Decide Merrick Garland, President Biden’s choose for lawyer basic, acquired glowing remarks from one of many Republican witnesses at his Senate affirmation listening to Tuesday: former Clinton particular prosecutor Kenneth Starr.
Starr, one of many 5 witnesses testifying earlier than the Senate Judiciary Committee about Garland, sang the praises of the DC circuit court docket choose whereas acknowledging the difficulties of the job.
“I’d wish to focus very briefly on management and the common respect that the choose garnered throughout his years as chief choose of the DC Circuit,” the prosecutor-turned-Fox Information contributor mentioned.
“He was not solely considered, as he’s, as an outstanding jurist, however he was an outstanding chief of the court docket. A frontrunner who listened rigorously to his colleagues and who handled all individuals within the court docket household with dignity and respect.”
Whereas discussing the challenges that face an lawyer basic, Starr famous that Garland might want to make powerful calls on powerful points.
“It’s a tough job. Controversy – at occasions fairly bitter – goes with the territory,” he mentioned.
Starr has lengthy been a supporter of Garland.
When then-President Barack Obama nominated Garland to the nation’s highest bench following the dying of Supreme Court docket Justice Antonin Scalia, Starr, a retired choose himself, praised the choose and urged Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to deliver his nomination to a vote.
“Chief Decide Garland is a superb jurist who believes in and upholds the rule of legislation undergirding our constitutional republic. I’ve identified him nicely for a few years. He’s beautifully certified to serve on our nation’s highest court docket.”
“Good authorities requires us to have a listening to and vote up or down,” Starr mentioned whereas talking at Baylor College on the time, whereas was serving as president of the establishment.
Starr was invited to testify earlier than the committee by the Republicans.
He served within the George H.W. Bush administration as solicitor basic, however grew to become greatest identified for his work as an unbiased counsel on the Whitewater investigation into then-President Clinton.
Starr’s work finally uncovered Clinton’s affair with intern Monica Lewinsky, which led to his impeachment within the Home.