for Salon Magazine!
3. As The Nation
detailed two years ago--- March 18, 1996, Kenneth Starr has
a major conflict of interest that should have prevented him from
accepting the position as independent counsel or compelled a more
honorable man to resign. In 1993 the Resolution Trust Corporation
filed suit against his firm, Kirkland and Ellis, accusing them of
"aiding and abetting breaches of fiduciary responsibility"
in the legal work the firm did for a federally insured Colorado
thrift that went bankrupt in 1990. (Substitute the Rose Law Firm
and Madison Guaranty for an eerie parallel!) In the Whitewater investigation
Starr gained the subpoena power to investigate the very RTC officials
who were involved in the lawsuit against Kirkland and Ellis. Read
the whole series of articles in Starr Watch, the Nation's Digital
Extra. Since then more improprieties about Starr have surfaced.
A Reuters dispatch of March 3rd described the sworn statement of
South Carolina attorney Kendall Few in which he alleged that Starr
concealed false testimony in product liability lawsuits against
4. And in a more serious
vein: What is Bill Clinton likely to do if it looks as if the Starr
Chamber should prevail? A worst-case scenario: He could declare
a national emergency and invoke FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management
Agency, that dreadful piece of legislation enacted under Nixon and
strengthened by all of his successors, most especially Reagan.