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FLASHBACK: In 1998, Pelosi Wanted President to See Final Starr Report Before Congress

"Why would you not afford the President of the United States the same opportunity you were given...of having almost a week’s advance notice to review the charges against you..."

By NTK Staff | 04.18.2019 @11:29am

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) blasted Attorney General William Barr for allowing President Trump’s legal team to see an advanced copy of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final investigation. But in 1998, Pelosi suggested that then-President Bill Clinton had the right to review independent counsel Ken Starr’s report on Clinton’s sex scandal.

“AG Barr has confirmed the staggering partisan effort by the Trump Admin to spin public’s view of the #MuellerReport – complete with acknowledgment that the Trump team received a sneak preview,” Pelosi tweeted. “It’s more urgent than ever that Special Counsel Mueller testify before Congress.”

However, in 1998, when the House of Representatives wa debating H.R. 525, which called for the immediate public release of Starr’s 445-page report on Clinton’s sex scandal, Pelosi said she believed Clinton should have been allowed to review the Starr report before Congress.

“Mr. Speaker, for seven of the eleven years that I have served in Congress, I have served on the Ethics Committee or the ethics task force. It is from that perspective that I have several questions to ask,” Pelosi said.

“If indeed what we are talking about here today is the process under which the Starr report will be released, why then have the airwaves been filled with details of the Starr report for the last 36 hours? It has supposedly been under lock and key here. One can only assume the leaks are coming from the independent counsel’s office,” Pelosi continued.

“My second question is to you, Mr. Speaker: Why would you not afford the President of the United States the same opportunity you were given by the Ethics Committee of having almost a week’s advance notice to review the charges against you, and so that you could have your response be part of the report?” Pelosi asked then-Speaker Newt Gingrich.

Pelosi was referring to an Ethics Committee investigation into Gingrich, which resulted in the House officially reprimanding Gingrich for claiming tax-exempt status for a college course that was run for political purposes.

Ultimately, the resolution passed with an overwhelming majority 363-63. Pelosi however was one of the handful of House Democrats that voted against the resolution.

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