From the title page of the actual original report -- note the date.
"Why the report remained out of sight for nearly 14 years is something of a mystery. Gormley said the central players -- including [Monica] Lewinsky -- believed that it had been sealed by the court. Lewinsky told [Duquesne University School of Law Dean Ken] Gormley [author of the 2010 book The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs. Starr, 'an exhaustive study of the Lewinsky investigation'] that she had long wished to read the report but believed that it was hidden from public view.
"An archivist at the National Archives said three copies of the report are contained in the files of the independent counsel, none marked as sealed.
"The Post sought the report after being contacted by Jim Lichtman, a writer and lecturer on ethics who obtained a copy this year through a public-records request.
" 'This is one piece of the whole Clinton-Starr battle that had remained a mystery,' Gormley said."
This is just swell. Some 16 years after the fact, for the last 14 of which a government report has been sitting completed . . . well, somewhere, we have an answer to the question, Did Kenny Boy Starr, the special persecutor pursuing his mission to destroy Bill Clinton, and his henchscum overreach in their handling of Monica Lewinsky?
The majestic time frame has all sorts of resonances. For one, I figure that if Kenny Boy and his criminal co-conspirators had been prosecute way back when for the full panoply of their crimes, as they should have been, maybe along about now they would be coming up for parole. To which I would have recommended saying, "Uh-uh, considering the crimes they committed against Americans, let all their stinking carcasses rot in prison till they turn to dust."
I almost referred to the Starr inquisition's "handling of key witness Monica Lewinsky," but of course she wasn't witness to anything that Kenny Boy should have been pursuing. By then, despite the torrent of lies spewing forth from the Great Right-Wing Noise Machine, he knew it was all bullshit, legally speaking. He had come up empty on "high crimes and misdemeanors," the requirement for impeachment. In fact, he hadn't managed to come up with even the teeny-tiniest
of crimes. So psycho Kenny, in his desperate compulsion to Get Big Bill, determined to stop at nothing to bring him down to something smaller even than his own microscopic size (could there really be anything smaller than his microscopic size?), had devised a strategy for manufacturing
a crime -- or at least something really, really bad, which would be almost as good as a crime. And of course he was being coddled by treasonous right-wing judges and cheered on by slathering right-wing pols.
The strategy was genius. If all he had was blowjobs, well, make an omelet with them, or lemonade, or something. First, get Big Bill to fib about the blowjobs; then, pretend that his about-to-burst self-righteous wrath wasn't about the blowjobs but about the fibs. And then bluster your way to high crimes and misdemeanors. Hey, Kenny Boy may be a legal ignoramus, but he pumped himself up into a pretty nasty thug. One thing he could surely do was smear that goddamn son of a bitch Big Bill. And if he could conjure up a wee bit of perjury, well, that could be a high crime and misdemeanor, no?
As a matter of fact, yes. As a lying scumbag, Kenny Boy was aces. Remember that, with no legal case of any kind, he still managed to get Big Bill impeached. Not convicted, but impeached
. Not bad for a legal ignoramus and self-righteous lying scumbag, eh?
TO GET BACK TO THE REPORT
You remember, the suddenly-with-us report ordered up by special counsel Robert Ray. In her report on the report, "Lewinsky mistreated by authorities in investigation of Clinton, report says
," the Washington Post
's Rosalind S. Helderman seems more than anything concerned with the ongoing anguish of Monica Lewinsky. She begins by noting that in her "major speech this week," "Lewinsky’s voice cracked as she recalled the moment in January 1998 when she was first confronted by FBI agents and lawyers working for Kenneth W. Starr’s Office of Independent Counsel, who threatened her and her mother with criminal prosecution if she did not agree to wear a wire against President Bill Clinton." She goes on:
Lewinsky, now 41, has long felt that she was mistreated by authorities in the 12-hour marathon session, which began as an ambush at the food court at the Pentagon City mall and then moved to a hotel room at the mall’s adjoining Ritz-Carlton hotel.
As it turns out, so did government lawyers who conducted a comprehensive review of the incident in 2000, two years after the encounter.
"Their findings, Helderman tells us, "are contained in a report -- recently obtained by The Washington Post -- that key players had long believed was under court-ordered seal." (She also tells us that we can "click here to read the full report
According to the report, a prosecutor who confronted Lewinsky “exercised poor judgment and made mistakes in his analysis, planning and execution of the approach.” The report, written by two lawyers appointed to investigate the matter by Robert W. Ray, Starr’s successor as independent counsel, concluded that the “matter could have been handled better.”
Well, there ya go!
Kenny Boy and his team of torturers could have handled the matter better!
I suppose you have to give Robert Ray, the man appointed to succeed Kenny Boy as special persecutor, for commissioning such a report. You don't suppose it was his intention to bury the report if it found as much as a hint of wrongdoing? No, certainly not. The general assumption seems to have been that that job was handled by the team of Jesse Helms-blessed judges who oversaw the special persecution.
Maybe they didn't like the idea that if the report was released, people -- people like me, to pick an especially puny example -- would pounce on that business about how the "matter could have been handled better," and make merciless fun of everyone involved in the persecution. Which, after all, is what people like me are gonna do, count on it.
Now here it is, 14 years later, or really 16, and during that time we went through eight years of a regime that made it a basic principle to trash any law or ethical standard that stood in the way of its far-right-wing agenda. And not a peep was heard from the "Impeach Bill" crowd. And not a peep was heard from the Right-Wing Noise Machine. It's only when Barack Obama became president, and spent most of his time in office cowering at the bullying of the Republican minority in the Senate and, after 2010, majority in the House, that the RWNM regained its voice, screeching about an imagined "imperial presidency."
A campaign of screeching, psychotic lies that Kenny Boy Starr himself would probably be proud of.
Meanwhile, there's hardly a Republican candidate for office any where in the land who isn't under the shadow of some sort of scandal, many of which Howie has reported on -- but it really isn't easy to keep track. And in any case, they don't seem to matter. Now we have the perfect solution. Cover your eyes, count to 16 years, and then fuhgeddaboutit.
Labels: Bill Clinton, Impeachment, Right-Wing Noise Machine