Two Ironic Legacies of Ken Starr’s Investigation of Bill Clinton

Source: The Volokh Conspiracy

“Kenneth Starr — most famous for his role as the independent counsel who drafted the report that led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton — passed away yesterday. His controversial career includes two major ironies and historical what-ifs. The first is that Starr’s tenure as independent counsel may have cost him a seat on the Supreme Court. … The second irony is that the biggest beneficiary of Starr’s failure to get Bill Clinton removed from office was probably … George W. Bush! Had the Senate convicted Clinton, Al Gore would have become president and served out the last two years of Clinton’s term. … incumbent presidents generally get some electoral boost just for being incumbents. Even a very small boost would have been enough to net Gore the extra few hundred votes needed to win Florida in 2000 and defeat Bush.” (09/14/22)