Report: Ken Starr believed Hillary Clinton helped drive Vince Foster to suicide

April 11, 2019

Although the Clinton family has been accused of their fair share of bizarre and absurd conspiracies — from cat murder to kiddy pornone long-held allegation was just given a boost of credibility.

Author Ronald Kessler says that former independent counsel Ken Starr has admitted for the first time that he believed then-First Lady Hillary Clinton may have driven deputy White House counsel Vince Foster to take his own life.

Pushed to the brink

Appointed as independent counsel in 1994, Starr was investigating the Clintons’ role in the 1970s Whitewater scandal when FBI agents discovered that Hillary Clinton publicly humiliated Foster just one week before his suicide in 1993. 

Writing for, Kessler said he approached Starr following an event during the 2019 Annapolis Book Festival and “asked Starr why he omitted the damaging FBI finding” from his 1998 congressional report.

He said Starr was initially reluctant to indulge his questions and pointed to well-established facts surrounding Foster’s suicide. The Clinton legal aide had a long history of depression and was having difficulty adjusting to life in Washington.

After Kessler pressed him on the subject, however, he says Starr eventually admitted that he omitted details of Clinton’s behavior from the report because he “did not want to inflict further pain” on the first lady. One week after Clinton excoriated Foster in front of his coworkers, the counselor shot himself at Fort Marcy Park along the Potomac River

Kessler also interviewed some of the FBI agents who investigated the circumstances leading up to Foster’s suicide while writing his New York Times bestselling book, The First Family Detail.

“Hillary put him down really, really bad in a pretty good-size meeting,” Coy Copeland, a federal agent, told Kessler. “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.”

Foster wasn’t accustomed to life in Washington after spending the majority of his life in his native Arkansas. Unlike many of his colleagues, he lacked experience in national politics and campaigning and was struggling with emotional instability.

“Foster was profoundly depressed, but Hillary lambasting him was the final straw because she publicly embarrassed him in front of others,” former FBI agent Jim Clemente told Kessler.

“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,'” Clemente told Kessler. “That was the final blow.”

Jekyll and Hyde

While it is easy to dismiss most of the far-fetched Clinton conspiracies, this account matches the testimony of other eyewitnesses who described Hillary Clinton as “erratic, uncontrollable, and occasionally violent” with her staff.

Gary Byrne, a former secret service officer who worked outside the Oval Office during Bill Clinton’s presidency, described the first lady as having a “Jekyll and Hyde” personality that frightened staff members.

“When I first met her, we were given specific instructions: don’t look at her, don’t look at her general direction and if you need to talk to her, keep it short and stay out of her way,” an unnamed agent told the New York Post in 2016.

In fact, Clinton apparently treated her security detail so poorly that when she broke her elbow in 2009, they laughed at her misfortune. “We sort of got the last laugh. It was kind of like payback: You’re treating us like s***. Hey karma is a b****! We were smiling to ourselves,” the anonymous agent said.

If only Starr would have shared his thoughts with Congress in 1998, future employees working for Hillary Clinton could have been spared her tyrannical management style. Indeed, if Starr would have spilled the beans, perhaps America could have been spared the experience of Benghazi, an email scandal and coverup, and two failed presidential runs.


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Benjamin Baird

Benjamin Baird is a senior staff writer for the Conservative Institute. He is a veteran infantryman of Iraq and Afghanistan with over 1000 days in combat and holds a degree in Middle Eastern studies from the American Military University. Ben is Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and has written for dozens of conservative publications, including The Daily Caller, American Spectator, American Thinker, New English Review and Jewish News Syndicate.