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- Ken Starr died in a Houston hospital from surgery complications. The Clintons didn’t kill him.
The man who led investigations into the Clinton administration died Sept. 13, stirring up a longtime and unfounded conspiracy theory.
Ken Starr was the U.S. solicitor general whose investigations led to former President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.
Starr’s death at age 76 quickly became fodder for folks who continue to promote the false conspiracy theory that Bill Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton kill off their political enemies.
"@BillClinton @HillayClinton finally got him!" read one tweet, misspelling Hillary Clinton’s Twitter handle. "At least they didn’t go with suicide this time!"
Starr, a former federal appellate judge, attorney, and solicitor general for President George H.W. Bush, drew national headlines in the late 1990s for his investigation into Whitewater, an Arkansas land development venture involving the Clintons. His work led him to uncover of Bill Clinton’s affair with then-White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
As The New York Times reported, Starr’s investigation found that Bill Clinton had tried to cover up the Lewinsky affair during an unrelated sexual harassment lawsuit and forced the former president to acknowledge he had lied under oath. In a 445-page report delivered to Congress in September 1998, Starr detailed 11 possible grounds for impeaching Clinton, including abuse of power, obstruction of justice and perjury.
The House of Representatives impeached Bill Clinton in December 1998, but the Senate acquitted him and he finished his second presidential term.
Despite this history, the Clintons didn’t kill Starr.
He died from complications from a surgery at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center in Houston, his family said in a statement.
Mark Lanier, an attorney who worked with Starr, said Starr had been hospitalized in an intensive care unit for about four months and that he died at the hospital, Politico reported.
Starr’s wife, Alice, said in a text message to friends and supporters that "Ken was so very courageous, he never complained, and he continually expressed gratitude to all his nurses and doctors for their care," according to the Waco Tribune-Herald.
We rate claims that the Clintons killed him Pants on Fire!
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The Washington Post, Kenneth Starr, who led Whitewater probes into Clinton, dies at 76, Sept. 13, 2022
PolitiFact, No, the Clintons aren’t responsible for more deaths than the coronavirus, March 16, 2020
Texas Tribune, Ken Starr, former Baylor president and Clinton investigator, dies at 76, Sept. 13, 2022
Politico, Kenneth Starr, whose probe led to Clinton impeachment, dies, Sept. 13, 2022
Waco Tribune-Herald, Ken Starr, former Whitewater counsel and Baylor president, dies at 76, dies, Sept. 13, 2022
NPR, Ken Starr, the independent counsel who investigated Clinton, has died at 76, Sept. 13, 2022
The New York Times, Ken Starr, independent counsel in Clinton investigation, dies at 76, Sept. 13, 2022
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