approximate cost of $40 million. Back in 1994, Kenneth Starr was appointed to investigate a series of investments made by Bill and Hillary Clinton; the Whitewater allegations never bore fruit, but then somebody whispered stories about the president and an intern named Monica Lewinsky into Starr's ear. He and his team of prosecutors sniffed around, and this is what they've come up with: "According to Ms. Lewinsky, she and the President had ten sexual encounters, eight while she worked at the White House and two thereafter." The details are bathetic in their precision: "during many of their sexual encounters," Starr notes, "the President stood leaning against the doorway of the bathroom across from the study, which, he told Ms. Lewinsky, eased his sore back." And yes, as far as we know, that was the president's semen on Monica's navy dress.

Whether or not it's the government's job to produce hackneyed narratives about young women who find themselves falling in love with powerful men is for voters to decide, but this story would be rejected outright by readers of Harold Robbins or Jackie Susann were it not for the newsworthy elements. Of course, there's also the second half of the report, in which Starr explains how Clinton's attempts to prevent his relationship with Lewinsky from becoming public knowledge constitute grounds for his impeachment. That's the part of the document that matters most from a political perspective ... but it's doubtful that it'll be the part that lingers in historical memory. (Note: You can also read the Starr report in electronic form for free at a number of locations on the Web, including the Library of Congress site and the commercial sites, Netscape Netcenter, and Yahoo!)

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