Text of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's statement Tuesday in Washington on comments by Hillary Rodham Clinton:

The First Lady today accused this Office of being part of ``a vast right-wing conspiracy.'' That is nonsense. Our current investigation began when we received credible evidence of serious federal crimes. We promptly informed Attorney General Reno, and she determined that the allegations merited further investigation. The Attorney General and the Special Division of the D.C. Circuit then authorized us to conduct the investigation. Our investigation is being carried out by highly experienced federal prosecutors, FBI agents, and other law-enforcement professionals, with major decisions made through a deliberative process. We are working to complete the inquiry as quickly and thoroughly as possible.