A new book reveals that former Independent Counsel Ken Starr omitted in his final report that former First Lady Hillary Clinton had “triggered” the suicide of President Clinton’s Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster because Starr didn’t want to upset Hillary.
Starr was appointed to investigate various alleged crimes by the Clinton family, but the investigation became primarily focused on former President Bill Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
Starr’s final report paved the way for the House of Representatives to charge Clinton with obstruction of justice and perjury. Clinton was also impeached in the House, but not in the Senate.
Ronald Kessler, the author of “The First Family Detail,” writes in The Daily Mail that he spoke with Starr last weekend at a book fair about why he did not include that powerful information in his final FBI report.
Kessler said Starr told him that he “did not want to inflict further pain” on Hillary Clinton.
Kessler wrote, “In interviews for my book The First Family Detail, the FBI agents who worked the case for Starr revealed the truth about Foster’s death when he shot himself at Fort Marcy Park along the Potomac River.”
“FBI agents found that a week before Foster’s death, Hillary as First Lady held a meeting at the White House with Foster and other top aides to discuss her proposed health care legislation. Hillary violently disagreed with a legal objection Foster raised at the meeting and ridiculed him in front of his peers, former FBI agent Coy Copeland and former FBI supervisory agent Jim Clemente told me,” Kessler continued.
Kessler quoted Copeland saying, “’Hillary put him down really, really bad in a pretty good-size meeting. She told him he didn’t get the picture, and he would always be a little hick town lawyer who was obviously not ready for the big time.”
Kessler wrote that Clemente stated that Hillary Clinton had blamed Foster for the Clintons’ legal issues and told him that he had failed them.
“Foster was profoundly depressed, but Hillary lambasting him was the final straw because she publicly embarrassed him in front of others … Hillary blamed him for failed nominations, claimed he had not vetted them properly, and said in front of his White House colleagues, ‘You’re not protecting us’ and ‘You have failed us.’ That was the final blow,” Clemente added.
Kessler wrote that FBI agents told him that Foster’s behavior had changed radically after Hillary Clinton allegedly berated and embarrassed him at the meeting with his colleagues.
“The put-down that she gave him in that big meeting just pushed him over the edge. It was the final straw that broke the camel’s back,” Copeland said.
So, Starr apparently believed that Hillary Clinton “triggered” Foster’s suicide, but decided to omit it from his final report because he didn’t want to “upset” the former first lady.
That’s certainly a powerful assertion.