Ken Starr says Robert Mueller should testify before Congress

June 9, 2019

Should former special counsel Robert Mueller testify before the House of Representatives about his investigation into Trump-Russia collusion?

According to another former high-profile special counsel, Ken Starr, Mueller absolutely ought to testify about the ambiguities he has created. 

From one special counsel to another

Starr made the argument that Mueller should testify before the House during an interview with Fox Business that aired on Friday.

“We need to take a careful look at this,” said Starr. “And, I’m pleased that there’s a sense on both sides of the aisle.”

In 1994, Starr was the independent counsel that headed the investigation into the “Whitewater” real estate scandal involving then-President Bill Clinton. Three years later, that probe ultimately culminated in the aptly-titled Starr report, which showed, among other things, that Clinton was less than forthright about a sexual relationship he had with a former White House intern.

The findings of that probe led directly to impeachment proceedings, which cleared the hurdle of the Republican House, but failed to result in a conviction in the Republican-held Senate.

Unanswered questions

These days, Starr works as a lawyer and Fox News contributor. But drawing on his time as special counsel, he believes that Mueller should testify and that things have reached a point where members of both parties agree.

“I know the president would like this to just go away, but I think there’s a sense on both sides of the aisle that we need to hear from Bob Mueller,” Starr said.

The reason Mueller should testify, according to Starr, is the “unanswered questions” that he has left us with, such as why his report “apparently distorted” the statement of John Dowd, President Donald Trump’s first criminal defense lawyer.

“There are a number of, shall I say, straws in the wind that suggest that we need to take a careful look at this,” Starr argued.

Will Mueller testify?

By now it is well known that Mueller released a 448-page report which found that Trump did not collude with the Russians, but that left the question of whether Trump obstructed justice open. Attorney General William Barr subsequently declared that Mueller’s report clears Trump of both.

Mueller, however, has continued to create ambiguities about his findings. During a recent speech — his first public appearance since the release of his report — he seemed to suggest that the president is guilty of something, but that he and his department could not act on that guilt due to “longstanding precedent.”

Mueller also stated that he will not testify, saying, “the report is my testimony,” and that he “would not provide information beyond what is already public in any appearance before Congress.”

But the question now is whether the mounting pressure will force him to change his mind.


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Robert Ayers

Robert Ayers is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut.