Though the 90's may seem like a distant memory to most, for some—like Monica Lewinsky—the decade is all too vivid.
News of then-President Bill Clinton's sexual relationship with Lewinsky while she was a White House intern became public in 1998. Lewinsky was harassed and mocked by a country that suddenly had intimate knowledge of a deeply personal facet of her life—one that would define her to the public for decades.
Attorney Kenneth Starr was the independent counsel who investigated the scandal. Starr's subsequent report concluded that Clinton committed perjury when testifying under oath that he had not had sexual relations with Lewinsky. This proved to be enough to spur decade-defining impeachment proceedings against Clinton.
Flash forward to the delivery of the Mueller Report to Attorney General William Barr last week, which Barr summarized in four pages and delivered to Congress on Sunday. Calls for the report to be made public are growing, but it reportedly won't be released for weeks despite claims from the Trump camp that it is a "total and complete exoneration" of the President.
USC law professor Orin Kerr wondered what would've happened had the current standard been applied in the Clinton era.
Imagine if the Starr Report had been provided only to President Clinton's Attorney General, Janet Reno, who then re… https://t.co/UjsIrheIRp— Orin Kerr (@Orin Kerr) 1553656925.0
And you'll never guess who responded.
if. fucking. only. https://t.co/6N7SFiKRln— Monica Lewinsky (@Monica Lewinsky) 1553662938.0
Lewinsky has reclaimed her narrative in the past decade, using her experience during the Clinton era to become an anti-bullying activist, women's advocate, and motivational speaker.
People were certainly motivated upon seeing her response to Kerr.
@MonicaLewinsky Preach— Danny Deraney (@Danny Deraney) 1553663275.0
@MonicaLewinsky The way you have handled yourself all these years is quite literally unbelievable. Props to you, wh… https://t.co/rCjJ5oGsIp— I’m Just Dan D (@I’m Just Dan D) 1553663052.0
@MonicaLewinsky For. The. Win.— Jason Boyte (@Jason Boyte) 1553663647.0
@MonicaLewinsky @AsteadWesley this owns— God (@God) 1553663419.0
@MonicaLewinsky *kisses fingertips* Monica owns twitter every damn time and im here for it. 👊— bristow72 (@bristow72) 1553663866.0
Though the Mueller Report remains secrets, Republicans sold hardback copies of the Starr Report to the public in the 90's.
They sold hard copies of the Starr Report in bookstores. https://t.co/ASKSiBrzNo— KeyLimeCoconut 🐕🐛🌺 (@KeyLimeCoconut 🐕🐛🌺) 1553556517.0
@ianbassin @OrinKerr The Starr report was published in full by the United States GPO and resold in bookstores throu… https://t.co/lCeszPm0k4— ᴠɪᴄᴛøʀ.ᴢᴀᴘᴀɴᴛᴀ (@ᴠɪᴄᴛøʀ.ᴢᴀᴘᴀɴᴛᴀ) 1553694683.0
@OrinKerr As I recall the Starr Report was published as a book and sold in bookstores. Read all about the Blue Dress!— Age of Radical Uncertainty — dlonorse 🇺🇸🇳🇴🌊🎾 (@Age of Radical Uncertainty — dlonorse 🇺🇸🇳🇴🌊🎾) 1553693056.0
Barr's concealment of the full Mueller report has frustrated many.
Barr's summary said that Mueller couldn't establish collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian operatives—not that Mueller found no evidence of it. However, until the public sees the full report, it's impossible to gauge how important that distinction is.
We don't even know how many pages it is—crucial knowledge that could give clues to the breadth of information it holds.
Length of Bill Barr’s 2018 letter arguing a defense to Presidential obstruction: 19 pages Length of Barr’s 2019… https://t.co/XiYu4aacjo— Ari Melber (@Ari Melber) 1553618628.0
Amazing that so many conclusions are drawn on all sides when we don't even know how many pages there are in Mueller… https://t.co/ke1hr86IcL— Taylor Branch (@Taylor Branch) 1553610600.0
Mueller's confidential report is "very comprehensive," a DOJ official tells @LauraAJarrett. Officials won't say how many pages there are....— Marshall Cohen (@Marshall Cohen) 1553289636.0
The White House will also reportedly get a chance to claim "executive privilege" over parts of the report.
Justice being obfuscated in the light of day: "Graham said Barr told him he would send the report to the White Hous… https://t.co/aBrpaBQh70— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈) 1553629817.0
It seems to me that redacting the #MuellerReport in the name of “executive privilege” would constitute “obstruction… https://t.co/kZWZYLoIYz— Adam Weitzman (@Adam Weitzman) 1553691071.0
Interesting how much has changed.