Before Brett Kavanaugh, Donald Trump’s nominee for the U. S. Supreme Court, was a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, White House staff secretary for George W. Bush, and a member of the Bush-Cheney 2000 legal team in the 2000 Florida presidential vote recount, he was a member of Independent Counsel Ken Starr’s investigation team looking into the July 1993 suicide of Bill Clinton’s deputy White House counsel, Vince Foster. Kavanaugh also helped draft the Starr Report, which recommended the impeachment of Clinton.
Senate Judiciary Committee Democratic members, in considering Kavanaugh’s nomination to the nation’s highest court, have been stymied by the Trump White House’s refusal to make available over 100,000 documents from the National Archives to the committee. The Trump White House cited “executive privilege” in refusing to turn over the documents.
Although former President George W. Bush urged as much “transparency” as possible in releasing documents from his presidential papers stored by the National Archives, 42,390 pages that were released late on Labor Day, a day before Kavanaugh’s hearing was to begin, were deemed “committee confidential” by the Trump White House and Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA).
One of the reasons why Mr. Trump and his Senate GOP supporters might be so reticent in releasing the Kavanaugh documents is what just a single page from the National Archives, concerning Kavanaugh’s work on the Starr investigation, indicates. The possible involvement of Starr and Kavanaugh in covering up the FBI’s work in tracking child sex traffickers would be a confirmation hearing bombshell, especially considering the alleged rapes of underage girls in 1994 Manhattan by Trump and his close friend, convicted child molester Jeffrey Epstein.
The Starr investigation’s archives papers includes a cover sheet for an FBI Child Abduction and Serial Killer Unit” report, titled “Questions for a Suicide Expert, Vincent Foster Death Investigation” and dated March 11, 1996. The document is part of the U.S. Park Police collection held at the National Archives. Kavanaugh headed the Starr team’s Foster death investigation. Although the name of the FBI supervisory special agent on Kavanaugh’s team is redacted, we have determined that it is that of frequent television news commentator Jim Clemente, formerly the FBI’s lead profiler of serial killers and violent sexual criminals.
Clemente has made televised comments about the crimes of Epstein, who was given a light sentence after his single conviction by a Florida state court of soliciting prostitution from a 14-year old girl. One of those who helped negotiate the light sentence and waived all future federal charges against Epstein or any of his friends, who include Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz, Donald Trump, and Trump friend Tom Barrack, was the U.S. Attorney for Southern Florida, Alex Acosta. Trump rewarded Acosta with a Cabinet position as labor secretary.
In 2002, Trump said of Epstein, “I’ve known Jeff for fifteen years. Terrific guy. He’s a lot of fun to be with. It is even said that he likes beautiful women as much as I do, and many of them are on the younger side.”
As for Kavanaugh’s former boss, Ken Starr was a member of Epstein’s legal team. Starr was able to convince Florida authorities and Acosta, at the federal level, to give Epstein very lenient treatment for a serial child molester and trafficker.
A single page from the Archives’ Kavanaugh files may yield what some of the other archival documents indicate about Kavanaugh.
Kavanaugh should be subjected to the age-old Washington scandal question: “What did he know and when did he know it?”—in this case, about issues, tangential or not, concerning the Foster suicide.
Given Kavanaugh’s connection to Starr, one of Epstein’s attorneys, and his being assigned child sex crime FBI profiler Clemente to his team in the Starr investigation, the American people have a right to know about anything sordid in Kavanaugh’s past. Mr. Trump does not have a right to suppress that information.
Previously published in the Wayne Madsen Report.
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