Ken Starr, prosecutor in Clinton Whitewater investigation, dies at 76

Ken Starr, a member of US President Donald Trump’s legal team, leaves the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on Monday, February 3, 2020.

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Ken Starr, who led Whitewater’s investigation into former President Bill Clinton, died Tuesday at age 76, his family said in a statement. statement.

Starr died in Houston of complications from surgery, according to the release.

Starr was nominated by former President Ronald Reagan for a seat on the US Court of Appeals for the Washington, DC Circuit, and served as US Attorney General under then-President George HW Bush. .

He also held positions as dean of Pepperdine University School of Law and president of Baylor University, a position that ended in 2016 after an investigation into the faculty’s mishandling of sexual assault cases.

But he is best known for leading Whitewater, the sprawling investigation that began as an investigation into the real estate investments of then-President Clinton and First Lady Hillary Clinton, but branched out to encompass many other areas, including the notorious Monica Lewinsky sex scandal.

That scandal involved the president’s extramarital affair with Lewinsky, which began when she was a 24-year-old White House intern.

Clinton, who falsely denied the relationship, was indicted by the House on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice that arose from the scandal. The Senate later acquitted Clinton of all charges.

Starr in 1994 was appointed independent counsel to investigate Whitewater, which began as an investigation into the aftermath of a failed Arkansas land development deal pursued by the Clintons and their associates years before Bill Clinton became president.

Starr’s extensive investigation also touched on the death of Clinton White House Deputy Counsel Vince Foster, which sparked intrigue and spawned conspiracy theories, but was ultimately ruled a suicide.

Several people involved in the Whitewater scandal were convicted of charges related to the investigation, but the Clintons were never criminally charged.

Star reportedly helped the defense team that reached a settlement to save Jeffrey Epstein, the wealthy sex offender and accused sex trafficker, from serious federal charges. Critics called that non-prosecution agreement a “love deal.” Epstein died by suicide in 2019, a month after he was arrested and prosecuted in New York on charges of abusing dozens of underage girls.

Most recently, Starr joined the legal team defending the former president. donald trump in his first impeachment trial in the Senate in early 2020. That trial revolved around Trump’s efforts to get Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy to announce an investigation into President Joe Biden, who at the time was considered a probable Democratic presidential candidate.

The Republican-majority Senate acquitted Trump on charges of abuse of power and obstruction of justice. The chamber requires a two-thirds vote to convict a president and remove him from office.

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