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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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The Truth Commission and Whitewater

The Truth Commission and Whitewater

(p.71) Chapter 3 The Truth Commission and Whitewater

Benjamin Wittes

Yale University Press

This chapter explains Kenneth Starr's truth commission understanding of the independent counsel statute, which manifested itself subtly during the early portions of his investigation. That subtlety, to some extent, resulted from the density of the probe's often mind-numbing subject matter. Few members of the public understood even the parameters of the questions at issue in Whitewater, much less how Whitewater intersected with Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan, the Castle Grande real estate deal, the death of White House aide Vincent Foster, Jr., or—more tenuously—to the White House Travel Office or the FBI files scandal. Especially before the Monica Lewinsky scandal erupted in 1998, the incidents that gave rise to the constituent parts of Starr's investigation tended to embroil the press and Washington's political culture far more than they did the public at large.

Keywords:   truth commission, Whitewater, Vincent Foster Jr, FBI files scandal, Monica Lewinsky

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