Secret documents detailing special prosecutor Ken Starr’s investigation of President Bill Clinton will reportedly be unsealed following a federal court’s ruling Monday and could be used as a roadmap for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russia.
Chief Judge Beryl A. Howell, of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, stated that the court would release some of the documents, per CNN’s request, but that the court will also review other documents and determine if those will be made public.
Among other things, the documents reportedly describe how Starr’s team and Clinton’s attorneys negotiated for six months before the president sat down for an interview under oath.
Howell explained that some of the records should have been made public before, but that no proper direction had been given for their release. Howell is also the judge likely to oversee Mueller’s grand jury in Washington D.C., according to The National Law Journal.
“Apparently, after issuance of the Starr Report, no specific direction was provided to the Clerk’s Office as to which documents included in the Starr Report were to be disclosed, and the Clerk’s Office rightfully carefully maintains the confidentiality of sealed matters unless expressly directed to unseal records,” Howell wrote in her ruling.
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SOURCE: Newsweek, Greg Price