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Resource ID: #14107
Subject: Politics
Source: New Yorker
Date: 1996-04-22


In the Autumn of 1993, James Carville was sitting in the VIP lounge at Washington's National Airport. There he met an affable, well-dressed middle-aged man -- a stranger -- who began talking intensely about President Clinton. "Your boy's getting rolled" the man said, according to Carville. Carville said he thanked him for his views, but the man just kept on going, "like someone who had just listened to three hours of Rush Limbaugh," Carville said. In passing, the man told Carville he was a former judge, and that his name was Ken Starr. Less than a year later, Carville learned that man had been appointed to replace Robert B. Fiske, Jr. as the new independent counsel in charge of the Whitewater investigation. He was astounded, and at ne point even threatened to quit his paid consulting relationship with the Democratic National Committee in order to speak out against Starr. Twenty months later, many White House officials have come to share Carville's alarm, and see Starr as a serious threat. But Starr's critics are no longer limited to the White House. A number of independent legal and government ethics experts have begun to speak out against Starr, too.

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