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Trump makes Starr hire for impeachment defence

2020-01-18 HKT 03:42
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  • Ken Starr will be part of Trump's defence team. Photo: AP
    Ken Starr will be part of Trump's defence team. Photo: AP
Ken Starr, who was at the center of Bill Clinton's impeachment in the 1990s, and America's biggest celebrity lawyer Alan Dershowitz were announced on Friday to be joining US President Donald Trump's Senate impeachment defence.

The administration has yet to unveil the full team but confirmed that White House counsel Pat Cipollone will be lead lawyer, backed by Trump's personal attorney Jay Sekulow.

Cipollone is the author of the Republican president's uncompromising strategy to stonewall the Democrats' impeachment investigation, calling it "partisan and unconstitutional."

But where Cipollone is ultra-discreet, and rarely speaks on the record, Dershowitz and Starr will bring the legal world's equivalent of rock stardom when the trial begins in earnest on Tuesday.

US media reports said Starr, the special prosecutor in the 1998 Clinton impeachment saga, was joining. He is a hero to many on the right, even if Clinton was ultimately acquitted in the Senate.

And in a statement on his Twitter feed on Friday, Dershowitz said he would "present oral arguments at the Senate trial to address the constitutional arguments against impeachment and removal".

His past clients include disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who killed himself in his New York jail cell last August, and other wealthy men embroiled in notorious rape cases – film director Roman Polanski and former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson. (AFP)