Ken Starr, who led the special counsel that eventually led to impeachment of former President Bill Clinton, appeared on CNN’s Smerconich to give his thoughts on which direction the Russia investigation being led by Robert Mueller is headed. According to Starr, things do not look great for President Donald Trump and his team.
Starr’s investigation against Clinton eventually led to fourteen criminal convictions and Clinton’s impeachment, although he was not removed from office. Host Michael Smerconich asked Starr if he believed the Russia investigation would also lead to indictments. Starr responded:
“Given what we do know, especially given what happened this summer with respect to the FBI’s intrusion into Paul Manafort’s condominium, in light of the revelations that we’ve seen about General Flynn, I have a sense that there will, in fact, be indictments.”
The FBI announced that they raided the home of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager, over the summer to prevent the possible destruction of evidence linking Manafort to Russian interests. Starr continued:
“There may be guilty pleas and so forth, but we shall see. What I find very interesting, very briefly, is in light of the information that is now coming out with respect to Russian attempts to influence both the national election and 21 different states, what I expect to see is serious consideration of indicting one or more foreign nationals.”
Just as Starr’s own investigation changed dramatically, from investigating land deals to eventually outing Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, Mueller’s investigation could also evolve as he finds more evidence of foul play in the Trump campaign. He appears to be zeroing in on Trump’s financial ties to Russia.
At least publicly, Trump seems to be ignoring Mueller’s investigation. However, Mueller has sought to ways to stop Trump’s from thwarting the investigation, and seems to be poring over every clue available to him. We’ll have to wait and see if Ken Starr is right about those indictments.
Watch the clip below: