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Clinton prosecutor Ken Starr to defend Trump

Part of President Trump’s defense team: from left: Pam Bondi, Alan Dershowitz, and Kenneth Starr PHOTO: ASSOCIATED PRESS (2); ZUMA PRESS

US President Donald Trump’s defence team in his Senate trial will include special prosecutors from President Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

He will be represented by Ken Starr and Robert Ray, who investigated Mr Clinton, and Alan Dershowitz, whose past clients include OJ Simpson.

According to the BBC, white House counsel Pat Cipollone and Mr Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow will lead the team.

The Opening statements in the Senate trial are expected next week.

Mr Starr was the US Department of Justice independent counsel who investigated the Whitewater affair, a scandal-plagued mid-1980s land venture in Arkansas involving Bill and Hillary Clinton.

The inquiry ultimately uncovered unrelated evidence that Mr Clinton had been having an affair with a White House intern, Monica Lewinsky.

Mr Dershowitz is a retired Harvard University law professor and constitutional law expert whose past celebrity clients have also included boxer, Mike Tyson.

He told CBS News, the BBC’s US partner, that he had spoken with the president on Wednesday about the impeachment case.

Hamza Alkali

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