Former independent counsel Ken Starr took to Fox News Wednesday to share his impressions of Wednesday’s impeachment goings-on.
You may remember Ken from that 1998-99 blowout, the impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton.
So what’s his bottom line after viewing the November 13th hearings?
In two simple words: no hope.
Ken Starr: “no hope for impeachment” and “no crime was proven today” pic.twitter.com/xfVORRGbRJ
— Steve Guest (@SteveGuest) November 13, 2019
He thought everyone more or less did a great job:
“The members were very strong. I think the members overall acquitted themselves extremely well on both sides of the aisle. The quality of the questioning was extremely high for the most part.”
Particularly the GOP:
“One key thing — the Republicans not only are rock solid, so that means if this trend continues, there is no hope for impeachment. That’ll do it for the conviction in the Senate.”
Earlier in the day, Ken found the head of a nail with his hammer — impeachment seems to have become a sort of hysterical battle cry:
“[W]e are living in this culture of impeachment — that everyone cries ‘impeachment.’ And we inherited this process from the mother country. But the mother country hasn’t employed impeachment for executive branch officers — it’s a parliamentary system, of course — in two centuries.”
Starr asserted there needs to be a less radical and involved way of keeping presidents on the straight and narrow:
“So we need to find a better way to hold the executive accountable. If the Democrats believe that the president stepped over the line, discuss a motion of censure, resolution of censure, and say, ‘This is really bad.’ But there’s no suggestion — to go back to [National Review columnist Andy McCarthy’s] point very briefly — that the president somehow was profiting from this, right? Bribery in the traditional sense means — and I know the statute is very broadly worded — but this does not seem like bribery. To the person on the street, this is going to seem like a stretch.”
Included in the day’s events was a notable exchange wherein Jim Jordan pointed out “star witness” Bill Taylor didn’t listen to the President’ phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky:
.@Jim_Jordan: You didn’t listen in on President Trump & Zelensky’s call?
Taylor: I did not.
Jordan: You’ve never talked with Chief of Staff Mulvaney?
Taylor: I never did.
Jordan: You’ve never met the President?
Taylor: That’s correct.
Jordan: And you’re their star witness. pic.twitter.com/ebZ6jsEjeB
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) November 13, 2019
And let’s not forget the drag queen:
— New York Post (@nypost) November 13, 2019
Seen entering Longworth House Office Building on #ImpeachmentDay.
— Jeremy Art (@cspanJeremy) November 13, 2019
But evidence of a crime?
Not according to Ken:
“[T]o me, here was something that was very telling: No crime was proven today. There were a lot terms used — “extortion” and “bribery.” But no crime.”
And that’s severely different than his memory of 20 years ago:
“This is very unlike Nixon and unlike Clinton.”
If Starr’s correct, the entire thing — which is, incidentally, further sinking the DNC’s hopes for a 2020 victory — is headed for a dead end.
One in which we end up with more of this:
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