Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr dies age 76

Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr dies age 76

BREAKING NEWS: Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr dies age 76 of complications from surgery in Houston hospital

  • Starr had reportedly been suffering a lengthy illness 
  • Starr earned his fame when he served as the independent counsel who led the investigation that led to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton
  • Starr also argued 36 cases before the Supreme Court including 25 during his service as U.S. Solicitor General from 1989 to 1993
  • Two years ago he was a member of former president Trump’s defense team during his impeachment trial in the Senate, where Trump was acquitted

Clinton investigator Kenneth Star died Tuesday at 76 after a lengthy illness

Clinton investigator Kenneth Starr died Tuesday at 76 after a lengthy illness. 

A Reagan judicial appointee and Solicitor General under George H.W. Bush, Starr earned his fame when he served as the independent counsel who led the investigation that led to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton in the House. 

He died at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston of complications from surgery.

‘We are deeply saddened with the loss of our dear and loving Father and Grandfather, whom we admired for his prodigious work ethic, but who always put his family first,’ his son Randall Starr said. 

Starr is survived by his wife Alice, three children and nine grandchildren. 

Starr has argued 36 cases before the Supreme Court, including 25 during his service as U.S. Solicitor General from 1989 to 1993.

Two years ago he was a member of former president Trump’s defense team during his impeachment trial in the Senate, where Trump was acquitted. 

Starr was also the former president of Baylor University and a frequent presence on Fox News. He was reportedly instrumental in a 2008 sweetheart plea deal for Jeffrey Epstein that resulted in only 13 months’ prison time. 

A Reagan judicial appointee and Solicitor General under George H.W. Bush, Starr earned his fame when he served as the independent counsel who led the investigation that led to the impeachment of former President Bill Clinton in the House

Starr has argued 36 cases before the Supreme Court, including 25 during his service as U.S. Solicitor General from 1989 to 1993

Starr enjoys applause after completing his testimony at a United States House Judiciary Committee hearing on pending Articles of Impeachment against U.S. President Bill Clinton on Capitol Hill in 1998 

Starr was initially appointed independent counsel in 1994 and charged with investigating Bill and Hillary’s financial dealings with Whitewater Land Company, but soon moved into a wide-ranging investigation that included looking into Clinton’s actions as a defendant in the sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Paula Jones. 

In the course of that investigation, White House staffer Linda Tripp provided Starr with taped phone conversations where White House intern Monica Lewinsky talked about giving oral sex to then-president Clinton. Clinton gave a sworn deposition in that case in January 1998  that he did not have sexual relations with Lewinsky. He also denied every being alone with her. 

Six months later Clinton faced a grand jury, assembled by Starr, to consider whether Clinton committed perjury or otherwise obstructed justice in the Jones case. Clinton argued that oral sex did not count as ‘sexual relations’ in his mind. 

By September 1998 the Office of the Independent Counsel delivered its four-year-long report on the president to the House Judiciary Committee. It cited 11 possible grounds for impeachment related to the affair with Lewinsky. 

Clinton was then impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice charges in the House but acquitted in the Senate.  

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