The pro-Clinton forces have urged the Supreme Court to deny Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr access to the notes taken by attorney James Hamilton when he met with the late Vincent Foster just nine days before Foster’s death. They claim that it is a matter of principle, but there is a strong suspicion that they are afraid that the notes will cast some light on the death of Clinton’s deputy counsel.
The investigation of Foster’s death was left to the U.S. Park Police, an organization whose expertise lies in ticketing speeders on the parkways, not investigating possible murders. These inexperienced officers jumped to the conclusion that Foster’s death was a suicide because they found a .38 caliber revolver in his hand. It is unusual for a gun to remain in the hand after one shoots himself to death. That was grounds for suspicion that Foster did not commit suicide.
Some of the more experienced paramedics at the scene suspected homicide. One said that the caliber of the gun was too large to be consistent with the only wound he could see, a small hole in the side of Foster’s neck. A .38 should have blown a large hole in the back of Foster’s head, creating a bloody mess, but virtually no blood could be seen. The lead police investigator couldn’t find an exit wound. He thought there was none. The death should have been investigated as a possible homicide, but it never was. Kenneth Starr’s investigation was the fourth one undertaken. Eighteen months after he began it, his chief deputy, Hickman Ewing said, “Was it murder or was it suicide? The important question is why.” Eighteen months later, Starr concluded that it was suicide, but he hadn’t answered satisfactorily any of the hard questions, including that big WHY. We know that something was bothering Foster so much that he wanted to resign after only 6 months at the White House.
The day before he died, Foster had an unusual hour-long meeting with Marsha Scott, one of Clinton’s most trusted confidantes. He had a 20-minute phone conversation with Clinton that night. The content of those conversations has never been disclosed, but a good guess would be that Clinton wanted to know what was troubling Foster. It might have been Travelgate, the Waco tragedy, or possibly some illegal activities involving national security. The answer might have been found in two manila envelopes that Foster’s secretary had seen in the office safe. One was addressed to Foster’s close friend, associate counsel Bill Kennedy, marked “For Eyes Only,” and the other to the Attorney General. Those envelopes never reached the addressees.
Foster may have discussed their contents with James Hamilton, the attorney he had engaged and talked to nine days before he died. Hamilton took notes which Ken Starr has subpoenaed. Hamilton, who was not very cooperative with the police investigating Foster’s death, has appealed to the Supreme Court to quash Starr’s subpoena. Could this be because his notes would help explain why and how Vince Foster died? We hope the Supreme Court will let us find out.