Ken Starr, the probe that led to Bill Clinton's impeachment, has died

Kenneth Starr was appointed to the legal team representing Donald Trump during U.S.’s third presidential impeachment case in 2020

 

His family announced Tuesday that Ken Starr, a former federal appeals judge and prominent attorney who led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment, had died at the age of 76.

According to Mark Lanier, a former colleague, and attorney, Mr. Starr succumbed to complications following surgery on Tuesday. According to him, Mr. Starr was in intensive care in Houston for approximately four months.

Starr’s outstanding reputation as a lawyer led him for many years to the Supreme Court. He was 37 years old when he was appointed the youngest member to the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit. There Chief Justice John Roberts, Clarence Thomas, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Antonin Scalia had also served. Starr served as the solicitor general under President George H.W. Bush, who argued 25 cases before Supreme Court.

Senator Minority Leader Mitch McConnell recalled Starr Tuesday as “a brilliant litigator and an impressive leader, as well as a devoted patriot.”

Even with his legal skills, nothing could have prepared him to investigate a sitting president.

A five-year-long investigation by Mr. Starr focused on fraudulent real estate deals involving a long-time Clinton associate. He also investigated the removal of documents from Vincent Foster’s office and assembled evidence about Mr. Clinton’s sexual encounters. Each of these controversies had the potential to cause serious, possibly fatal, damage to President Clinton’s presidency.

The White House branded Mr. Starr a right-wing fanatic who was doing the bidding of Republican senators to destroy President Clinton as Mr. Clinton’s legal issues worsened.

Starr stated to a Senate committee that “the assaults took a lot” from the investigation in 1999. “A federal law enforcement investigation that was duly authorized became another political game. “Law became politics through other means.”

After a bitter end to his investigation into the Ms. Lewinsky scandal that drew more criticism, Starr filed a report with the U.S. House of Representatives, as required by law. Starr concluded that Clinton had lied under oath and engaged in obstruction of justice. He also found a pattern that was inconsistent with his constitutional duty to faithfully implement the laws. Starr’s report was used by the House Republicans as a guideline for impeaching the president. He was later acquitted at a Senate trial.

He was appointed to represent Trump during the third impeachment trial in 2020. During the Trump impeachment trial, Mr. Starr made a memorable statement to Congress. He stated that impeachment was hell or at the very least, presidential impeachment.

 

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