Washington – Ex President Bill Clinton addressed the death of former prosecutor Ken Starr on Sunday in an awkward reaction when asked to comment on the death of the ex-federal prosecutor who successfully pushed for his 1999 impeachment trial.
Starr died on 13 September at the age of 76 following what his family described as a long illness. The attorney was known for leading the investigation into Whitewater and Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky.
CNN’s Fareed Zakaria told former U.S. President Bill Clinton that Starr “never filed a charge on Whitewater but put your presidency, your second term, upside down.” Fareed Zakaria also asked, “Do you have any thoughts? Any reflection?”
Mr. Clinton said – “Well, I read the obituary, and I realized that his family loved him, And I think that’s something to be grateful for, and when your life is over, that’s all there is to say. But I was taught not to talk about the people that — I have nothing to say.”
Mr. Clinton’s diplomatic response echoed that of another central player in the drama which led to his becoming the first US president to face trial in the Senate in more than a century.
The former White House intern, Lewinsky, whose liaisons with Clinton became known during his presidency, offered her own opinion to Starr’s death last week hours after it was announced in a Twitter post.
“As I’m sure many can understand, my thoughts about Ken Starr bring up complicated feelings,” Lewinsky wrote. “But of more importance, is that I imagine it’s a painful loss for those who love him.”
Lewinsky later became the executive producer of the 2021 HBO Max documentary “15 Minutes of Shame,” which investigated America’s culture of public shaming. She also served as a producer for “American Crime Story: Impeachment” on FX, which highlighted her relationship with the former president.
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