Tuesday, October 19, 1999 Published at 08:48 GMT 09:48 UK
Starr hands over Clinton probe
Robert Ray and his wife, Kristen after swearing in
A new independent counsel has been appointed to replace Kenneth Starr, the US prosecutor whose inquiry into the Monica Lewinsky affair led to the impeachment of President Clinton.
Mr Ray promised to finish the five-year, $40m investigation in a "prompt, responsible and cost-effective manner".
He must decide whether to bring additional prosecutions and must write a final report on the wide-ranging investigation that began with Bill and Hillary Clinton's failed Whitewater land deal but then expanded to take in other White House controversies including alleged presidential perjury and obstruction in the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
Mr Clinton survived the vote in the Senate with strong Democrat support.
The contents of the final report could cause problems for Mrs Clinton if she decides to run for the Senate from New York.
Mr Ray, a career prosecutor, was a registed Democrat until January 1998, but is now registered as an unaffiliated voter. He has, in recent years, made donations in support of Republicans.
Mr Starr's investigation lost much public support in the face of strong criticism from White House supporters.
He has resigned to return to private legal practice.