Death of former prosecutor Kenneth Starr, Clinton's pet peeve in the Lewinsky case

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Ex-prosecutor Kenneth Starr dies, Clinton's nemesis in Lewinsky case

Kenneth Starr continued to practice law, in addition to teaching at the university, in particular (archives).

Former prosecutor Kenneth Starr, who had led the Accusation against Democratic President Bill Clinton in the Monica Lewinsky case, died Tuesday at age 76, his family announced.

The lawyer, who briefly defended Donald Trump in another impeachment trial, died in a Houston hospital due to complications following surgery, his relatives said in a statement.

Kenneth Starr gained worldwide notoriety in the late 1990s by investigating, as an independent prosecutor, Bill Clinton's affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

His pugnacity against the president, whom he had forced to publicly unpack his sexual escapades, had not been enough to bring him down: Bill Clinton had been acquitted by the Senate in 1999.

Kenneth Starr, who has never hidden his Republican sympathies, also participated in the defense of Donald Trump during his first impeachment trial in 2020.

Accused of x27;Having conditioned military aid to Ukraine on the opening of an investigation into the son of his rival Joe Biden by the authorities of this country, the Republican president had been acquitted thanks to the support of the senators of his party.

On Tuesday, their leader Mitch McConnell said he was saddened by the death of his friend. Kenneth Starr was a brilliant lawyer, an impressive leader and a dedicated patriot, the senator added in a statement.

Born in Vernon, Texas on July 21, 1946, this hardworking was deeply marked by his father, a Protestant preacher of the Church of Christ.

Claiming to never consume alcohol or tobacco, a fervent follower of family values, this father of three children, according to the American media, sang hymns while running.

Brilliant jurist , he was 37 the youngest of the judges of the Federal Court of Appeals in Washington, one of the most influential in the country.

He was then appointed by President George Bush to provide federal advocacy before the Supreme Court and had entrenched his conservative service record.

Appointed on August 5, 1994, independent prosecutor in the Whitewater affair, a political and financial imbroglio around a fraudulent bankruptcy in Arkansas at the time of Governor Bill Clinton, Kenneth Starr ;was launched on a veritable crusade against the new president.

His investigation had drifted towards the extra-marital relations of the tenant of the White House and led to his indictment for perjury in the House of Representatives. Accused of having lied under oath about the nature of his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, the Democrat was forced to make a public confession.

The impeachment trial, however, sparked the uneasiness in a large part of the American population, which had criticized Kenneth Starr for behaving like an inquisitor.

My feelings towards Ken Starr are complicated, but most importantly, it&#x27 ;is the pain of his loved ones, tweeted on Tuesday Monica Lewinsky, who had accused him in the past of having chased and terrorized her.

After the acquittal of Bill Clinton, Kenneth Starr had worked as a lawyer, professor, university president or commentator on the conservative channel Fox News.

In 2016, he was dismissed from his position as president of Baylor University, a large private Baptist university in Texas, for failing to take necessary action against athletes of the establishment's American football team charged with sexual assault.

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