During Monday’s appearance on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom,” Starr — who oversaw the investigation into former President Bill Clinton that led to his impeachment in the House — was asked to weigh in on the “current state of play” regarding House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s (D-Calif.) impeachment inquiry into the president.
The former independent counsel said that he thinks that Congress has started off “on the wrong street,” being on “impeachment alley” rather than “oversight street.” He added that “there is a legitimate reason for oversight.”
Starr continued on to say that he did not see any “evidence” of impeachable offenses.
“And the reason we shouldn’t be on Impeachment alley is there is no evidence, as I see it, of treason, bribery, [or] high crimes and misdemeanors,” said Starr.
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Starr then torched Pelosi and the House Democrats as having “terribly jumped the gun” on launching the impeachment inquiry.
“So I think, with all due respect to the House of Representatives and the speaker, they terribly jumped the gun,” “They got way ahead of themselves.”
He then raised the point that if prominent Senate Republicans such as Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are not “on board” with impeachment, the move would “utterly” not work.
“If [Graham’s] not on board, if people like Mitch McConnell aren’t on board, this is — given what we know, and I think what we can reasonably expect — utterly doomed to fail. And that’s a terrible thing for the country. Leave politics aside.”
“We should not, as a constitutional republic, be put through this kind of ordeal as rightly we were put through quite an ordeal twenty years ago,” added Starr, referring to the impeachment proceedings of Clinton.
Pelosi announced that she would be opening an impeachment inquiry into the president last week regarding a July phone call between Trump and Ukranian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy that was the subject of a whistleblower complaint.