Ken Starr Passes
Attorney and former Clinton investigator Ken Starr passed away recently. Ken Starr blessed IFA over the years with resources and interviews.
From Fox News. Ken Starr, a noted attorney who helped impeach one president and defended another from the same fate, died Tuesday at the age of 76.
Starr died in Houston of complications from surgery, a statement released by his family said.
“My beloved, brilliant, kind, and loving husband has gone to be with his Savior after 17 weeks in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston due to complications from surgery,” Starr’s wife of 52 years, Alice Starr, said in a separate statement. “Ken was so very courageous, he never complained and he continually expressed gratitude to all his nurses and doctors for their care.”
“Ken was a truly gifted speaker, writer and leader and worked prodigiously as one of the country’s top appellate attorneys,” she added. “Yet he was always humble, gracious and loving. His integrity and judicious temperament were greatly admired by those who worked with him.”
Starr, a venerated lawyer and Republican operative, was best known for his role as the independent counsel in the Whitewater affair. Appointed in 1994 to probe a shadowy land deal involving President Bill Clinton’s tenure as governor of Arkansas, Starr widely expanded the probe.
The investigation snowballed from Clinton’s involvement in the failed real estate venture to misconduct in the White House travel office, the unauthorized obtaining of FBI personnel files by senior administration staffers, and finally the president’s affair with an intern named Monica Lewinsky.
Starr often told reporters and pundits that he was compelled to take the Whitewater appointment because of principle.
“Truth is a bedrock concept in morality and law,” he often said.
Born in Vernon Texas in 1946, Starr was the son of a Congregationalist minister and grew up in San Antonio. He excelled at school, eventually graduating with a bachelor’s degree in history from George Washington University in 1968.
Starr earned a master’s degree from Brown University the year after. In the early 1970s, he attended Duke University Law School, where he edited the institution’s law journal.
After graduating from Duke Law in 1973, Starr clerked for a federal appellate court judge. The experience led to a two-year clerkship with Supreme Court Justice Warren Burger between 1975 and 1977.
The experience helped land Starr a Justice Department job in 1981 when President Ronald Reagan swept into office. Starr excelled in the role, serving as an aide to the attorney general.
In 1983 at the age of 37, Starr was nominated by Reagan to serve on the United States District Court of Appeals. Starr served as a judge until 1989 when he was appointed to serve as solicitor general by President George H.W. Bush. …
After Bush lost re-election in 1992 to Clinton, Starr ventured into private practice, joining the firm of Kirkland & Ellis. Starr was at the firm when a special three-judge panel appointed him to oversee the Whitewater affair in August 1994.
He zealously pursued charges against Clinton during the White House sex scandal. …
After his stint overseeing the Whitewater probe, Starr returned to private practice. In his later years, he served as a high-profile appellate lawyer in front of the Supreme Court, arguing several cases successfully. …
In 2020, Starr was tapped as a defense attorney for President Donald Trump’s first impeachment trial. The move brought the former investigative counsel full circle. …
Starr leaves behind his wife, Alice Mendell Starr, three children and nine grandchildren, his family said. He will be buried at the Texas State Cemetery in Austin.
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(Excerpt from Fox News. Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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