Trump had high praise for Ken Starr following his comments Fox News’s “Sunday Morning Futures” comments regarding the 13 Russian indictments that were handed down by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, in which Starr said:
“We’re now aiming our guns, so to speak, where they should be aimed. I think we should stop pointing fingers at one another in this country and realize who the real enemy is… These were spies.”
The president took to Twitter to express his agreement with and appreciation of Mr. Starr.
Thank you to KenStarr, former Independent Counsel, Whitewater, for your insight and powerful words on FISA abuse, Russian meddling etc. Really great interview with @MariaBartiromo
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 18, 2018
But was it wise for this president, already awash in scandals and about whom the terms “impeachment” and “25th Amendment” are so frequently uttered, to have addressed Starr’s comment at all? Clearly his ego was calling the shots on that, as per usual.
But with Ken Starr back in the zeitgeist, The New York Times unearthed a 19-year-old memo Starr under the the Freedom of Information Act that makes things… more complicated.
As so many on Trump’s team continue to insist the president is immune to indictment, Starr’s memo may aid Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation into Donald Trump’s ties to the Russian collusion scandal.
The memo shows that Starr assigned Ronald Rotunda, a prominent conservative professor of constitutional law and ethics whom Mr. Starr hired as a consultant on his legal team, to write the memo in spring 1998 after deputies advised him that they had gathered enough evidence to ask a grand jury to indict former President Bill Clinton.
Ken Starr’s 56 page memo reads, in part:
“It is proper, constitutional, and legal for a federal grand jury to indict a sitting president for serious criminal acts that are not part of, and are contrary to, the president’s official duties. In this country, no one, even President Clinton, is above the law.”
This sentiment echoes that of George Conway, who penned a now infamous op-ed for the Los Angeles Times in 1994 arguing that Clinton’s presidency did not mean he could not be sued. The title of the piece is: ‘No Man in This Country . . . Is Above the Law’
George Conway, despite his wife’s position in the Trump administration, has remained one of Donald Trump’s most vociferous critics.
When Donald Trump argued that the “appointment of the Special Councel [sic] is totally UNCONSTUTIONAL!” — Conway was quick to respond
And if this were true, you’d think this conservative Republican-controlled Department of Justice would revoke or decline to utilize the Special Counsel regulations. But it hasn’t. https://t.co/cAggK0XfdU
— George Conway (@gtconway3d) June 4, 2018
Maybe someone should teach Donald Trump to be careful shining a light on people simply because they say something he thinks he agrees with, or simply because they are Republicans.