The former prosecutor who in the 1990s investigated the scandals of former President Bill Clinton, Ken Starr, died at the age of 76 due to complications in a surgical intervention.
Starr’s death was confirmed by Baylor University in Texas, which was directed by the former prosecutor between 2010 and 2016, through a publication on social networks where they attached his image and the legend “In Memoriam”.
Starr’s name became relevant in the last decade of the 20th century as a result of the investigation between 1994 and 1998 carried out as an independent prosecutor in the Whitewater financial scandal, which affected Clinton’s entourage, in addition to the former first lady, Hillary Clinton.
Kenneth W. Starr, 1946-2022
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— Baylor University (@Baylor) September 13, 2022
The former prosecutor expanded the investigation to include the case of Paula Jones, a former official who sued Clinton for sexual harassment. He also inquired about the president’s lies about his affair with Monica Lewinsky, who was a White House intern.
Through the scandals, the House of Representatives decided to impeach the former Democratic president in December 1998, but he was acquitted by the Senate and Clinton remained in office, in what was the second impeachment trial against a president in the history of the United States from Andrew Johnson, who commanded the country between 1865 and 1869.
In his tenure as prosecutor, Starr secured 14 convictions linked to scandals that marred the Clintons, including James McDougal, who died in jail in 1998. His ex-wife Susan McDougal and former Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker were also arrested.
Starr was a member of the defense of former President Donald Trump during his first political trial in 2019, when he was accused by the House of Representatives of abuse of power and obstruction of Congress, charges of which he was acquitted by the Senate.
He was also part of the legal team of the financial tycoon and deceased by suicide, the pederast Jeffrey Epstein, in a case brought in 2008. He also represented contractors of the Blackwater company, accused of war crimes for the death of civilians in the war from Iraq.