Ken Starr: House Democrats declare ‘all-out war’ on Trump

Ken Starr: House Democrats declare ‘all-out war’ on Trump

August 15, 2019 100 By Stanley Isaacs


>>THE INTELLIGENCE COMMITTEE CHAIR ADAM SCHIFF WANTS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES TO RELEASE CLASSIFIED INFORMATION. THE JUDICIARY CHAIR NADLER WANTS THE ATTORNEY GENERAL OF THE UNITED STATES TO RELEASE GRAND JURY MATERIAL. THAT’S WHERE WE’RE AT BECAUSE THEY’RE SO FOCUSED ON GETTING THE PRESIDENT. FORGET ABOUT THE RULE OF LAW AND HOW THINGS ARE SUPPOSED TO HAPPEN. THEY’RE ALL ABOUT GETTING THE PRESIDENT. IT’S A SAD STATE OF AFFAIRS.>>Bill: DEMOCRATS HAVE RAMPED UP THEIR INVESTIGATION OF THE PRESIDENT. THEY MOVE IN THREE ISSUES IN EIGHT HOURS YESTERDAY. KEN STARR WROTE THE BOOK “CONTEMPT” IN THE CLINTON INVESTIGATION. HE HAS EXPERIENCE ON THIS. THANK YOU FOR COMING BACK HERE. JERRY NADLER SAID HIS COMMITTEE MUST SEE EVERYTHING THAT BARR HAS IN HIS POSSESSION. HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK THEY WILL SEE OR PERHAPS GIVEN YOUR EXPERIENCE IN THIS HOW MUCH DO YOU THINK WE SEE IN THE END?>>WE HAVE TO PROTECT GRAND JURY INFORMATION FULL STOP. NOW THERE CAN BE A COURT ORDER UNDER CERTAIN CIRCUMSTANCES TO REVEAL THIS BUT THERE ARE POLICY REASONS FOR GRAND JURY SECRECY, NOT JUST A RULE. IT IS A RULE THAT SAYS WITNESS — WHEN YOU GO BEFORE THE GRAND JURY YOU CAN REST ASSURED YOU HAVE TO BE TRUTHFUL, DON’T LIE, BUT YOU CAN REST ASSURED THAT WILL REMAIN CONFIDENTIAL EXCEPT THE MOST EXTRAORDINARY CIRCUMSTANCES. JUST WIDE AND FULL DISCLOSURE IS NOT ANTICIPATED BY WITNESSES. SO I THINK IT REALLY TUGS AT THE VERY PURPOSE AND FUNCTION OF A GRAND JURY. LEAVING ASIDE NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION. AS WE KNOW, BOB MUELLER REACHED OUT TO A NUMBER OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES. SOME 13 REQUESTS OF FOREIGN COUNTRIES. SO THERE IS A LOT OF SENSITIVE STUFF AND WE HAVEN’T EVEN GOTTEN TO PRIVACY INTERESTS THAT CHAIRMAN NADLER USED TO CARE A LOT ABOUT.>>Bill: THE WAY THAT LAW WAS FOR YOU 21 YEARS AGO. YOU WERE REQUIRED TO GIVE YOUR REPORT TO CONGRESS. THE LAW SINCE MUELLER IS REQUIRED TO GIVE HIS INFORMATION TO THE ATTORNEY GENERAL WILLIAM BARR TO WHICH HE SAID LAST FRIDAY AFTERNOON WE’RE PREPARING THE REPORT FOR RELEASE AND THE SPECIAL COUNSEL IS ASSISTING US IN THIS PROCESS. PEEL BACK THE CURTAIN. ARE THEY ALL IN A ROOM TOGETHER SAYING WHAT’S IN AND WHAT’S OUT? HOW DOES THAT WORK?>>YEAH, THEY WILL LITERALLY BE IN A ROOM GOING LINE BY LINE. WE LIVE IN THE ELECTRONIC AGE BUT I BET A NICKEL THAT THEY ARE SITTING AROUND GOING LINE BY LINE THROUGH THE REPORT. THAT WILL TAKE A WHILE. BUT BILL BARR HAS PROMISED TRANSPARENCY AND HE WILL TRY TO DO HIS JOB TO PROTECT THE SANCTITY AND CONFIDENTIALITY OF THE GRAND JURY PROCESS. WE’VE TALKED ABOUT NATIONAL SECURITY INFORMATION. BUT THEY ARE GOING IN WITH HIGHLIGHTERS AND SAYING THIS IS GRAND JURY INFORMATION SO WE HAVE TO BE CAREFUL ABOUT THAT. SO BY THE WAY AS A QUICK EDITORIAL NOTE, WE NOW SEE THE PROBLEMS OF WHAT WE USED TO DO DURING THE STATUTE UNDER WHICH I OPERATED WHICH IS FULL DISCLOSURE, GIVE IT TO CONGRESS AND CONGRESS WILL DO WHATEVER IT WANTS. CONGRESS WITH THE STARR REPORT THEY REVEALED IT ALL SHOCKINGLY AND PEOPLE RECOILED AND SAID WE DON’T WANT THAT ANYMORE. THAT’S WHAT THESE REGULATIONS ARE DESIGNED TO DO, TO STOP THAT KIND OF COMPLETE, FULL DISCLOSURE.>>Bill: YOU WERE ACCUSED OF PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT IN THE 1990s. YOU REMEMBER THAT ALL TOO WELL. NOW THE PRESIDENT IS GOING TO SAY THE SAME THING. EIGHT HOURS YESTERDAY AS I MENTIONED A MOMENT AGO REQUEST FOR TAX RETURNS FOR SIX YEARS, FINANCIAL RECORDS FROM HIS COMPANY AND THE FULL MUELLER REPORT AS WELL. HOW DO YOU KNOW LOOK AT WHAT IS HAPPENING AS WE AWAIT THE BARR CONCLUSIONS?>>BILL, IT’S CLEAR THAT IT’S ALL-OUT WAR AGAINST THE PRESIDENT. THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, THE MAJORITY IS SEEKING TO USE ITS ENTIRE POWER TO DO EVERYTHING IT CAN ON EVERY FRONT TO GO AFTER THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. BUT GUESS WHAT? THE PRESIDENT WILL HAVE DEFENSES. HE WILL HAVE RESPONSES. THIS MAY VERY WELL END UP IN COURT IF THIS CONTINUES. SO WE’VE GOT A LOT OF STORMY WEATHER AHEAD UNFORTUNATELY.>>Bill: KEN STARR, I HOPE YOU COME BACK WHEN THE CLOUDS CLEAR OR BEFORE.