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Benjamin Wittes

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780300092523

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300092523.001.0001

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Images of Starr

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Benjamin Wittes

Yale University Press

This chapter discusses Kenneth Starr's address at George Washington University attacking one of Watergate's most important legislative offspring: the now-defunct independent counsel law under which Starr himself had served for the previous five years. His famous moralism showed itself now and again, as when he concluded the event by saying that G. Gordon Liddy, who had previously addressed the class, “should be ashamed.” He betrayed, however, no signs of zealotry. The man who pursued President Clinton over five years and tens of millions of dollars seemed downright jovial, even goofy. He asked each of the students where he or she came from, and made a good show of caring about the answer. He clearly wanted to connect with them. More specifically, he wanted to persuade them of something he fervently believed: the independent counsel law was a “profoundly misguided” response to Watergate, one that falsely promised “a process that was utterly devoid of and divorced from politics.”

Keywords:   independent counsel law, Kenneth Starr, George Washington University, moralism, G. Gordon Liddy, zealotry

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