According to Ronald Kessler, the author of “The First Family Detail,” which revolved around Secret Service agents working for various presidents, independent counsel Ken Starr omitted his conclusion that former First Lady Hillary Clinton had catalyzed the suicide of President Clinton’s Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster in his final FBI report because Starr was mindful of Hillary Clinton’s feelings.
As Kessler writes in The Daily Mail, he asked Starr last weekend at the 2019 Annapolis Book Festival why Starr had not included that information in his FBI report. Kessler stated that Starr responded he “did not want to inflict further pain” on Hillary Clinton. Kessler wrote, “In interviews for my book The First Family Detail, the FBI agents who worked the case for Starr revealed the truth about Foster’s death when he shot himself at Fort Marcy Park along the Potomac River.”
Kessler noted, “FBI agents found that a week before Foster’s death, Hillary as First Lady held a meeting at the White House with Foster and other top aides to discuss her proposed health care legislation. Hillary violently disagreed with a legal objection Foster raised at the meeting and ridiculed him in front of his peers, former FBI agent Coy Copeland and former FBI supervisory agent Jim Clemente told me.”
Kessler quoted Copeland saying, “’Hillary put him down really, really bad in a pretty good-size meeting. She told him he didn’t get the picture, and he would always be a little hick town lawyer who was obviously not ready for the big time.” Kessler wrote that Clemente asserted that Hillary blamed Foster for the Clintons’ problems and said he had failed them. Clemente added, “Foster was profoundly depressed, but Hillary lambasting him was the final straw because she publicly embarrassed him in front of others … Hillary blamed him for failed nominations, claimed he had not vetted them properly, and said in front of his White House colleagues, ‘You’re not protecting us’ and ‘You have failed us.’ That was the final blow.”
Kessler states that FBI agents claimed Foster’s behavior changed radically after his meeting with Hillary. Copeland added, “The put-down that she gave him in that big meeting just pushed him over the edge. It was the final straw that broke the camel’s back.”
Starr’s report, 38,000 words long, mentioned a psychologist’s report discussing the factors that contributed to Foster’s suicide. Clemente said that Starr sometimes eschewed aggressively investigating certain issues, uncertain exactly how aggressive he should be.
Starr was determined not to let conspiracy theories mushroom that argued the Clintons had been involved in an alleged murder of Foster; he stated, “We cannot have — especially since I was charged with the investigation — an unsettled set of conspiracy theories that go unaddressed. I viewed it as a matter of accountability, and also just for the good of the country.”
But Starr also criticized Hillary Clinton for her answers during a 1995 deposition revolving around Foster’s death; he wrote in “Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation,” “In the space of three hours, she claimed, by our count, over a hundred times that she ‘did not recall’ or ‘did not remember.’ This suggested outright mendacity. To be sure, human memory is notoriously fallible, but her strained performance struck us as preposterous.”