Ken Starr, whose probe of Clintons exposed Lewinsky affair, 76
Category: News & PoliticsVia: vic-eldred • 2 weeks ago • 13 comments
By: Emily Crane (New York Post)
Ken Starr, a former federal judge whose investigation of Bill and Hillary Clinton's Whitewater scandal uncovered the 42nd president's affair with Monica Lewinsky and led to the second impeachment of a president in American history, died Tuesday at a Houston hospital.
Starr, a former US solicitor general during the George H.W. Bush administration, was 76. He died of complications from surgery, a spokeswoman said.
"We are deeply saddened with the loss of our dear and loving father and grandfather, whom we admired for his prodigious work ethic, but who always put his family first," his son Randall said in a statement.
"The love, energy, endearing sense of humor, and fun-loving interest dad exhibited to each of us was truly special, and we cherish the many wonderful memories we were able to experience with him."
Starr was nominated by President Ronald Reagan to a seat on the DC Circuit Court of Appeals in 1983. He served in that post for nearly six years before resigning to become solicitor general, with current Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts as his prinicpal deputy.
Bush reportedly considered Starr for the Supreme Court nomination that ultimately went to David Souter.
Ken Starr died in Houston, Texas on Tuesday. He was 76.Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images
In 1994, a special three-judge panel of the DC Circuit tapped Starr to investigate Whitewater, a complex probe of real estate investments by the Clintons that expanded to take in the president's affair with Lewinsky.
Starr graphically documented Bill Clinton's illicit encounters with the then-White House intern in the Starr report, which came out in the summer of 1998. The Republican-controlled House quickly impeached Clinton on articles of perjury and obstruction of justice in connection with the affair. Clinton was acquitted by the Senate in 1999.
Starr is survived by his wife of 52 years, Alice Mendell Starr, his three children and nine grandchildren.
This story is developing.