Write a comment

A federal judge for the District of Columbia ruled Monday to unseal 11 cases related to independent counsel Ken Starr’s investigation into the relationship between former President Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky in 1998.

District Court Chief Judge Beryl Howell’s ruling was a response to CNN’s Feb. 9 request to make the records available publicly.

“While the continued secrecy of judicial opinions regarding grand jury matters is necessary to protect the integrity of an ongoing investigation, that need for secrecy decreases once the investigation ends and continues to diminish over time,” Howell wrote Monday. “The public has an overarching interest in the accessibility of judicial opinions.”

Court documents regarding the Starr investigation have remained sealed at the courthouse for the past two decades, although some of the information was available publicly in the Congressional Record and through Starr’s report to Congress in 1998.

 

Howell is overseeing proceedings related to the grand jury by Mueller.

What records will be unsealed?

The records in question involve cases related to whether authorities could force the White House to hand over Clinton’s meeting and phone records and whether he would have to testify before a grand jury.

Another case involves Clinton’s lawyer and private investigator Terry Lenzner, who had investigated the women who accused the former president of sexual misconduct and tried to keep his records secret.

What else?

None of the documents requested have been made public before, including the judge’s opinion.

There will be redactions in the unsealed documents, the judge wrote. The names of witnesses who appeared before the grand jury and grand jury testimony will remain secret. Private details about Lenzner will also stay sealed.

The Justice Department asked Howell to keep several of the documents sealed, citing the court didn’t have the power to make them public.

According to the judge, Clinton and others involved are not opposed to opening the files to the public.

When will the files be made available?

The Justice Department has until Thursday to file an appeal, which means the documents won’t be available in the court’s online database until after that time.

 

Loading comment... The comment will be refreshed after 00:00.

Be the first to comment.

Say something here...
You are a guest ( Sign Up ? )
or post as a guest

 

 

 

Latest

5 Comments

It's Official: British Prime Minster to Face No-Confidence Vote TODAY

December 12, 2018
4 Comments

British Prime Minister to be OUSTED in "No-Confidence" Vote

December 11, 2018
1 Comment

South Atlantic Ocean Gets Major Earthquake

December 10, 2018
5 Comments

Maduro warns of US plot to overthrow Venezuela government

December 10, 2018
Write a comment

REPORTS: MISSILE ATTACK AGAINST DAMASCUS AIRPORT

December 09, 2018
2 Comments

Yellowstone Geyser: "Off the charts" with steam eruptions

December 06, 2018
Write a comment

Sale

December 05, 2018
1 Comment

Wintry Mess to Spread Snow, Ice From Southern Plains, Southeast to East Coast Late This Week into Next Weekend

December 03, 2018
8 Comments

VIDEO: S-300 Air Defenses Deploying in Odessa Ukraine for Russia WAR

December 02, 2018
28 Comments

Whack-job in Cleveland Complains about Christmas Song - Radio station folds like a cheap camera - pulls the Dean Martin song!

December 01, 2018
21 Comments

VIDEO! NATO Moving Tanks into Ukraine via Poland - Preparing for WAR with Russia

November 30, 2018
13 Comments

Canada OUTLAWS the mailing of Precious Metals

November 30, 2018
13 Comments

NOW AFRICA HIT WITH M7.0 EARTHQUAKE !

November 30, 2018
7 Comments

MASSIVE EARTHQUAKE SMASHES ANCHORAGE - TSUNAMI WARNINGS ISSUED

November 30, 2018
4 Comments

Saudi Military Re-Deployed to Capital; Deter COUP of King and Crown Prince

November 30, 2018
9 Comments

ISRAEL ATTACKS SYRIA (AGAIN) - FAILS

November 30, 2018
16 Comments

WAR Being Planned by US for Ukraine/Russia - Job Ads seek "Combat Zone" Workers for "Classified Operations" with US Military in Ukraine

November 29, 2018
14 Comments

UH Oh! Ukraine Asks Turkey To BAR Russian Military Vessels From Bosphorus Strait "Time of War"

November 29, 2018
16 Comments

Red Laser Dots Float on President Trump’s Chest and Face During White House Speech

November 29, 2018
6 Comments

Audio Archive Nov. 28, 2018

November 28, 2018