Irony: Ken Starr Joins Trump’s Impeachment Defense Team
President Donald Trump’s impeachment defense team will include Ken Starr, whose investigation led to the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, and Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, whose clients have included Jeffrey Epstein and O.J. Simpson, according to CNBC.
Trump’s impeachment trial is set to begin next Tuesday in the Senate, where the Republican president is accused of abusing power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate his political opponent, Joe Biden, last summer while withholding military aid to the country.
“The president asked me to do this, and the legal team asked me to do this,” Dershowitz said Friday in an interview with CNBC.
Dershowitz will be presenting oral arguments in the Senate “to address the constitutional arguments against impeachment and removal.” He also made it clear that although he opposed Clinton’s impeachment and voted for Hillary Clinton against Trump in 2016, “he is participating in this impeachment trial to defend the integrity of a dangerous constitutional precedent.”
The Harvard law professor previously worked for the late, accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in a Manhattan jail last August while awaiting trial on federal charges.
Starr, a former federal appeals court judge, oversaw the investigation of Bill Clinton from 1994 through 1998. His findings that Clinton had lied under oath in denying a sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to Clinton’s impeachment by the Republican-led House in late 1998.
Starr also represented Epstein in the mid-2000s when the wealthy investor was under investigation for sexual misconduct with young women and girls.
Robert Ray, who succeeded Starr as independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation of Clinton, as well as former Florida attorney general Pam Bondi, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, and Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow, will join Trump’s impeachment defense team.