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In looking at the current scandal about the politicization of the U.S. attorneys in the Bush Administration, I am reminded frequently of the Clinton years and the investigation of the Whitewater scandal conducted by Ken Starr, now a dean at Pepperdine Law School.
The investigation had strong political overtones, as any such matter invariably does. But it was managed in a blatantly political way, to its own strong discredit. Most of the serious abuses which are surfacing in the current story also occurred in Starr’s investigation. The failure to maintain the secrecy of grand jury materials was shocking. Recently I picked up an advance copy of a new biography of Hillary Clinton called Her Way and discovered that the leaks have continued, and that Starr was being openly cited as a source. My thoughts on this subject appear in a column in the August issue of the American Lawyer.
More from Scott Horton:
Six Questions — October 18, 2014, 8:00 pm
Nathaniel Raymond on CIA interrogation techniques.
Mark Denbeaux on the NCIS cover-up of three “suicides” at Guantánamo Bay Detention Camp
From the June 2014 issue
Acres of hemp grown by “patriotic‚” U.S. farmers in 1942 at the behest of the U.S. government:
A study suggested that the health effects of exposure to nuclear radiation at Chernobyl were no worse than ill health resulting from smoking and normal urban air pollution.
Greenpeace apologized after activists accidentally defaced the site of Peru’s 2,000-year-old Nazca Lines when they unfurled cloth letters reading “time for change” near the ancient sand drawings. “We fully understand,” the group wrote in a statement, “that this looks bad.”
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