October 18, 1999.

Just a few moments ago, I took the oath of office to serve as Independent Counsel. With me were my wife and children, my mother, father, and brother. Let me begin by recognizing Ken Starr’s extraordinary service to the country, at great personal sacrifice, over the past five years. He gave a lot.

I am grateful to the Special Division for the confidence the Court has placed in me, and I will do my utmost to carry out my responsibilities to the very best of my ability. It was my privilege to meet with the judges of the Special Division at some length during the course of this process, and I accept this duty with a keen recognition of the weightiness of the matters that have been entrusted to this Office.

I come to this task with a firm commitment to the legal and judicial process. I have been privileged to serve as a career prosecutor for now over ten years, both in the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York and in two Independent Counsel Offices. I have tried mightily, in every matter assigned to me, to live up to the finest traditions of what it means to be a professional prosecutor. In the words of Supreme Court Justice Sutherland uttered over sixty years ago, the Government’s interest in a matter entrusted to a prosecutor is to act fairly and impartially; “not that it should win a case, but that justice shall be done.” With my colleagues, the men and women of the Independent Counsel’s Office, we shall do our best to be thorough, and fair; to discharge the weighty mandates that have been given our Office; and to continue the work of this investigation in a prompt, responsible, and cost-effective manner.

Thank you very much.

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