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from The Progressive Review
1992-1998 Part 12
OUR CLINTON SCANDAL
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In May 1992, the Review became the first publication in America to present a comprehensive report on what has now come to be known as the Clinton scandals. Outside of conservative media no other publication has so consistently told this story Back to the Review's home page
One of the curiosities of the current unpleasantness is that many of the
participants seem more interested in talking about what happened in the 18th
century than what occurred during the waning days of the 20th. And not very
well at that. We have, for example, Rep. Jerry Nadler twisting the words of
Benjamin Franklin like a pretzel. We have liberals suddenly becoming strict
constuctionists of original constitutional intent. And this morning, NPR --
which has all the populist instincts of the Harvard Board of Overseers --
treated us to a lecture on how impeachment -- by ignoring the polls --
represents a defeat of democracy against the forces of republicanism.
One problem with all this is that times do, in fact, change. And one of the
biggest changes that has occurred since our revered founders were about their
business has been the rise of the propaganda state. If you regularly lie to the
public or withhold information from it, then polls will reflect not a generic
popular will so much as an index of the public's victimization.
For example, the Zogby polling firm has shown that strong opposition to
impeachment in previous surveys reflects in part the fact that the public
doesn't know what impeachment is. When Zogby asked the question in such a way
that it was clear that impeachment meant indictment and not removal from
office, those opposing impeachment dropped to slightly more than half (52%),
hardly enough to justify all the hue and cry about representative government.
Further, polls concerning Clinton have been dramatically skewed by media
misinformation and censorship. This began as early as the 1992 primaries. The
Gennifer Flowers story, for example, was handled gingerly and sparsely by such
major papers as the New York Times and the Washington Post, neither of which
ran the revealing transcript of the phone tapes between Clinton and Flowers. Within a week, the story virtually disappeared from the mainstream press.
In contrast, the 1980 story about Dan Quayle sharing a Florida cottage with
Paula Parkinson and several other members of Congress was the topic of 11
stories in the New York Times and 16 in the Washington Post all in one week.
During the same period, the major networks ran 13 stories.
When John Tower was nominated to be Secretary of Defense, the networks ran 32
stories concerning Towers's alleged sexual improprieties. The Washington Post
ran a story by Bob Woodward that accused Tower of having "appeared to be drunk"
during two visits to a Texas Air Force base and having fondled two women. The
source for this story was a former Air Force sergeant, who was presumably more
reliable than, say, a former cabaret singer.
During the 9 days before the Senate voted to confirm Clarence Thomas, the
networks ran 99 stories about Anita Hill's allegations, the New York Times ran
63 and the Post 61.
In the case of Flowers, neither the Post nor the Times let their influential
readers know that on the tapes Clinton had not only linked Mario Cuomo to the
Mafia, but referred to Dukakis as that "little Greek motherfucker" and joked
about Ted Kennedy not being able to "get a whore across a bridge." Obviously such difference in media treatment affected the public reaction towards Thomas and Clinton.
The pattern has continued throughout the Clinton administration until we come
to impeachment with much of the public unaware of the criminality, violence,
and betrayal of trust that has been endemic in the Clinton saga. If one doesn't
know, for example, that two score friends, associates and firms close to
Clinton have been convicted of felonies, or if one doesn't know about the
threats, Clinton's links to organized crime and the drug trade, and the massive
abuse of FBI files, it is hard to come to a reasoned judgement about the man.
Polls don't change facts but the facts people have given can certainly change
polls. In this case, the media, to borrow a phrase, badly misled the American
public and we have paid the price.
WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?
Meanwhile, the level of liberal discourse continues to decline. Alec Baldwin,
on the Conan O'Brien show, suggested that viewers "stone Henry Hyde to death."
At a New York gathering of his decadent ilk, Blanche Wiesen Cook called
impeachment supporters "filthy mean-minded swiny people." Toni Morrison
described them as a "an arrogant theocracy genuflecting at the knees of a
minority. . . as sinister as [they are] toxic."
At the same gathering Episcopal Bishop Paul Moore even worried about the
"thousands, perhaps millions, of people whose lives will be in jeopardy" if
Clinton were to be impeached. Does he really think Al Gore is that terrible?
Here in Washington Betty Friedan declared those opposed to Clinton "a bunch of
dirty old white men." And she asked, "Even if he did what he's alleged to have
done, what's the big deal?"
Friedan is apparently unaware of -- or has forgotten -- a few things such as:
* The death threats against Gennifer Flowers
* The threats against another Clinton lover, Sally Perdue, including a visit
from an operative who told her, "there were people in high places who were
anxious about me and they wanted me to know that keeping my mouth shut would be
worthwhile. . . If I was a good little girl, and didn't kill the messenger; I'd
be set for life: a federal job, nothing fancy but a regular paycheck. . . I'd
never have to worry again. But if I didn't take the offer, then they knew that
I went jogging by myself and he couldn't guarantee what would happen to my
'pretty little legs.' "
* The use of private investigators to investigate, bribe and/or intimidate
Clinton's former paramours. According to Dick Morris, the 1992 campaign spent
$100,000 for "blackmailing information, basically."
* The constant public trashing of women in Clinton's life by both White Houses
sources and the media. For example, Newsweek's Even Thomas called Paula Jones a
"sleazy woman with big hair who came out of a trailer park." She later won a
$850,000 settlement with Clinton.
* Kathleen Willey had the tires on her car mysteriously punctured with dozens
of nails and her cat suddenly disappeared. Subsequently, Willey was out jogging
near her home when a stranger approached and asked if the tires had been fixed
and if the cat had been found. The man then asked Willey, "Don't you get the
message?" and jogged off. Willey also found an animal skull on her porch the
day after she testified in the Paula Jones case. The Willey incidents are
currently under criminal investigation by the special prosecutor.
* Linda Tripp was considered in enough danger that FBI agents put her in a safe
house after she revealed her conversations with Monica Lewinsky. One reason may
have been Tripp's being left some papers by Lewinsky with a note indicating
that they were for her information. In the papers: a list of persons around
Clinton who had died under mysterious circumstances.
* Although buried by the corporate media, both Lewinsky and her mother
expressed concerns for Monica's own physical safety.
All that, Ms. Friedan, is a very big deal.
JUST A QUESTION
Since bombing Iraq has become a national pastime, why does it get as big headlines as the impeachment of the president, which has only happened once before?
JUST A THOUGHT
If a little attack on Iraq can produce a delay in the impeachment vote, just think what a little terrorist act might do.
NEW WAG THE DOG
From the 12/17 Washington Times: "The White House notified the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Sunday that President Clinton would order air strikes this week, 48 hours before he saw a United Nations report declaring Iraq in noncompliance with weapons inspectors, it was learned from authoritative sources last night. ~ A senior congressional source, who asked not to be named, said senior Pentagon officers expressed great skepticism to him about the raids. This source said that the White House eagerness to launch air strikes grew with intensity as a parade of centrist Republicans announced they would vote to impeach the president, in a vote originally scheduled for today."
OLD WAG THE DOG
Compiled by Washington Times
- Election eve 1996: US jets fire on Iraqi radar sites
- January 26, 1998: President goes on TV to deny Lewinsky affair; sends top officials on tour to build support for attack on Iraq. Warns Hussein not to "defy the will of the world."
- June 30, 1998: Judge Suzan Webber Wright orders unsealing of Clinton's Jones case deposition; US jets fire on Iraqi radar sites.
- August 20, 1998: Monica Lewinsky appears before grand jury; Clinton attacks alleged terrorist centers in Sudan and Afghanistan.
- November 13, 1998: Clinton settles Paula Jones suit for $850,000; Clinton orders, then aborts, massive missile attack on Iraq.
- Impeachment eve 1998: Clinton launches massive missile attack on Iraq.
HOUSE DELAYS VOTE;
CLINTON KEEPS WORKING
While the House delayed its vote on impeachment because of the Iraq attack, Clinton himself found time to meet with two Republican members of Congress to try to persuade them to vote against impeachment. Remarked Chris Matthews, "The yellow flag is out there and he keeps driving."
