Ken Starr has been making life difficult for Democrats for over 20 years and he is not stopping now. President Trump has hired Ken Starr along with a full team of lawyers to represent him in the Impeachment trial in the Senate.
Trump has also brought in Harvard Scholar Alan Dershowitz along with former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
Can you imagine Adam Schiff or Jerry Nadler having to defend themselves against such an all star team of lawyers? We will not have to imagine long because we will see it.
- President Trump’s impeachment defense team will include Ken Starr, whose investigation led to President Bill Clinton’s impeachment, as well as Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz, former Whitewater prosecutor Robert Ray, and ex-Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi.
- Trump is accused of abusing power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden, a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination.
The Honourable Kenneth W. Starr , former Independent Counsel (L) and U.S. Solicitor General and Attorney Alan Dershowitz.Getty Images
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 notorious pedophile Jeffrey Epstein and O.J. Simpson.
The Trump team choices came to light just four days before his impeachment trial is set to begin in earnest in the Senate, where the Republican president is accused of abusing power by pressuring Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden last summer while withholding military aid to that nation.
In addition to Starr and Dershowitz, the lawyer Robert Ray is expected to be on Trump’s impeachment trial defense team. Ray succeeded Starr as independent counsel in the Whitewater investigation of Clinton.
Another lawyer on the team will be former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, CNBC has learned.
White House Counsel Pat Cipollone and Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow are heading the impeachment defense team.
“The president asked me to do this, and the legal team asked me to do this,” Dershowitz said Friday morning in an interview with CNBC.
Dershowitz said he will be presenting oral arguments in the Senate “to address the constitutional arguments against impeachment and removal.”
He also said 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.”Pam Bondi, former Florida attorney general.Zach Gibson | Bloomberg | Getty Images
Dershowitz is a renowned appellate lawyer whose high-profile cases have included that of Claus von Bulow, the socialite whose conviction for trying to kill his wife Sunny was overturned through Dershowitz’s efforts, as detailed in the movie “Reversal of Fortune.”
More recently, Dershowitz has been known for his defense of Trump on television, as well as his past work for Epstein, the accused child sex trafficker who killed himself in a Manhattan jail last August while awaiting trial on federal charges filed in New York City.
Starr also had represented Epstein when that wealthy investor was under investigation in the mid-2000s by federal and state authorities in Florida for sexual misconduct with young women and girls.
Epstein, a former friend of both Trump and Bill Clinton, avoided federal prosecution in that earlier investigation, but pleaded guilty to state charges that included paying for sex with a minor. He served 13 months in jail, although he was allowed out for many hours each day on work release.
Starr, a former federal appeals court judge, oversaw the wide-ranging Whitewater investigation of Bill Clinton from 1994 through 1998.
Starr’s findings that Clinton had lied under oath by denying a sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to Clinton’s impeachment by the Republican-led House in late 1998. Clinton was acquitted after a trial in the Senate.
On Friday morning, shortly after news about Starr joining Trump’s legal team broke, Lewinsky wrote in a Twitter post: “this is definitely an ‘are you f—ing kidding me?’ kinda day.”
More recently, Starr lost his job as president of Baylor University, and soon after quit as chancellor and law professor there, after claims that the Texas schoolhad grossly botched its handling of cases where female students said they were raped and otherwise sexually abused.
Starr’s wife declined to comment when contacted by CNBC.
Ray, in a text message to CNBC, said, “You can confirm that I expect an announcement this afternoon.”
Bondi for the past several months has work in the Trump adminstration on messaging about impeachment.