Ken Starr, former Baylor president and Clinton investigator, dies at 76

Ken Starr died

Texas: Ken Starr passed away at the age of 76. He breathed his last in Houston, Texas, of some complications from the surgery that he had undergone recently. He headed the investigation which led to the impeachment of US president Bill Clinton because of his alleged affair with the White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

He was a former judge and a conservative legal stalwart. Ken Starr was best known for Clinton’s impeachment in 1998 by the Republic-controlled House. Clinton was acquitted by the Senate the next year. Starr’s had involvement with Clinton earlier also. In 1994, he was appointed special counsel to investigate a land deal which was known as Whitewater. It involved both Bill and Hillary Clinton. That only expanded later into a probe of Clinton’s affair with the 24-year-old Lewinsky which he denied initially.

He documented the sexual relationship between Clinton and the White House intern in graphic detail in this report which was called as Starr Report. This resulted in Clinton being accused of perjury and obstruction of justice. He was also considered a potential Supreme Court justice. Starr also later wrote a book about the probe titled ”Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation“.

Ken was named judge at the age of 37 by President Ronald Regan. He served as a solicitor general from 1989 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush. He led 25 cases before the Supreme Court. Ken Starr also served as the president of Baylor University from 2010 to 2016. He left the position over the handling of sexual complaints against American football players at the Baptist school. He joined the legal team in January 2020 which defended the Republican president Donald Trump in his first impeachment trial before the Senate.

He wanted to join the military in his youth but he was not selected for military service during the Vietnam War because he has classified as 4-F. He was survived by his wife Alice Mendell and their children. The world will remember him for exposing the famous Clinton scandal and as a shrewd legal counselor.

Hope his soul rests in peace.

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