Ken Starr, who led investigation that resulted in Bill Clinton's impeachment, dies

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WASHINGTON, DC - Former Independent Counsel Ken Starr answers questions during a discussion held at the American Enterprise Institute September 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. It was reported that Ken Starr, a former federal judge who led the investigation against former President Bill Clinton during the 1990s Whitewater probe, has died at 76 due to complications from surgery. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images) ORG XMIT: 775229480 ORIG FILE ID: 1035665286

WASHINGTON – Ken Starr, a former federal appellate judge and a prominent attorney whose criminal investigation of Bill Clinton led to the president’s impeachment, died Tuesday at age 76, his family said.

In 2020, he was recruited to the legal team representing President Donald Trump in the nation’s third presidential impeachment trial.

For many years, Starr’s stellar reputation as a lawyer seemed to place him on a path to the Supreme Court. At age 37, he became the youngest person ever to serve on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where Chief Justice John Roberts and justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia also had served. From 1989-93, Starr was the solicitor general in the administration of President George H.W. Bush, arguing 25 cases before the Supreme Court.

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