Impeaching Trump would be 'hell' for the country, Bill Clinton prosecutor Kenneth Starr says

Kenneth Starr was on the show to promote his new book 'Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation.'


                            Impeaching Trump would be 'hell' for the country, Bill Clinton prosecutor Kenneth Starr says

The prosecutor who led the investigation into former President Bill Clinton's charges which resulted in impeachment proceedings against him on Sunday warned that impeaching President Donald Trump could unleash "hell," which the country doesn't need right now.

The independent counsel, Kenneth Starr, while speaking during an interview with CNN's State of the Union made the statement after he was asked whether or not he thought Trump would face the same fate as Clinton in the near future. Starr was on the show to promote his new book 'Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation.'

Washington, Dc - August 17, 1998 (665128) Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr Leaves The White House After Questioning Clinton On The Lewinsky Affair. (Photo By Pool/Getty Images)
Washington, Dc - August 17, 1998 (665128) Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr Leaves The White House After Questioning Clinton On The Lewinsky Affair. (Photo By Pool/Getty Images)

Starr replied to the question with: "I hope not. One of the lessons in the book is impeachment is hell. The country should not be taken through that."

He also explained why he thought impeaching Trump at this time was not right and said: "The founding generation wisely knew it was such a serious accusation to require a two-thirds majority. Unless there is a growing national consensus that impeachment is proper, it’s doomed to fail and it’s just the wrong way to go.” 



 

The show's host Jake Tapper also discussed President Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort's plea deal and Starr said that it appears the Trump White House is following Clinton's cue. Manafort, on Friday, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to obstruct justice and conspiracy against the United States. His plea deal reportedly requires him to reveal "his participation in and knowledge of all criminal activities," according to the New Yorker.

"I think that the Trump White House and the lawyers are taking a page from the Clinton playbook, you know, attack the prosecutor," Starr said, adding that he believed that Trump's team may be readying themseleves to attack Manafort.

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“This is more delicate because now you have someone very close to the president...the campaign manager. So I think it’s got to be very careful,” Starr said.

Starr in his new book has revealed that when he was investigating the Whitewater scandal (an investigation into the real estate investments of the Clintons and their associates, Jim McDougal and Susan McDougal, in the Whitewater Development Corporation) in the 1990s as a special counsel, he had also considered charging first lady Hillary Clinton with perjury over her responses to the questions about deputy White House counsel Vince Foster's suicide.