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‘I did not have sexual relations with that woman’: How Ken Starr helped burn nine words into US history

Oct 16, 2018

Former Independent Counsel Ken Starr answers questions during a discussion held at the American Enterprise Institute September 18, 2018 in Washington, DC

Former Independent Counsel Ken Starr answers questions during a discussion held at the American Enterprise Institute September 18, 2018 in Washington, DC.; Credit: Win McNamee/Getty Images

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In 1998, Time magazine committed an unorthodox move and bestowed its prestigious “Man of the Year” award to two people instead of one: Kenneth Starr and Bill Clinton.

It was dramatic irony worthy of a Greek tragedy. Only this time it was real.  

Ken Starr is now documenting this highly publicized period of his life with “Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation.” The book dives deep into Starr’s perspective on the investigation, the political turmoil of the time, the criticisms regarding the “Starr Report” and more. Many details in the book are previously undisclosed, and Starr takes a frank and hard lined approach at analyzing the Clintons and their role in U.S. politics.

Starr joins Larry Mantle to discuss the new memoir and reflect on how America’s political past is never too far behind its present.

Guest:

Kenneth W. Starr, author of “Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation” (Sentinel, 2018); served as independent counsel (1994-1999) for a series of high-profile investigations, including the suicide of Vince Foster, and the Whitewater and Lewinsky scandals of the Clinton Administration; he filed the “Starr Report,” which included findings that contributed to the eventual impeachment of President Clinton; he currently sits of counsel with the Lanier Law Firm

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