Clinton White House special prosecutor Kenneth Starr says that he expects President Trump will be placed under oath in the Russia investigation before it’s all said and done.
“Yes or no answer, if this is possible, do you see the president being placed under oath before this is over?” MSNBC’s Brian Williams asked Starr during an interview Thursday night.
“Yes,” Starr answered.
Starr was analyzing the investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller. A former FBI director, Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the presidential campaign last year. The probe has expanded to include Trump associates’ business activities as well the circumstances of Trump’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Mueller is reportedly close to interviewing top White House aides on those issues.
Starr is directly familiar with how a special prosecutor’s investigation can expand beyond its initial mandate. The former federal judge was tapped in 1994 to investigate Whitewater, a real estate scandal involving the Clintons. That investigation expanded with the emergence of the Paula Jones and Monica Lewinsky sex scandals. Starr determined that Clinton lied in a deposition in a lawsuit filed by Jones when he denied having “sexual relations” with Lewinsky, a White House intern.
Starr’s investigation led to Clinton’s impeachment.
Starr offered other analysis of Mueller’s investigation. He said that he does not believe that the investigation is far along but that “there will be a number of indictments before this is over.”
He pointed to Mueller’s recent focus on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. Mueller oversaw a no-knock raid on Manafort’s Virginia residence in late July and has reportedly notified Manafort’s lawyers to expect an indictment.