‘Starr’s a freak’: Trump brutal in 1999 assessment of defense teammate

President Trump repeatedly denigrated Ken Starr, whom he appointed to his legal team Friday, during Starr’s time as an independent counsel investigating President Bill Clinton, calling him a “freak,” a “lunatic,” and a “disaster.”

”Starr’s a freak,” Trump said in a 1999 interview with Maureen Dowd. “I bet he’s got something in his closet.”

And in an interview with NBC News’s Matt Lauer, Trump said, “I think Ken Starr’s a lunatic. I really think that Ken Starr is a disaster.” Trump’s comment, in a transcript unearthed by CNN, came in response to a question of whether he thought Clinton should be impeached.

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