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Finding aid for the Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr materials

BC.MSS.99.17

Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
100 Rock Street
Little Rock, Arkansas, 72201
(501) 320-5700
arkinfo@cals.org

November 13, 2002



Repository: Butler Center for Arkansas Studies
Creator:Saubers, Pele
Title: Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr materials
Dates: 1994-1998
Quantity: 8.66 Linear feet
Abstract:This collection contains copies of many key documents in the Paula Jones lawsuit against President Bill Clinton. However, it is not a complete case file. The collection also contains numerous documents from cases prosecuted by Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr in connection with the "Whitewater" investigation.
Identification: BC.MSS.99.17
Language: English

Arrangement

The collection is arranged topically and chronologically in eight boxes. Document numbers and filing dates, when known, are given in the Finding Aid.


Scope and Contents

This collection contains copies of many key documents in the Paula Jones lawsuit against President Bill Clinton. However, it is not a complete case file. The collection also contains numerous documents from cases prosecuted by Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr in connection with the "Whitewater" investigation. Also included are related newspaper articles spanning the period from November 1996 to March 1999.

The collection was donated by Ms. Pele Saubers, who served as local correspondent for a national television network during the Kenneth Starr investigation. The articles and copied documents were furnished to the network as background material for news reports, televised interviews, etc.


Biographical Information

From Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com/biography/Kenneth-W-Starr

Kenneth W. Starr is best known as the independent counsel (1994–99) who headed the investigation that led to the impeachment of U.S. President Bill Clinton.

In August 1994 Starr was named the independent counsel to lead the investigation into the so-called Whitewater affair, which involved a land deal in Arkansas during the time Clinton, a Democrat, was that state's governor. As a result of the investigation, 11 people - including Clinton associates James and Susan McDougal - were convicted of crimes. Starr later looked into the suicide of White House counsel Vincent Foster, a longtime friend of the Clintons, but the matter was eventually closed. He subsequently was directed to investigate what came to be known as Travelgate, involving the firing of longtime White House workers, and Filegate, pertaining to FBI files on Republicans that were found in the White House. In 1998, however, allegations of an affair between Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky became the focus of Starr's attention.

Controversy surrounded Starr's investigation, which included the media's relentless reporting of lurid information, and both Starr and the White House were charged with making improper leaks. There were accusations that the investigative activities of Starr, a Republican, were politically motivated. Starr also was criticized for continuing to represent clients of his law firm, Kirkland & Ellis, and he was eventually forced to take an unpaid leave from the firm. After repeatedly denying the affair, in August 1998 Clinton publicly admitted to having a sexual relationship with Lewinsky. Less than a month later Starr released his report, which supported the charges that Clinton had committed perjury, obstructed justice, tampered with a witness, and abused his power as U.S. president. In the report, which was accompanied by voluminous evidence that included a semen-stained dress, tapes of telephone conversations, and grand jury testimony, Starr found that Clinton had lied under oath about a sexual relationship with Lewinsky and had taken steps to cover it up. The report was both legalistic in its tone and salacious in its explicit descriptions of sexual encounters between the two. Based on Starr's findings, the House of Representatives voted to impeach the president in December 1998. The Senate acquitted Clinton the following year.


Index Terms

This record series is indexed under the following controlled access subject terms.

Clinton, Bill, 1946-
Clinton, Hillary Rodham, 1947-
Jones, Paula, 1966-
Political corruption -- Arkansas
Real estate development -- Arkansas
Sexual harassment -- Law and legislation -- United States
Starr, Kenneth, 1946-
United States Supreme Court.
Whitewater Development Corporation.
Whitewater Inquiry, 1993-2000

Restrictions

Restrictions on Access

Unrestricted access.

Restrictions on Use

Non-circulating; in-house use only.


Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Special Prosecutor Kenneth Starr materials, MSS.99.17, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Arkansas Studies Institute

Acquisition Information

Donated by Ms. Pele Saubers, local correspondent for a national television network during the Kenneth Starr investigation, June 1999


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