TRIPP SAW FBI FILES
LYING AROUND WHITE HOUSE
Linda Tripp has testified in a Judicial Watch deposition that she caw confidential FBI files piled on tables and floors around the White House. Says JW's Larry Klayman, the testimony "puts to rest the lie that Filegate was an innocent mistake." Tripp said the files were in the offices of Vince Foster, Bernard Nussbaum, Williams Kennedy and Craig Livingstone.
AP is reporting that plans to call Kathleen Willey before the impeachment hearings were dropped after Kenneth Starr said that Willey's testimony could jeopardize his grand jury investigation of witness tampering in the Jones case.
That million bucks Abe Hirschfeld once offered to buy off Paula Jones' sexual harassment suit has found another use. It was put up as bail for Hirschfeld, who has been accused of hiring a hit man to murder a business partner.
If this was a just world, Bill Clinton would resign, Al From and the New Democrats would settle a product liability suit for selling defective politics by taking a vow of perpetual silence, the entire Democratic congressional leadership would be arrested for loitering on federal property, and every journalist who told us how wonderful life would be under Clinton would commit themselves to at least 1000 hours of community service. -- The Progressive Review, December 1994
I AIM FOR THE STARRS
BUT SOMETIMES I HIT
Number of Kenneth Starr-like investigations that could have been carried out for the price of the first day's assault on Baghdad by Tomahawk missiles: 7 [Washington Times]
America's most corrupt presidential machine has carved a couple more notches for itself with the guilty plea in a campaign finance case by a Miami computer firm and one of its executives. The firm's chief executive -- like a number of other key Clintonistas -- remains a fugitive and has apparently fled the country. The firm's lawyer says he doesn't "hold much hope that he is coming back."
Found on the Net
When one mentions the word coincidence, he is entering the field of statistics.
Two pivotal events: 1. Monica testifies. 2. House votes on impeachment.
These pivotal events are not related to bombing runs. In the same year as the two pivotal events we have two bombing runs. Sudan-Afghanistan and Iraq.
Odds of one bombing run occurring on a pivotal event day: 91:1
Odds of both bombing runs occurring on pivotal event days: 66,248:1
Odds of one bombing run happening on one of the pivotal days--
The first bombing run would have a chance of 2 in 365 or 2/365 and if it missed the second bombing run would have the same chance of 2 in 365 or 2/365. the two chances add together 2/365 + 2/365 = 4/365. this reduces to 1/91.25 or odds of 91:1.
Odds of both bombing runs happening on the two pivotal days-- The first bombing run has to occur on one of the pivotal days which is a chance of 2 in 365 or 1/182. The second bombing run then has to occur on the remaining pivotal day which is a chance of 1 in 364 or 1/364. It is 364 because the first pivotal day is now out of the picture (n-1). Since the two events depend on each other happening to occur together, they multiply. 1/182 X 1/364 = 1/66,248 or odds of 66,248:1.
FRIENDS OF BILL
Hustler publisher Larry Flynt is taking credit for coming up with the dirt on Robert Livingston and promises more. He told the New York Post, "When our report comes out, Clinton's going to look like Mary Poppins compared to the rest of these guys." Flynt says Hustler found four women who claimed to have had affairs with Livingston over a ten year period.
"We have an audiotape. He's having phone sex with one of the girls, and
it's pretty raunchy," Flynt told The Post. "It's pretty kinky, his activity with these women."
Of course, what Flynt and other Clinton apologists choose to ignore is that the issue is not sex. As Christopher Hitchens point out, if it had been, Clinton would have been impeached on his first day in office. The real roots of Clinton's current problems lie in an attempt by the president to deny Paula Jones her rights under the law by testifying honestly in her law suit. That's a different type of scum, Larry.
From ABC: "Two reporters have told ABC News that a senior White house official peddled a story to them that Hyde once had a girlfriend."
