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Ken Starr: Trump May Have 'Moral Obligation' to Testify

Ken Starr: Trump May Have 'Moral Obligation' to Testify
Independent counsel Ken Starr testifies before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee in 1999. (Joyce Naltchayan/AFP/Getty Images)

 

By    |   Sunday, 10 June 2018 03:33 PM EDT

President Donald Trump has a "moral obligation" to sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, according to Ken Starr, the special prosecutor who conducted investigations during Bill Clinton administration.

"I think there may be a moral obligation, frankly, because he is the president of the United States," Starr told CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday.

Starr added President Trump "clearly has the authority to direct the firing" of special counsel Mueller, but doing so would be a "political firefight of the highest order."

"I don't think it's obstruction of justice – and I disagree with those who seem to find obstruction of justice in almost anything that the president has done," Starr told host Margaret Brennan. "But it certainly would be, I think, a political firefight of the highest order, because you have people in both parties saying 'This is an authorized investigation. Let it run its course.'"

But testifying is still under the discretion of the president and his legal team, Starr advised, saying they should take "caution" with deciding to appear before Mueller's investigations.

"I think they better be cautious, and I think they are being cautious," Starr said. "First, we have to remember this is the president of the United States and this is an authorized law enforcement investigation. So, that makes the situation unique.

"Looking at it simply from the perspective of a defense lawyer, you never want your client – unless you have an extraordinarily high level of confidence – to be exposed in this way. So, there are only two perspectives here. The president, you're talking to the president of the United States, but he also is at least the subject of a serious investigation.

"So, I think caution is the rule of thumb here."

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President Donald Trump has a "moral obligation" to sit down for an interview with special counsel Robert Mueller, according to Ken Starr, the special prosecutor who conducted investigations during Bill Clinton administration. "I think there may be a moral obligation,...
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