Ken Starr, Prosecutor for President Clinton Whitewater-Lewinsky Inquiry, Dies at 76 | American News



Ken Starr, the former judge and attorney whose “Whitewater” criminal investigation into Bill Clinton led to the president’s impeachment, has died.

Mr Starr, who was 76, was nominated by former President Ronald Reagan for a seat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C. Circuit, and served as United States Solicitor General under then-President George HW Bush.

But he was best known for his five-year investigation into President Clinton who looked into fraudulent real estate transactions involving a longtime Clinton associate, looked into the removal of documents from the office of Assistant White House Counsel Vincent Foster after his suicide, and gathered evidence from the Clinton’s sexual encounters with Monica Lewinsky, a former White House intern.

The investigation into Clinton’s intimate relationship with Lewinsky was a show in Washington.

In 1995 Lewinsky went to work at the White House as an intern and late that year she and Clinton had a sexual encounter in a hallway near the Oval Office, the first of 10 sexual encounters over the course of 1995. the following year and a half.

President Clinton addresses the nation from the White House on August 17 after testifying for more than five hours before Independent Counsel Ken Starr's grand jury earlier in the day.  Clinton admitted to having a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky.  SV/FMS
President Clinton finally addressed the nation live on television from the White House and admitted to having a sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky

Ms. Lewinsky assigned the case to a colleague, Linda Tripp, who recorded some of their conversations and took the tapes to Mr. Starr’s prosecutors.

Ms. Lewinsky was granted immunity from prosecution and became Mr. Starr’s main witness against the president, who had denied “having had sex” with her.

In a bitter conclusion to his investigation into the Lewinsky case that drew even more criticism, Mr. Starr filed a report, as required by law, with the U.S. House of Representatives.

In it, he found that the president lied under oath, engaged in obstruction of justice, and followed behavior “inconsistent with the president’s constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws.”

Autobiography of former US President Bill Clinton and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky "Monica's story" are exhibited at a book fair in Beijing.  Autobiography of former US President Bill Clinton and former White House intern Monica Lewinsky "Monica's story" are displayed at a book fair in Beijing October 8, 2004. REUTERS/Guang Niu
The Clinton-Lewinsky affair was famous around the world

The White House has pilloried Mr Starr as a right-wing bigot taking orders from Republicans bent on destroying the president.

House Republicans used his report as a roadmap in impeaching the president, who was ultimately acquitted in a Senate trial.

In 2020, Starr was recruited to help represent President Trump in the nation’s third impeachment trial.

In a memorable statement to Congress during this impeachment trial, Mr Starr said: ‘We are living in what I think can justly be described as ‘the age of impeachment’.”

He said that “like war, impeachment is hell, or at least presidential impeachment is hell.”

Mr Starr’s family said he died in Houston, Texas on Tuesday from complications after surgery.


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