‘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…’
(Ben Sellers, Liberty Headlines) Former independent counsel Kenneth Starr—the one-time nemesis of the Clinton family—has now revealed that Hillary Clinton was behind the death of Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster.
But contrary to the many conspiracy theories that have survived a quarter of a century later, Starr—whose investigation determined no evidence of foul play—still maintains that Hillary didn’t pull the trigger.
Instead, Starr acknowledged recently that the then-first lady berated and humiliated Foster, driving him to suicide, according to the Daily Mail.
Foster’s 1993 shooting death in a public park on the outskirts of Washington D.C. unleashed a wave of controversy that marked the arrival of the Clintons on the national stage, less than six months into Bill Clinton’s first presidential term.
As some questioned the forensic reports about where and how he was shot, Foster became one of the earliest entries on an ever-expanding list of Clinton associates who met their demise under suspicious circumstances.
There was speculation that Foster—a friend and colleague of then-First Lady Hillary Clinton from the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas—might have to testify against her as investigators probed the Whitewater real-estate scandal.
Starr’s was the last of several investigations, all of which ruled suicide, determining there was insufficient evidence to call it a murder. On his team was a young future Supreme Court justice, Brett Kavanaugh.
But as other scandals mounted, the need to investigate sexual harassment claims against Bill Clinton shifted Starr’s and the public’s focus from Foster’s death, and—out of consideration for his grieving family—the conspiracies went dormant.
The latest revelation comes from investigative journalist Ronald Kessler, who had previously published books about the Secret Service and FBI. It was while interviewing FBI sources for one of the books that he learned the truth.
The clash between Hillary Clinton and Foster occurred a week before his death, during a meeting to discuss the healthcare overhaul that Hillary was overseeing, according to Coy Copeland, one of the FBI agents Kessler interviewed.
Writing for the Daily Mail, Kessler said, “Hillary violently disagreed with a legal objection Foster raised at the meeting and ridiculed him in front of his peers.”
Although Foster may already have been depressed—and was thinking about resigning and returning to Arkansas—the upbraiding, in which Hillary blamed Foster for all of the problems the Clintons were facing, was the final nail in the coffin.
His behavior changed dramatically in the intervening week leading up to his death.
“Hillary put him down really, really bad in a pretty good-size meeting,” Copeland said. “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.”
Although the FBI investigators learned about Hillary’s belittlement of Foster, Starr inexplicably kept this out of his final report.
But Kessler met the former independent counsel at a recent book festival in Maryland and needled him about the undisclosed findings.
Detailing his encounter with Starr, Kessler said he reluctantly copped to not wanting to unnecessarily hurt Hillary Clinton’s feelings.
“At first, he beat around the bush, citing well-established facts indicating that Foster was already depressed before Hillary lashed into him at the White House meeting,” Kessler wrote.
“But when pressed, Starr admitted he ‘did not want to inflict further pain’ on Hillary by revealing that her humiliation of Foster a week before he took his own life pushed him over the edge.”
Kessler said that after Starr’s meticulous investigation into the circumstances and theories surrounding Foster’s death, his decision to leave out such a critical detail remains a mystery.
“No one can explain a suicide in rational terms,” he wrote. “But the FBI investigation concluded that it was Hillary’s vilification of Foster in front of other White House aides—coming on top of his ongoing depression—that triggered the White House official’s suicide.”
In the wake of many other scandals swirling around the Clintons, publicly disclosing that information about the quality of her character may well have shaped the course of history.
Or it at least might have saved a lot of money in costly investigations, Kessler said.
As one FBI supervisor noted, Starr’s one flaw may have been that he was too kind.
“If so, he should not have been a prosecutor and suppressed a key finding of an investigation that cost taxpayers $39.2 million,” Kessler said.