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Ken Starr: Tell White House Not to 'Rush' Ukraine Transcript

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By    |   Tuesday, 24 September 2019 03:54 PM

Ken Starr, the former U.S. solicitor general, said Tuesday the White House should not "rush" to put out a transcript of President Donald Trump's phone call with his Ukrainian counterpart.

Trump's call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, in which he reportedly pushed for an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, has caused controversy, and Democrats have called for a transcript of the call to be made public.

Starr, who as independent counsel headed the investigation into former President Bill Clinton, said in an interview on Fox News he did not think the time was right to release the details of the conversation.

"Not at this time," he said. "I don't think there should be a rush. There are dangers, the precedent of any president making public transcripts of confidential conversations."

Starr added conversations between the president and a foreign leader are "sensitive," and the White House and the Senate Intelligence Committee should negotiate an agreement in the interest of "accountability and checks and balances."

"There are different ways of calibrating and negotiating this, but don't rush to publish," he said.

"We live, I know, in the age of transparency. But that has to be balanced against an enduring presidential interest in carrying on the foreign policy of the United States in a responsible way."

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