Former Independent Counsel Ken Starr, who investigated Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, said Wednesday that the evidence used in the impeachment of President Donald Trump was “not even close” to overwhelming and called impeachment a “political exercise.”
“The evidence, whether it’s circumstantial or direct — and I think it’s virtually entirely circumstantial — has to be overwhelming not just beyond a reasonable doubt…overwhelming to the American people who are not sitting in a courtroom and listening to every witness testify and drawing interferences and so forth,” he said to Fox News host Bill Hemmer.
He noted that the two themes in impeachment have been that Trump’s actions posed a national security risk and that he tried to intervene in an election and said there was a “very thin evidentiary record” to support those themes, calling them “really quite farfetched.”
“It really is not a strong case,” he said, adding later that “this will go down as the most partisan impeachment in the history of the republic.”
He said that a president should not be impeached unless he has done something “so profoundly wrong that the republic is in some sort of danger if he continues.”
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