Ken Starr: 'Preposterous' to Say Russian Social Media Efforts Influenced 2016 Election
Attorney and former federal judge Ken Starr said Thursday it's "preposterous" to believe Russia's efforts on social media impacted the result of the 2016 election.
"My own view, the idea that this affected the election is utterly preposterous. I think it's an insult to the American people, to say 'oh, they voted because they saw some ad some St. Petersburg, Russia outfit bought on Facebook.' That is almost silly," he said on "Fox & Friends."
Starr, who served as independent counsel investigating President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, was asked about the indictments of 13 Russian nationals last week by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
The indictment laid out a coordinated effort by the Russians, starting in 2014, to influence Americans' political opinions and sow discord in the country.
Starr emphasized that "we don't know what Bob Mueller knows" but so far there has been no evidence presented of collusion with the Russians by the Trump campaign.
He said he does not see Mueller as a "rogue" prosecutor or "out of control," adding that some of the people who have been indicted caused a "self-inflicted wound" by lying to investigators.
Earlier this week, a lawyer connected to former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators. Gates, a former business partner of Paul Manafort, is expected to plead guilty to fraud-related charges in the Mueller probe, according to reports.
Starr said he views Mueller as "honorable" and believes in the investigation being overseen by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal from matters related to the Trump campaign.
"If there is a major indictment, I think we have the assurance of the American people that it's a senior official of the Justice Department who has been confirmed by the United States Senate, nominated by the President. It is an issue of accountability as I see it, Brian. I view it as very positive sign of controls and accountability," he said.
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