Former U.S. solicitor general on the Coast

Former U.S. Justice Department official Ken Starr is making his rounds on the Coast this week. Starr is best known for heading an investigation into members of the Clinton Administration in the mid-90s as an independent counsel.

Ken Starr is no stranger to the national spotlight or investigations of the Oval Office, as outlined in his new book ‘Contempt,’ penned after his role as independent counsel in the investigation of members of the Clinton Administration back in the mid-90s. This week, Starr is blazing quite the trail here on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.  “I love the Mississippi Gulf Coast so thank you for welcoming me back.”

Starr is a former solicitor general of the United States, which is the fourth-highest ranking official in the United States Department of Justice. What better candidate to discuss the constitutional implication of our separation of powers system than Starr? That’s just what he did Wednesday at the Great Southern Club in Gulfport at the invitation of the Federalist Society’s Mississippi Lawyers chapter.  “It is very important because that is basic to who we are as a constitutional democracy. Congress needs to be the legislative branch, but the executive branch needs to be able to conduct itself to administer the law and the judiciary needs to interpret the law. So each needs to do its own part.”

On Tuesday, Ken Starr was at WXXV weighing in via satellite with Fox national news about how he thinks the attorney general handled things at Tuesday’s congressional meeting. “I think it is being handled by Attorney General Bill Barr in exactly the right way. I know people are frustrated. There is a lot of criticism, but Bill Barr has an obligation, for example, to protect grand jury information, he can’t just reveal something without going through a process of eliminating and redacting a grand jury testimony and the like.”

Star says he is looking forward to the release of the redacted Mueller Report, but he expects it to be just that: heavily redacted. “I think we are going to learn a lot, but as we have seen in other kinds of disclosures, such as the FISA warrant and so forth, oh I wonder what that paragraph says, so I think it is going to raise a lot of questions. We will have more insights. We are on the road to discovering the specifics.”

The report is expected to be released within the next week.

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