In the wake of Attorney General William Barr’s four-page letter summarizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, the entirety of which has not been released to the public, former Bill Clinton intern Monica Lewinsky has finally weighed in.
And why wouldn’t she? As a young woman, she became a victim of one of the most high profile special investigations into a president’s alleged wrongdoings of all time.
Southern California law professor Orin Kerr tweeted the following about how the Mueller report was handled.
“Imagine if the Starr Report had been provided only to President Clinton’s Attorney General, Janet Reno, who then read it privately and published a 4-page letter based on her private reading stating her conclusion that President Clinton committed no crimes.”
And Lewinsky responded with only three words.
if. fucking. only. https://t.co/6N7SFiKRln
— Monica Lewinsky (@MonicaLewinsky) March 27, 2019
“if. f***ing. only,” Lewinsky tweeted.
The Two Investigations Were Handled Differently
Well over two decades before Robert Mueller and Trump, independent counsel Ken Starr investigated the Whitewater case which eventually led to President Bill Clinton being impeached.
He was impeached for lying under oath about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Despite the House impeachment, the Senate acquitted him.
Starr’s report was released to the public and published as a book in 1998.
AG Barr shared a summary of Mueller’s findings with Congress on Sunday and declared that the investigation “did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election.”
In other words, they couldn’t find any evidence of Trump-Russia collusion. The whole thing was a farce.
You Can’t Blame Her
Democrats are still demanding that the entire Mueller report be released to the public, though Barr has insisted on discretion thus far.
Lewinsky was a young woman at the time of her controversy, whose name and family were put through the wringer because the president of the United States couldn’t keep his hands off the interns.
She has been very outspoken about how painful those years were, and you can’t blame Monica Lewinsky for wishing there had been a little more discretion in the Bill Clinton investigation two decades ago.