Leave it to Kenneth Starr to make one of the more ironic declarations about the unfolding investigation into Donald J. Trump’s alleged involvement with Russian election hackers.
Starr has cautioned special counsel Robert Mueller to avoid going onto a “fishing expedition” in his search for the truth behind whether Trump’s presidential campaign had any improper dealings with Russians seeking to meddle in our 2016 election.
Mueller needs to keep his mission focused, Starr said. He shouldn’t allow it to wander onto unplowed ground.
Well now. How does one respond to that?
Let’s try this.
Kenneth Starr became a master judicial fisherman in the 1990s when he was selected as special counsel to investigate a real estate deal called Whitewater involving President and Mrs. Clinton. He came up with nothing there. Then he sauntered off into a sexual harassment charge leveled against the president by Paula Jones. Then he found something else, which was a relationship the president was having with a White House intern.
Real estate deal leads to sexual harassment, which then leads to a sexual relationship. Impeachment followed all of that.
Is the current special counsel headed down the same path? I haven’t a clue.
Kenneth Starr, though, proved to us all that these investigations can hit pay dirt even as they wander hither and yon.
The comic aspect of this whole discussion is that someone such as Starr would issue a word of caution for one of his legal descendants about a “fishing expedition.”