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Starr: Vincent Foster's Death Was Suicide


WASHINGTON (AllPolitics, July 15) -- Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr has concluded that former White House counsel Vincent Foster's death was a suicide, as previous investigations have determined.

Starr's ruling may put to rest speculation that Foster, a longtime Arkansas associate of Bill and Hillary Clinton, was murdered. Foster came to Washington to work as White House counsel in 1992, and the nation reacted with shock when he was found dead in a Virginia park on July 20, 1993.

A determined band of conspiracy theorists postulated that Foster, who had intimate knowledge of the Clintons' affairs, was murdered because he knew too much. Starr's report throws more cold water on that thesis. foster

"Based on investigation, analysis and review of the evidence by experts and experienced investigators and prosecutors, this Office concluded that Mr. Foster committed suicide by gunshot in Fort Marcy Park, VA on July 20, 1993," Starr said.

Independent Counsel Robert Fiske, the first special prosecutor to investigate Whitewater matters, and other police investigators reached similar conclusions that Foster had taken his own life.

When revelations surfaced that documents had been removed from Foster's White House office the night he died, Starr was charged with reviewing the death yet again.

CNN's Bob Franken contributed to this report.

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