While Hillary and Bill were being hammered again for emails, little was being said about the Republican lawyer who turned their lives to hell.
Former special prosecutor Ken Starr, who subjected Bill Clinton to attacks Richard Nixon never faced, was in the news.
This was a man who had defended the tobacco industry and was tight with Republican groups.
Starr was never able to convict Bill Clinton in the Monica Lewinski case or others, despite years of investigation. He could only make Clinton look bad.
But Starr lost the presidency of Baylor University.
Deadspin’s headline said: “Ken Star Faceplants When Confronted With Email Showing He Was Told About Rape At Baylor.”
Nothing is more important than football at the Texas University.
Let’s go back to the Clintons, and what created the unfavorable view many Americans have of them.
Here is what the New York Times had to say:
“By the time of Bill Clinton’s presidency, the dependably Republican Mr. Starr had built a prestigious career as an attorney, appellate judge and solicitor general under President George H. W. Bush. Then, in 1994, a congressional committee made Mr. Starr a special prosecutor to investigate the Clintons’ involvement in the Whitewater real estate venture and, juicier, the death of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster, a Clinton confidant.
Mr. Starr aspired higher and wanted to go deeper. Soon, his brief had expanded to investigating the sex life of a young woman named Monica Lewinsky. Relying on covert recordings of her confessions, Mr. Starr’s report read at times like a steamy romance novel: “She unbuttoned her jacket; either she unhooked her bra or he lifted her bra up; and he touched her breasts with his hands and mouth …”
Alternet reported: “The righteous moralist who spearheaded the impeachment of Bill Clinton has ignored sexual assaults on his own campus.”
It added: “Not to put too fine of a point on it, but Ken Starr is accused of ignoring sexual violence at Baylor University mostly because doing something about it would have jeopardized a cash cow. In his near six years as president of the school, Starr led an administration that law firm Pepper Hamilton concluded “as a whole failed” on every front to adequately address or attempt to investigate sexual assaults carried out by student athletes. Last week, the school’s Board of Regents issued a statement that it was “shocked and outraged” by the gross “mishandling of [sexual abuse] reports,” and announced it was firing head football coach Art Briles, sanctioning and placing on probation athletic director Ian McCaw and demoting Starr from president to chancellor. Days later, Starr announced he was stepping down from that role, but would continue to teach law at the institution.”
In other words, though he accepted responsibility for rapes committed by athletes, he would keep his law professor job.
Why are there no panels of pundits ripping him apart like they did when Bill Clinton had a brief chat with Atty. Gen. Loretta Lynch?
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