Ken Starr wanted to indict Hillary Clinton for perjury because of her 'outright mendacity' in answering more than 100 questions 'I don't know', under oath about Whitewater scandal
- Starr set to publish new book, Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation
- Former independent counsel investigated President Clinton in the 1990s
- Clintons gave depositions under oath about Whitewater and Vince Foster suicide
- Starr writes that the President 'bobbed and weaved' but 'was always pleasant as he avoided answering'
- But Hillary Clinton repeatedly said 'I don't recall' or 'I don't remember,' according to Starr
- Starr writes that he would have sought to indict Hillary Clinton for perjury but it was difficult to prove she lied
By Ariel Zilber For Dailymail.com
Published: 19:57 EDT, 10 September 2018 | Updated: 20:24 EDT, 10 September 2018
Kenneth Starr considered seeking an indictment against Hillary Clinton for perjury while he was investigating her husband, then-President Bill Clinton, the former independent counsel writes in his new memoir.
Starr eventually abandoned any thought of indicting the former First Lady even though he believed she was lying when testifying about the suicide of former White House advisor Vince Foster.
He recalled the Clintons making the statements during a deposition on January 22, 1995, according to the book, Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation.
Both Bill and Hillary Clinton were asked questions under oath about Foster as well as the Whitewater land deal from their time in Arkansas, according to an excerpt of the book obtained by Fox News.
Kenneth Starr (seen above) considered seeking an indictment against Hillary Clinton for perjury while he was investigating her husband, then-President Bill Clinton, the former independent counsel writes in his new memoir
When writing about the former president, Starr recalls: ‘Clinton bobbed and weaved, but was always pleasant as he avoided answering.’
Bill Clinton's attorney, David Kendall, told DailyMail.com in response: 'The American people saw through Starr’s obsessive pursuit of President Clinton and will see through his attempt to rewrite history to vindicate his own sullied reputation.'
Starr had a more negative view of Hillary Clinton’s performance.
‘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 writes.
‘This suggested outright mendacity.
‘To be sure, human memory is notoriously fallible, but her strained performance struck us as preposterous.’
Starr writes that he decided against trying to prosecute the First Lady because it would have been difficult to prove she lied.
‘[P]roving that someone knowingly lied when they said “I don’t recall” or “I don’t remember” is extremely difficult, especially if that person is the First Lady,’ he said.
Both Bill and Hillary Clinton were asked questions under oath about the death of former White House aide Vince Foster as well as the Whitewater land deal from their time in Arkansas, according to an excerpt of Starr's new book
‘What was clear was that Mrs. Clinton couldn’t be bothered to make it appear as if she were telling the truth.’
DailyMail.com has reached out to Hillary Clinton's representatives seeking comment.
Starr’s book is the first time he has gone into full detail about his role in investigating the Clintons.
Then-President Clinton was nearly removed from office after Starr’s investigation into alleged obstruction of justice and perjury led to his impeachment.
Starr writes in his book that the Clintons ‘knowingly embarked on a continuing course of action that was contemptuous of our revered system of justice.’
He writes that he first became aware of Bill Clinton’s risky behavior before the Arkansas Democrat was elected president.
In 1992, when Starr was solicitor general, he traveled to Little Rock while Clinton, who was the governor of Arkansas at the time, was campaigning for the presidency.
One of Clinton’s bodyguards picked up Starr and told him ‘salacious story after salacious story about the governor’s notorious extracurricular escapades.’
‘The trooper’s highly specific details suggested that the tales were not made up,’ Starr writes.
Starr was told by one Arkansas state trooper that Hillary Clinton used ‘salty language’ when she ‘discovered a clandestine episode under way in the guest cottage of the governor’s mansion.’
‘A former beauty pageant queen, the trooper told me, had been Bill Clinton’s guest,’ Starr writes.
Foster, whose death was ruled a suicide, has been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories involving the Clintons
‘Little did I know that in less than two years, after the governor became president, I would be tasked’ with investigating him, Starr writes.
Clinton’s alleged sexual exploits as Arkansas governor surfaced in what became known as the Troopergate scandal.
Arkansas state troopers claimed that during Clinton’s tenure as governor, they arranged for sexual encounters with a number of mistresses while helping conceal his activities from his wife.
During Starr’s investigation of the Clintons, he writes that Foster’s death ‘haunted me.’
‘In many ways, I was a lot like him: serious about the law, conscientious, and loyal to a fault,’ Starr writes of Foster.
‘Foster had been needled by the media, which I knew all too well could be brutal, especially for someone not used to the public eye.’
Foster’s death has been the subject of numerous conspiracy theories over the years, particularly in right-wing conservative circles.
Though initial investigations determined Foster's death to be a suicide, Starr looked into allegations that he was murdered, according to The Washington Post.
One of the individuals who urged Starr to look into Foster's death was Brett Kavanaugh, who at the time was a member of Starr's staff.
Kavanaugh is President Donald Trump's nominee to replace Anthony Kennedy on the Supreme Court.
In total, five different government investigations into Foster's death ruled that he died by suicide.
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