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 read it privately and published a 4-page letter based on her private reading stating her conclusion that President Clinton committed no crimes.
— Orin Kerr (@OrinKerr) March 27, 2019
And you’ll never guess who responded.
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.
— Danny Deraney (@DannyDeraney) March 27, 2019
The way you have handled yourself all these years is quite literally unbelievable. Props to you, who has shown remarkable poise through a nation throwing a shitstorm at you. And now you’re using your platform to empower others and defend other victims… what class 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼
— I’m Just Dan D (@Just_DanD) March 27, 2019
For. The. Win.
— Jason Boyte (@jasonboyte) March 27, 2019
— God (@thegoodgodabove) March 27, 2019
Monica owns twitter every damn time and im here for it. 👊
— bristow72 (@bristow72) March 27, 2019
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 🐕🐛🌺 (@LMorrisWriter) March 25, 2019
The Starr report was published in full by the United States GPO and resold in bookstores throughout the country. https://t.co/NUXvvOOfLp
— ᴠɪᴄᴛøʀ.ᴢᴀᴘᴀɴᴛᴀ (@victorzapanta) March 27, 2019
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 🇺🇸🇳🇴🌊🎾 (@dlonorse) March 27, 2019
Barr’s concealment of the full Mueller report has frustrated many.