FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2008
Intimidated Witness Forgives Kenneth Starr
By Hugh Turley
April 7, 2008 - Judge Kenneth Starr met with Patrick Knowlton today at the Sheraton Hotel in Boston shortly before Starr was scheduled to speak at a conference on Religiously Affiliated Law Schools.
In 1997, the three-judge panel that appointed Starr ordered him to include evidence submitted by Knowlton’s attorney, John H. Clarke, in his final report on the death of deputy White House counsel Vincent Foster. The 20 pages of evidence, included over Starr’s objections, proved that Foster was murdered and contradicted Starr’s conclusion of “suicide.”
Patrick Knowlton was a witness at Fort Marcy Park where Foster’s body was found. Foster’s car was not at the park, even though Starr claimed Foster drove his car to the park. Brett Kavanaugh, Starr’s deputy, tried to discredit Knowlton before a grand jury. Today, Starr told Knowlton that he still sees Kavanaugh frequently.
Kavanaugh, who has since been made a federal judge by President George Bush, replaced Miguel Rodriguez as Starr’s deputy. Rodriguez had resigned in protest over what he perceived as a cover-up.
Knowlton told Starr he forgave him for the harassment he suffered as a Whitewater grand jury witness. “You and I both know Vincent Foster was murdered and you covered up the murder,” Knowlton told Starr. “God knows the truth, and that is why I pray God will forgive you.”
Judge Starr replied, “Thank you for praying for me, Patrick.”