Ken Starr, prosecutor in Clinton-Lewinsky investigation, dead at 76

Ken Starr, prosecutor in Clinton-Lewinsky investigation, dead at 76

KEN STARR. Attorney Kenneth Starr gives an opening statement remotely during a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs hearing to examine claims of voter irregularities in the 2020 election, in the Dirksen Senate Office Building, in Washington, DC, USA, on December 16, 2020.

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Ken Starr died on September 13 in Houston from complications from surgery, his family says

Ken Starr, the prosecutor whose investigation led to the impeachment of former US President Bill Clinton in 1998, has died at age 76, his family said in a statement on Tuesday, September 13.

Starr died on Tuesday in Houston from complications from surgery, his family said.

Starr came to national prominence as the special prosecutor who investigated the sex-and-perjury scandal that led to then-President Clinton’s impeachment.

The investigation into Clinton’s affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky produced a book-length official document for Congress that became a bestseller when commercially sold as “The Starr Report.”

Offering startling glimpses of sexual trysts intermingled with the densest legalese, the report found Clinton’s attempt to cover up the affair offered grounds for impeachment.

“According to Ms. Lewinsky, she performed oral sex on the president on nine occasions. On all nine of those occasions, the president fondled and kissed her bare breasts,” “The Starr Report” said. “She called him ‘Handsome’; on occasion, he called her ‘Sweetie,’ ‘Baby,’ or sometimes ‘Dear.'”

The scandal centered on Clinton’s attempt to cover up his relationship with Lewinsky, and the impeachment charges stemmed from his false denial of the relationship in his 1998 grand jury testimony and in a deposition in a sexual harassment case filed against him by Paula Jones of Arkansas where Clinton had been governor.

On December 19, 1998, the US House of Representatives voted to impeach Clinton – only the second president until then to face this charge of wrongdoing. A subsequent Senate trial failed to remove him from office.

Starr repeatedly said that no one, not even the US president, was above the law.

Born July 21, 1946, in Vernon, Texas, Starr was a clerk to former Chief Justice Warren Burger in 1974 and 1975, and in 1981, he became counselor to William French Smith, then-President Ronald Reagan’s first attorney general.

In 1989, he became solicitor-general, the US government’s chief litigator.

In that job, he argued 25 cases, including controversial lawsuits on abortion rights and school prayer. Before he became special prosecutor, he was often mentioned as a Republican president’s potential nominee to the US Supreme Court. –

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