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Tue Dec 11, 2018, 06:45 PM

Should Ken Starr Have Had The Authority To Criminally Indict Bill Clinton?

Ken Starr was the independent counsel charged with investigating various matters during the Clinton presidency. On the basis of his investigation, Bill Clinton was impeached, but was not convicted in the Senate.

As a federal prosecutor, should Ken Starr have had the authority and ability to indict President Clinton and proceed with a criminal trial on whatever charges he may have framed?

Why or why not?
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Reply Should Ken Starr Have Had The Authority To Criminally Indict Bill Clinton? (Original post)
jberryhill Dec 2018 OP
DURHAM D Dec 2018 #1
dameatball Dec 2018 #2
XRubicon Dec 2018 #3
dawg day Dec 2018 #4
Tommy_Carcetti Dec 2018 #5
AJT Dec 2018 #6
cynatnite Dec 2018 #7
jberryhill Dec 2018 #8
cynatnite Dec 2018 #11
McCamy Taylor Dec 2018 #9
jberryhill Dec 2018 #10

Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 06:46 PM

1. For what exactly? nt

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 06:47 PM

2. I would just prefer that they impeach him again. Hillary too. Oh...wait. Nevermind.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 06:49 PM

3. Wasn't it a civil case?

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 06:52 PM

4. no one would ever be indicted for anything like that anyway.

i'm pretty sure that if Ken Starr thought he could get an indictment, he would have tried. He was on a MISHUN.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 06:58 PM

5. ........

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 07:25 PM

6. Did he commit a federal crime? Was lying to the FBI the reason for impeachment?

I would think that he could have been indicted if lying to the FBI is a federal crime.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 07:29 PM

7. He lied under oath...committed perjury...

Not the same.

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Response to cynatnite (Reply #7)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 07:45 PM

8. That misses the point


Perjury is a felony.

But the question is not "what, if anything, could Starr have indicted Clinton for". The question is, should he have had the authority to do so, since he would most certainly have used it if he believed he had it.

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Response to jberryhill (Reply #8)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 10:16 PM

11. Well, that's an easy no...

Starr spent years going after the Clintons and all he got was perjury about an affair. Prosecuting that would have been laughable at the very least, especially since Bill Clinton's approval ratings had only gotten higher. Starr actually did abuse his authority and made his scope never-ending, IMO. He was going until he found something...anything. Unfortunately, Bill had to be an idiot and got caught.

If my memory is wrong, feel free to correct me.

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Response to jberryhill (Original post)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 07:48 PM

9. Only the Senate can impeach.

if the DOJ had the ability to indict a president, J Edgar Hoover would have ruled DC.

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Response to McCamy Taylor (Reply #9)

Tue Dec 11, 2018, 08:10 PM

10. Good point about Hoover

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