Ken Starr, the 1990s independent attorney who investigated President Clinton, died this week in Houston at the age of 76, and the story to understand is that what Democrats blame him for is finally Mr. Clinton. Starr was a formidable lawyer: an appellate judge, an American solicitor general, a credible candidate for a seat on the Supreme Court.
In 1994, he unsuccessfully accepted the position of independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation into the Clinton real estate transactions. The same year, Paula Jones sued Mr. Clinton for sexual harassment. Possibly a judicial panel and the Attorney General Janet Reno agreed to extend Starr’s assignments. “I was instructed to do a job by the Attorney General,” he said in 1998, “and that was to find out if any crimes were committed in this sexual harassment trial.”