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Newly Approved Impeachment Resolution Wont Change Much: Ken Starr

The independent counsel who led the investigation into former President Bill Clinton says that the impeachment process resolution approved by House Democrats on Thursday wont change much.

“The so-called phase two is a continuation of phase one,” Ken Starr, now a contributor for Fox News, said during an appearance on Foxs “Outnumbered Overtime.”

“As far as Im able to tell, namely, Adam Schiff continues at the House Intelligence Committee to have all this authority, all this power. Well see whether he is in fact much more congenial and agreeable and accommodating when the Republicans are” asking for their time for oversight.

Starr said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and other party leaders moved too fast when they opened the inquiry without a vote.

He said the probe into Trump should have been handled as oversight to see if the president did anything wrong in his actions with Ukraine.

“Do oversight, and then once you have all the facts, then you focus on impeachment,” said Starr. He claimed that the closed-door investigation so far has been “historically wrong.”

Starr has been vocal in his criticism of the inquiry, saying last week during another Fox appearance: “Were outside. Were behind this veil of ignorance because of the closed-door proceedings. There is absolutely nothing, nothing that needs to be done behind closed doors in these secret proceedings.”

President Donald Trump speaks prior to awarding the Medal of Honor to U.S. Army Master Sgt. Matthew Williams in the East Room of the White House in Washington on Oct. 30, 2019. (Joshua Roberts/Reuters)
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) gavels the close of a vote by the House of Representatives on a resolution formalizing the impeachment inquiry centered on President Donald Trump in Washington on Oct. 31, 2019. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

“I think this is just a grave disservice to everyone,” he added. “Because there is no doubt that someones going to go out and spin or give some version of what he has said. This is just wrong. Its unfair. Its just no way to run this process.”

Leading Democrats said the impeachment resolution enabled open hearings and gave Republican House members and Trump certain rights.

“Im proud of the resolution we put together. I believe it will stand the test of time,” House Rules Committee Chairman Jim McGovern (D-Mass.)

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