“From Robert Mueller to Kenneth Starr, a look at special prosecutors throughout history”
Robert B. Fiske Jr. originally was appointed as special counsel by Attorney General Janet Reno, who served in the Clinton administration, to investigate misconduct pertaining to the Whitewater Development Corporation, a failed real estate venture headed by President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton, along with James and Susan McDougal. The probe also included the death of deputy White House counsel Vincent W. Foster Jr., which was ruled a suicide.
As special counsel, Fiske led the questioning of the Clintons, The New York Times reported in 1994. The newspaper described the event as an “extraordinary” move as it was the first time a sitting president provided a sworn deposition about his conduct.
That same year, Fiske was ousted, and former solicitor general Kenneth Starr was appointed special counsel by a panel of judges. They said they removed Fiske so that he’d “be protected against perceptions of conflict.” Starr’s investigation ultimately led to the impeachment of Clinton as it encompassed the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
By 1999, Starr was replaced with veteran prosecutor Robert Ray.
Ray closed the investigation in 2000, officially clearing the Clintons of any wrongdoing in the failed Whitewater project.