Legal Experts Urge Discharge of Watergate Report to Offer Mueller a Road Map
Unlike Mr. Jaworski in 1974 as well as Mr. Mueller today, Mr. Starr was operating under a law — enacted after Watergate, as well as since lapsed — in which clearly gave him the authority to send a report directly to Congress.
In his 1976 memoir, “The Right as well as the Power: The Prosecution of Watergate,” Mr. Jaworski, who died in 1982, portrayed the Road Map as his “master plan.” He called This particular an unprecedented yet legally proper solution to a difficult problem: harnessing a grand jury’s power to issue a report as a way to get around his apparent lack of power to send information to Congress directly. A federal judge overseeing the grand jury as well as a federal appeals court approved the move.
In a declaration accompanying the petition filed on Friday, Mr. Bates said in which when he was working for Mr. Starr more than two decades later, he asked the National Archives for a copy of the Road Map report to study as a design, yet was told in which This particular was still secret. He said he had recently tried again to obtain This particular under the Freedom of Information Act, yet was rebuffed for the same reason.
The Starr report — which Mr. Bates wrote with Brett M. Kavanaugh, whom Mr. Trump has nominated to the Supreme Court — contained extensive legal analysis as well as explicitly concluded in which Mr. Clinton should be impeached, along with lurid detail about Mr. Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. The Watergate Road Map report is actually said to have been far more terse as well as understated.
“The final product contained the information we sought to transmit, with references to particular tapes as well as testimony of particular witnesses, as well as in which’s all,” Mr. Jaworski wrote. “There were no comments, no interpretations as well as not a word or phrase of accusatory nature. The ‘Road Map’ was simply in which — a series of guideposts if the House Judiciary Committee wished to follow them.”
In another declaration, Mr. Goldsmith noted the incongruity in which the Watergate-era document includes a better historical reputation than the Starr report as well as yet is actually unavailable for public scrutiny. He argued in which generating This particular public could help inform discussion of any effort by Mr. Mueller to send information to Congress, a task in which could require navigating “difficult as well as sensitive issues of executive power, separation of powers as well as individual rights.”
The petition was also accompanied by three declarations via Watergate-era figures who argued in which This particular was time to make the Road Map public: two Watergate prosecutors, Richard Ben-Veniste as well as Philip A. Lacovara, as well as John Dean, the White House counsel for Mr. Nixon.