Ken Starr, the prosecutor who led the relentless Whitewater investigation into then-President Bill Clinton and whose report on the case revealed intimate particulars of Clinton’s extramarital sexual relations, died Tuesday in Houston following problems from surgical procedure. He was 76.
His dying was introduced by his household in a statement.
Nominated by former President Ronald Reagan for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Washington, D.C., circuit, Starr was U.S. solicitor basic underneath President George H.W. Bush. He obtained his best public consideration – political opponents would possibly say infamy – as impartial counsel throughout the Clinton Administration. Starr had initially been appointed to research the suicide of deputy White (*76*) counsel Vince Foster and the Whitewater actual property investments of Clinton.
The investigation would develop to embody way more than its preliminary mission: After Clinton denied having “sexual relations” with former intern Monica Lewinsky, allegations of perjury led to the president’s impeachment. Clinton was subsequently acquitted at a trial earlier than the United States Senate.
After greater than 4 years of investigation, Starr filed the Starr Report, which included lurid particulars that will turn out to be a part of the ’90s zeitgeist, together with, as proof, Lewinsky’s blue Gap gown that Starr stated had traces of Clinton’s DNA on it, and grist for numerous l ate-night speak present jokes.
In the a long time following the Clinton investigation, Starr grew to become a constant presence on Fox News, showing on, amongst others, Outnumbered, Cavuto Live, Hannity, Fox and Friends, Tucker Carlson Tonight and America’s Newsroom.
In the 2021 FX sequence concerning the scandal, Impeachment: American Crime Story, Starr was portrayed by actor Dan Bakkedahl. The sequence at present is offered to stream on Hulu.
Starr would additionally participate in different high-profile authorized instances: In 2007, he joined the group defending Jeffrey Epstein towards allegations of rape (a plea cut price resulted in Epstein serving 13 months on work launch), and in 2020 the legal professional was a part of then-President Donald Trump’s authorized group in a Senate impeachment trial.
Starr is survived by spouse of 52 years, Alice Mendell Starr, kids Randall P. Starr, Carolyn S. Doolittle and Cynthia S. Roemer, their spouses and 9 grandchildren.
In a press release on behalf of the household, son Randall Starr stated, “We are deeply saddened with the lack of our expensive and loving Father and Grandfather, whom we admired for his prodigious work ethic, however who all the time put his household first. The love, power, endearing humorousness, and fun-loving curiosity Dad exhibited to every of us was actually particular, and we cherish the numerous fantastic recollections we had been capable of expertise with him. He is now together with his Lord and Savior.”
Starr can be buried on the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.