Kenneth Starr, unbiased counsel behind Invoice Clinton’s impeachment, dies at 76

Kenneth Starr, whose investigation as unbiased counsel led to the impeachment of President Invoice Clinton, has died, his former employer, Baylor College, mentioned Tuesday. He was 76.

Starr died at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Middle in Houston of problems from surgical procedure, the college mentioned in its announcement.

Starr ended his authorized and scholarly profession as president and chancellor of the personal college in 2016 after serving in that function for six years.

An investigation of a sexual assault scandal on the establishment concluded that its soccer workforce existed “above the foundations,” and mentioned the college underneath Starr’s management discouraged college students from reporting sexual assaults.

The college fired the top coach and demoted Starr to chancellor and professor. He resigned, however mentioned he would nonetheless train.

Starr sounded humbled on the time, saying he accepted accountability and that the college wanted to do higher. “We must be trustworthy,” he mentioned.

Earlier than his time on the faculty in Waco, Texas, Starr held plenty of educating positions whereas working as a legislation agency companion.

He spent six years as a legislation professor and dean at Pepperdine College in Malibu, California; he additionally had held positions at New York College Faculty of Legislation, George Mason College Faculty of Legislation in Virginia, and Chapman Legislation Faculty in Orange, California.

However Starr was finest identified for his work within the Nineteen Nineties as an unbiased counsel assigned to research the investments of Invoice and Hillary Clinton in a land deal that turned referred to as the Whitewater scandal.

The Clintons invested 1000’s within the failed land deal that undermined the muse of a financial savings and mortgage operated by their buddy Jim McDougal, Madison Warranty, which failed in 1989 and price taxpayers an estimated $73 million.

The couple’s funding in Whitewater Improvement Corp. predated their years within the White Home, and any doable wrongdoing would have been arduous to show. Starr shut down the Whitewater portion of his duties in 1997.

As was his purview, Starr expanded his investigation and commenced to unearth the president’s affair with White Home intern Monica Lewinsky, which Clinton steadfastly denied.

That denial — underneath oath — is what finally landed Clinton in sizzling water with Congress, which impeached him in 1998 however didn’t take away him from workplace. The U.S. Senate acquitted him.

In 2018, Clinton mentioned he was sorry for the episode. However he remained defiant, saying he greater than paid the worth for his errors.

“No one believes that I obtained out of that at no cost,” he mentioned on NBC’s “TODAY” present that 12 months. “I left the White Home $16 million in debt.”

His job investigating the president wasn’t Starr’s solely function within the federal authorities. He was a judicial appointee of President Ronald Reagan and solicitor common underneath President George H.W. Bush.

In 2020, Starr joined the authorized workforce of President Donald Trump as he mounted a protection for his personal impeachment trial. He was impeached by the Home, the primary of two such sanctions for Trump, for abuse of energy and obstruction of Congress. However the Senate, because it did for Clinton, didn’t vote to take away Trump from workplace.

Senate Minority Chief Mitch McConnell mentioned Tuesday, “I’m very sorry to be taught of the passing of my buddy Choose Ken Starr. He was an excellent litigator, a formidable chief, and a loyal patriot.”

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