The Clintons just got some terrible news when a federal judge ordered the unsealing of documents from then-Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr’s two-decade old probe that led to Bill Clinton being impeached.
Fox News reported that the order was granted on Monday by Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia in response to a Freedom of Information Act request from CNN. Last week, CNN journalist Katelyn Polantz had requested that eight sealed matters arising from Starr’s 1998 investigation of Clinton “be unsealed and made public.”
Starr’s investigation was launched after the suicide of Clinton adviser Vince Foster and the Clintons’ Whitewater real estate deal in Arkansas. However, it was later expanded to include accusations of sexual misconduct and perjury, including Clinton’s relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
The request includes testimony from former Clinton aides and advisers Bruce Lindsey, Sidney Blumenthal, Nancy Hernreich, Lanny Breuer and Terry Lenzner, as well as testimony from the Secret Service. It also included a request for other White House documents, in addition to a presidential subpoena.
CNN’s FOIA request suggests the documents could be relevant to procedures for obtaining testimony in special counsel Robert Mueller’s current Russia probe.
My hunch is that the court filings in the grand jury investigation of Clinton might teach us something about Mueller’s investigation. We shall see! https://t.co/m9EQYuHP5r
— Katelyn Polantz (@kpolantz) February 13, 2018
Howell wrote that some of the Starr documents “should have been made publicly available.”
“Apparently, after issuance of the Starr Report, no specific direction was provided to the Clerk’s Office as to which documents included in the Starr Report were to be disclosed, and the Clerk’s Office rightfully carefully maintains the confidentiality of sealed matters unless expressly directed to unseal records,” Howell said.
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