World latest | Death at 76 of Clinton impeachment attorney

Ken Starr investigated famed sex scandal charges as well as other high-profile allegations of wrongdoing against the former president.



According to his family, Ken Starr, the lawyer who oversaw extensive investigations of former President Bill Clinton that finally resulted in his impeachment, passed away at the age of 76.


Starr's relatives announced in a statement that he passed away on Tuesday at Baylor St. Luke's Medical Center in Houston, Texas, as a result of "complications from surgery," highlighting his extensive career as a judge, attorney, and educator.


The attorney is best known for his work investigating the Clintons. He was originally hired as independent counsel in 1994 to look into dubious real estate investments made by Bill and Hillary Clinton while the former was the governor of Arkansas, an investigation known as the "Whitewater controversy." Later, the inquiry was expanded to include several other topics, such as Clinton's adulterous liaison with intern Monica Lewinsky, 24, and the enigmatic passing of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster, who was subsequently determined to have committed suicide in Virginia's Fort Marcy Park.


The 'Starr Report,' which was released in September 1998 and detailed a total of 11 impeachable offenses by Clinton, including perjury, abuse of power, witness tampering, and obstruction of justice, all related to the Lewinsky affair and the president's actions during the scandal, was the result of those investigations.


The report's accusations led to Clinton's impeachment in 1998, however, lawmakers finally decided to just file two articles for perjury and obstruction of justice. After a Senate trial, the president was later found not guilty on both counts, therefore he was not removed from office.


In a tweet regarding the lawyer's passing, Lewinsky expressed her thoughts: "My thoughts about Ken Starr bring up difficult feelings... What's more significant, though, is that I assume his loved ones are grieving a terrible loss.


Later in life, after assisting former President Donald Trump's defense team during his impeachment trial in 2020, Starr gained notoriety when he was charged with abuse of power and obstruction of Congress after allegedly pressuring Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky into launching a false investigation into Trump's then-electoral rival, Joe Biden. Trump, however, was cleared by the Senate and served out his term, unlike Clinton, despite a second, equally futile attempt to remove him from office in 2021.


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