Ken Starr: Garland a 'very wise choice'

Ken Starr, who headed the probe that led to Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonKentucky candidate takes heat for tweeting he'd like to use congressman for target practice Will Sessions let other 'McCabes' off the hook or restore faith in justice? Progressive group launches anti-Trump 'We the Constitution' campaign MORE's 1998 impeachment, is praising President Obama's nominee to the Supreme Court as a "very wise choice."

“Chief Judge (Merrick) Garland is a brilliant jurist who believes in and upholds the rule of law undergirding our constitutional republic," Starr said in a statement. "I have known him well for many years. He is superbly qualified to serve on our nation’s highest court.”

Starr was U.S. solicitor general from 1989 to 1993 under President George H.W. Bush.

But he is best known as the special prosecutor heading several investigations into President Bill Clinton's administration in the 1990s. Starr's work uncovered the president's affair with intern Monica Lewinsky, leading to Clinton's impeachment trial.

Starr argued 36 cases before the Supreme Court, including 25 cases as solicitor general. He also served as United States Circuit Judge for the District of Columbia Circuit from 1983 to 1989 under a nomination by Ronald Reagan.

He has been the president of Baylor University since 2010.