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Friday, July 13, 2018
Unseal the Clinton Impeachment Files Now
article appeared in Breitbart on July 11th
By Bob Barr
Twenty years ago this December, William Jefferson Clinton
became the first elected President to be impeached by the United States House
of Representatives (Andrew Johnson, impeached in 1868, was never elected to the
The charges on which
Clinton was impeached were perjury and obstruction of justice. The evidence
supporting his impeachment was contained in the Report delivered to the House
on September 9, 1998, prepared by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and his
staff of investigators and attorneys. One of those attorneys was Brett
Kavanaugh, now a Judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and a
nominee to serve as an Associate Justice on the Supreme Court of the United
The Democrats’ long
knives, sharpened the moment Justice Anthony Kennedy delivered his letter of
resignation to President Trump on June 27th, have been sent to party operatives
and media friends across the country and especially in the Nation’s Capital.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer made clear the moment Trump introduced
Judge Kavanaugh as his choice to succeed Justice Kennedy, that the Democrat
Party will employ every trick and tool at its disposal to deny Kavanaugh
confirmation in the closely divided Senate.
As in past battles
waged by the Democrats against Supreme Court nominees offered by Republican
Presidents, beginning with Robert Bork in 1987 and Clarence Thomas four years
later, the Minority Party has made crystal clear it will employ a scorched
earth strategy; in which neither factual accuracy nor policy relevance will
play a role.
Clearly, one of the
avenues down which the Democrats will travel in their Blitzkrieg, will be to
attack Kavanaugh for his role as a lawyer assisting Ken Starr in preparing his
Report to the House. The Independent Counsel Report laid out the evidence
showing that Clinton engaged in offenses impeachable under Article I of the
Constitution. In the coming confirmation maelstrom, it is a virtual certainty
that Kavanaugh’s detractors will claim evidence was manufactured, manipulated,
and misapplied in order to secure the President’s impeachment.
Clinton and Kavanaugh
What became known as
the “Starr Report” was delivered to the House in two parts. The first was the
Report itself, which was made available to the public, and contained the
essential evidence on which the Articles of Impeachment were based.
Accompanying the Report were numerous boxes of documents that presented
extensive evidence underpinning, elaborating on, and strengthening the public
document. All that material (which filled several file cabinets) was ordered
sealed by House Resolution; and remains so to this day.
As a member of the
Judiciary Committee in 1998, and as an Impeachment Manager following the House
vote impeaching Clinton, I had access to those files; as did other Members
involved in the process. Unfortunately, when the Senate established the rules
under which the House managers were forced to conduct the trial in the Senate,
only evidence that was available publicly was allowed to be presented in
support of our case to convict Clinton. To this day that entire body of
evidence remains unavailable to anyone other than current Members of the House.
Why is this important
today, 20 years after the impeachment? Because Schumer and other Democrats will
charge that Kavanaugh, as an attorney working with the Independent Counsel,
engaged in a purely partisan campaign against Clinton, designed for the sole
purpose of impeaching a despised president. They likely will assert that the
charges against Clinton were based on evidence that was manipulated,
deliberately exaggerated, mischaracterized, and unfounded.
Unless the evidence in
the sealed files is made available to defend against such charges, Judge
Kavanaugh and those defending his nomination will be at a severe disadvantage;
and he may become the latest victim of a process of secrecy and caution that
permitted a sexual predator and perjurer to escape justice two decades ago.
The country cannot
afford to lose this Supreme Court nominee for such a reason. All it takes is
action by the House Republican majority to unseal the impeachment files now
cloaked in secrecy. There simply is no reason for the Republican leadership not
to unseal those files; and there is every good reason to do so. Now.