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Baylor’s tarnished president closing in on Trump post

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Ken Starr the disgraced ex-president of Baylor University is being considered for a post in the Trump administration, a report said Thursday night.

The 70-year-old Texan is currently a front-runner to lead the Office of International Religious Freedom, according to Foreign Policy.

If chosen for the ambassador-at-large job, Starr would ultimately be in charge of promoting freedom of religion and keeping tabs on religious persecution across the globe.

Its my understanding that its his job if he wants it, a source told Foreign Policy.

Before Baylor, Starr was best known for investigating President Clintons sexual exploits in the 1990s. He didnt begin focusing on religious freedom issues considered to be one of his abiding passions until his time as president from 2010 to 2016, the magazine reports.

Hes been very, very strong on the issue, Frank Wolf, a former Republican congressman and religious freedom advocate, told FP.

Starr, a former judge and lawyer, was ousted by Baylor in 2016 amid the schools infamous sexual assault scandal. He had been accused of severely mishandling the situation, which was brought to the schools attention in 2015 after a pair of football players were convicted.

A law firm that Baylor hired later found a slew of problems with how the university was responding to sexual violence on campus. Among them was a failure to properly investigate complaints and displays or actions that could be perceived as victim-blaming, according to The Dallas Morning News.

At least 125 reports of sexual assault or harassment have been filed since 2011 and more than 30 football players have been accused of committing at least 52 acts of rape, the newspaper reports.

After parting ways withBaylor, Starr told the schools student newspaper that he had been using his free time to focus on education and religious freedom.

Im working very hard around the globe on issues of religious liberty for all persons, he explained.