At least three people are being considered by President Donald Trump to fill the role of ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom, a position that could gain more prominence as the new administration aims to prioritize aid for persecuted religious minorities.
As over 700 religious freedom advocates have called on Trump to nominate someone to fulfill the Congressionally mandated position that went unfulfilled in the first 845 days of the Obama presidency, Foreign Policy reports that unnamed officials have disclosed the names of three prominent religious freedom advocates who are said to be in consideration for the job.
According to an unnamed individual familiar with the appointment process who spoke with Foreign Policy, the frontrunner for the position is said to be Ken Starr, a former federal judge, U.S. solicitor general and the man who prosecuted former President Bill Clinton on allegations that he lied during a sworn deposition about his extramarital affair with intern Monica Lewinsky.
“It’s my understanding that it’s his job if he wants it,” an individual familiar with the process told FP.
Starr, the 70-year-old former president and chancellor of Baylor University in Texas, a Southern Baptist school, has also been in the headlines for some unpleasant reasons. Baylor’s football program became wrapped in a major national media firestorm after allegations came out last year that Starr and other Baylor officials ignored allegations that women were raped by the team players.
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