Ken Starr, who headed the investigation that led to the impeachment of president Bill Clinton for mendacity about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky, died on Tuesday. He was 76.
Starr died in Houston, Texas, of issues from surgical procedure, his household stated in an announcement.
A former decide and conservative authorized stalwart, Starr was finest identified for main the probe that resulted in Clinton’s December 1998 impeachment by the then Republican-controlled House of Representatives.
The Democratic president was acquitted by the Senate the next yr.
Starr’s involvement with Clinton started when he was appointed particular counsel in 1994 to research a land deal referred to as Whitewater involving Bill and Hillary Clinton.
That expanded right into a probe of the president’s affair with the 24-year-old Lewinsky, which Clinton initially denied.
The so-called Starr Report documented the president’s sexual relationship with the White House intern in graphic element and resulted in Clinton being accused of perjury and obstruction of justice.
Starr, who was as soon as touted as a possible Supreme Court justice, later wrote a e book concerning the probe — “Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation.”
Time journal selected Clinton and Starr as its “Men of the Year” in 1998.
Named a decide on the age of 37 by president Ronald Reagan, Starr went on to function solicitor normal from 1989 to 1993 below president George H.W. Bush, arguing 25 instances earlier than the Supreme Court.
Starr served as president of Baylor University from 2010 to 2016, when he left over the dealing with of sexual assault complaints towards American soccer gamers on the Baptist faculty.
– ‘Impeachment is hell’ –
In January 2020, Starr joined the authorized workforce that defended Republican president (*76*) Trump in his first impeachment trial earlier than the Senate.
Starr lamented that the Senate was being known as on “all too frequently” to strive impeachments.
“Indeed we’re living in what I think can be aptly described as the age of impeachment,” he stated.
“Like war, impeachment is hell,” Starr added. “At least presidential impeachment is hell.”
Like Clinton, Trump was impeached by the House however acquitted by the Senate.
Republican Senate minority chief Mitch McConnell praised Starr as a “brilliant litigator, an impressive leader, and a devoted patriot.”
“Ken poured his remarkable energy and talent into promoting justice, defending the Constitution, and upholding the rule of law,” McConnell stated in an announcement.
Lewinsky, in a February 2018 article in Vanity Fair, lashed out on the particular counsel’s investigation which put her on the middle of a political firestorm.
She stated she had an opportunity assembly with Starr in December 2017 at a New York restaurant.
“I felt determined, then and there, to remind him that, 20 years before, he and his team of prosecutors hadn’t hounded and terrorized just me but also my family,” she stated.
Looking for an apology, Lewinsky stated she instructed Starr that whereas she wished she had made “different choices” she would have appreciated his workplace to have accomplished the identical.
Starr gave an “inscrutable smile,” Lewinsky stated, and replied “I know. It was unfortunate.”
On Tuesday, Lewinsky tweeted that her “thoughts about Ken Starr bring up complicated feelings.”
“But of more importance, is that I imagine it’s a painful loss for those who love him,” she added.
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