Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation
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Twenty years after the Starr Report and the Clinton impeachment, former special prosecutor Ken Starr in the end shares his definitive account of one of the crucial 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 quite a lot of journalists and participants. Whenever liberals recall those years, they on a regular basis depict independent counsel Ken Starr as an out-of-keep watch over, politically driven prosecutor.
But as a New York Times columnist asked in 2017, “What if Ken Starr used to be right?” What if the popular media in the 1990s completely misunderstood Starr’s motives, his tactics, and his ultimate goal: to make certain that no one, especially not the president of the US, 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 in the end sheds light on everything he couldn’t tell us all through 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 sufferers of a so-called “vast right-wing conspiracy.” They played fast and loose with the law and abused their powers and privileges.
With the perspective we’ve all gained over the past two decades, Starr’s story and insights are more relevant than ever.