Just When Hillary Thought It Was Safe...

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Ken Starr’s aides swear he’s got a conscience. In a phone-in trial balloon to Sunday’s New York Times, Starr’s office says the independent prosecutor has decided not to indict either President or Hillary Clinton. But to clear off his desk (and maybe get some closure) before the Office of the Independent Council closes up shop for good, he’s nevertheless pulling together an encyclopedic report of all the allegations, accusations and presumed malfeasances of the First Couple from Whitewater to Monica and everything in between. And right in the middle of Hillary’s Senate campaign.

The OIC chorus says Starr’s brow is furrowed over whether the timing of such a release would be seen as -– gasp! -– politically motivated. Guess what? It would. And they're supposedly also concerned that it would be poor sportsmanship to bad-mouth the leader of the free world (and her husband) when Starr couldn’t even get enough for an indictment. "The question as it has been framed in the debate has been whether you put up or shut up," one adviser said. "If you can't indict her, shouldn't you just shut up?" That’s one for Starr to think about next time he takes out the garbage –- hey, maybe we could stand one last data dump, just for old times' sake. Certainly, it’s hard to remember when incomplete evidence ever stopped Starr before.