Ken Starr, independent counsel who pursued Clinton, dies

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According to a statement from his family, the star died due to complications from the surgery.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our dear and beloved Father and Grandfather, whom we admired for his prodigious work ethic, but who always put his family first. Love, energy, sweet sense of humor, and the fun-loving interest of Dad We The performance for each of them was really special, and we cherish the many wonderful memories we were able to experience with them,” said Starr’s son, Randall. Statement on behalf of your children.
Starr, who was a member of former President Donald Trump’s defense team during Trump’s first impeachment, also served as president of Baylor University from 2010 to 2016. “Judge Starr was a dedicated public servant and a strong supporter of religious freedom that allows faith-based institutions such as Boiler to flourish,” Baylor President Linda Livingstone said in a statement Tuesday.
Starr’s investigation into Clinton, a conservative Republican, began when he Was appointed by a federal appeals panel in 1994 As an independent attorney investigating the involvement of the then president and Hillary Clinton in the Whitewater real estate scandal. Clinton was not ultimately prosecuted in that case, but Starr’s investigation into Clinton’s behavior later expanded to include allegations of sexual assault on Paula Jones, and that investigation led to Starr’s affair with Monica Lewinsky. led the investigation.
Lewinsky’s case eventually resulted in Clinton impeaching a federal grand jury on two charges of obstructing justice, though she was acquitted by the Senate in February 1999 and served the remainder of her term.
The scandal dominated Washington and most of the news media for more than a year, and both Starr and Clinton were named. Time’s Men of the Year in 1998. Starr’s investigation was seen as a reflection of an era of increasingly bitter partisanship combined with a tabloid-like interest in the private lives of politicians. In particular, Starr’s report to Congress was criticized for containing many vague details about the sexual relationship between Clinton and Lewinsky.
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Starr dismissed allegations that Clinton’s pursuit was politically motivated.

“I was assigned by the attorney general to do the job, and find out if there were crimes committed in this (Paula Jones) sexual assault trial,” Starr said at the time. “The whole idea of ​​equal justice under the law means you have to play by the rules. It has nothing to do with the underlying theme. You just tell the truth.”
He resigned as independent counsel in October 1999, citing “intense politicization of the independent counsel process”.

The star is survived by his wife Alice, whom he married in 1970, and has three children.


long legal career

Born in Vernon, Texas, on July 21, 1946, Starr attended Harding University in Cercy, Arkansas, and transferred to George Washington University, where he graduated in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in history. He graduated from Brown University with a master’s degree in politics. Received a degree in Science in 1969 and Law from Duke University Law School in 1973. After law school, Starr worked under Fifth Circuit Judge David W. Dyer and Chief Justice Warren E. Clerked for burger. ,

After serving on President Ronald Reagan’s transition team, he became a counsel to US Attorney General William French Smith in 1981. Then, in 1983, he was Nominated by Reagan and confirmed by the Senate As a federal judge in the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. After serving as a federal judge, he was nominated In 1989 by President George HW Bush to become US Solicitor General, in which he argued 25 cases before the Supreme Court, according to the Department of Justice. In 1993, he returned to private practice working for the law firm Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago.
The star was also part of Jeffrey Epstein’s legal team, when the accused pedophile was awarded a deal in 2008 that immunized him from federal prosecution. He also represented Blackwater USA contractors, who were charged with war crimes for killing civilians in Fallujah during the Iraq War. In 2014, four former Blackwater contractors were found guilty and sentenced to lengthy prison sentences, although Trump pardoned them in 2020.
Outside of his legal career, Starr was a dean and professor Pepperdine University Law School from 2004 to 2010. He also served as president of Baylor University, but was fired after an independent investigation showed a “fundamental failure” to adequately respond to allegations of student sexual assault.
The star came into the public eye in 2020, when Trump asked her to join his legal team in his first Senate impeachment trial, to argue for his acquittal. Pick essentially conjured up memories of another time when Washington was consumed by an impeachment inquiry, when Beltway politics intensified and with a president tinged with a personal life and the excitement of dominating the media. was in the office.
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This story has been updated on Tuesday with additional details.

CNN’s Brian Rokas contributed to this report.

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