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Starr Denies Clinton Vendetta

September 28, 1999

LONDON (AP) _ Prosecutor Kenneth Starr denied Tuesday that his five-year, $40 million investigation of President Clinton was a crusade motivated by a vendetta.

``The appearance grew that I was personally on a vendetta against the president of the United States. Not so. I am a law officer who has served in various legal positions for many years,″ said Starr, speaking to an audience of about 500 at the University of London.

Signing autographs afterward, Starr denied he plans to retire soon, but told a group of university students that when his life story is told in film, he’d like Robert Duvall to portray him.

Starr’s investigation of Clinton’s affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky led to the president’s impeachment by the House of Representatives and his acquittal by the Senate.

Starr described his investigation into the president’s sex life as ``a wretched experience for us all″ and said he regretted being portrayed as a ``prosecutor on a zealous mission.″

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