Who was Ken Starr?
Ken Starr was an American lawyer who served as a United States circuit judge and 39th solicitor general of the United States. He is best known for leading the Whitewater controversy investigation, which spanned from 1994 to 1998 and centered on the officials of President Clinton’s administration.
Ken Starr Political Affiliation
Starr was a member of the Republican Party. Surprisingly, he was a member of the Democratic Party before 1975.
Ken Starr Wife
Starr was married to his loving wife, Alice Mendell. They married in 1970 and they were together in marriage for a record 52 years. Ken and his wife have three children together namely; Cynthia Starr, Carolyn Doolittle and Randy Starr.
Ken Starr Cause of Death
Starr died on September 13, 2022 at the age of 76. His family said that he died at a hospital in Houston, Texas as a result of complications from surgery.
Ken Starr White Water Controversy
The Whitewater scandal caused political unrest in the United States in the 1990’s. It all started with a probe into Bill and Hillary Clinton and their friends Jim and Susan McDougal’s property holdings in the Whitewater Development Corporation.
The goal of this failed business project which was started in 1979 was to build vacation homes on land along the White River close to Flippin, Arkansas.
Since there was insufficient evidence linking Bill and Hillary Clinton to the criminal activity of others linked to the land sale, neither of them was ever charged with any crime.
Republican Kenneth Starr, the Independent Counsel for the Whitewater scandal, handled the case. Banker David Hale served as the president’s main accuser in Starr’s Whitewater probe.
David stated in November 1992 that Clinton, then the governor of Arkansas, had put pressure on him to give Susan McDougal, the Clintons’ partner in the Whitewater venture, an unauthorized loan of $300,000.
In the fall of 1997, Starr wrote a recommendation for impeachment to the House of Representatives, claiming there was “clear and convincing evidence” that Bill Clinton had lied about David’s accusations.
Ken Starr Report
The Starr Report, which looked into alleged crimes related to the Lewinsky crisis and allegedly committed by President Clinton, was published in September 1998 by Independent Counsel Starr.
The subject of Whitewater was briefly mentioned in the report; that Webster Hubbell had benefited financially from the efforts of Clinton friend and advisor Vernon Jordan, Clinton aide Bruce Lindsey, and Clinton chief of staff Mack McLarty by receiving “no-show” consulting contracts while being forced to cooperate with the Whitewater investigations.
In fact, Starr took on the Lewinsky inquiry as part of the Whitewater Independent Counsel mandate on this grounds.
Following the publication of the Starr report on the Foster case and Starr’s leave and return to the case, there was a great deal of anger from the Clintons’ most ardent critics.
Many conspiracy theories had been developed in response to Foster’s demise. Most of these rumors were stoked by Christopher Ruddy, a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writer for Richard Mellon Scaife and later CEO of Newsmax, who asserted that Starr had not investigated this topic thoroughly enough.
Ken Starr Books
– Starr Report
– Contempt: A Memoir of the Clinton Investigation
– First Among Equals
– The Starr Evidence