MORE SEX AND VIOLENCE
One of the factors that led some moderate Republicans to vote for impeachment was a review of certain censored material sent to Congress by independent prosecutor Kenneth Starr. Although this material was not made public, it was available to any member of Congress who wished to review it.
Among the censored material was information concerning one of the most explosive stories from Clinton's past -- an alleged 1978 rape during a time when Clinton was attorney general of Arkansas. Although the story has been long known by Clinton investigators, many (including TPR) have shied away from it because, among other things, the alleged victim initially signed an affidavit denying the rape had occurred.
Such affidavits are a peculiarity of the Clinton saga. Clinton has more affidavits denying affairs than most men have had affairs. Further, it has never been clear just how Clinton decides from which of the approximately 75 million women in America who are not his wife he should obtain these affidavits. There has been statements and other indications, however, that some of these documents have been obtained by financial inducement or threat.
For example, Dick Morris has said that the Clinton campaign spent $100,000 in 1992 going after Clinton's women. Gennifer Flowers, Sally Perdue, Elizabeth Ward Gracen, Dolly Kyle Browning, Kathleen Willey has all reported some kind of threatening conduct (including in some cases death threates) aimed at keeping them quiet. Monica Lewinsky indicated fear for her life and Linda Tripp was put in a safe house by the FBI.
Further, men with damaging information about Clinton's affairs have been threatened, beaten and murdered. Larry Nichols, one of the first to pass on information about Clinton's sex life, has received death threats. Gary Johnson, a neighbor of Gennifer Flowers whose security camera filmed Clinton going in and out of Flowers apartment was beaten, left for dead, and had his tapes stolen. Jerry Parks, the chief of security for Clinton's Little Rock headquarters who had gathered a large dossier on Clinton, was shot dead in a mob-type slaying.
In the alleged rape case, the woman -- long known as Jane Doe #5 because of her legal status in the Paula Jones sexual harassment suit -- has recanted her sworn affidavit. According a story last October by Carl Limbacher of the on-line NewsMax, "On Friday, January 2, 1998, ~ Jane Doe #5 signed an affidavit in which she denied that the President made 'unwelcome sexual advances toward me in the late seventies.' (On April 8, 1998, however, Jane Doe #5 stated to OIC investigators that this affidavit was false.)"
More from Limbacher:
"The story that Jane Doe #5, a.k.a. Juanita Broaddrick, no longer denies is the story she told her Arkansas friends years ago: that Bill Clinton, while state attorney general, brutally raped her in a Little Rock hotel room after she had enlisted to work in his first gubernatorial campaign. ~ There were four witnesses who told NBC that Broaddrick had revealed to them years ago that Clinton had brutally raped her in 1978. One was a nurse who told NBC that she tended to Broaddrick after the assault, applying ice to the victim's bruised face and badly swollen lips. It was right after the attack that Broaddrick first revealed the rape, telling the nurse that Clinton had sex with her "against her will."
"On Monday, March 30, the London Telegraph reported that investigators working for Paula Jones had tape-recorded an interview with Broaddrick, where the alleged rape victim revealed that she had suffered "a traumatic encounter" with Bill Clinton that "turned her life upside down" -- causing her to flee from Arkansas to California for a lengthy period. Broaddrick would not go into more detail, said the Telegraph, because she did not want to "relive her ordeal."
Besides the Telegraph, both ABC and NBC had reported pieces of the story but for the most part Jane Doe #5 disappeared from sight. Last fall, however, there was this remarkable exchange from the Hannity & Colmes show last fall. Alan Colmes is speaking to Dick Morris:
Colmes: Dick, tell me about this allegation about another woman coming forward. Could that be the end of Bill Clinton?
Morris: Rape trials are very problematic. It was date rape if it was anything. He didn't jump out of the bushes with a knife. Look at Willie Kennedy Smith. The difficulty in proving that stuff is enormous --especially after 10 years."
Chris Matthews is one of the few journalists who has raised the rape allegations in recent days, although clearly other journalists are aware of the story. It was, for example, discussed in the 12/17 issue of the White House Bulletin, a newsletter for Washington insiders.
There are also allegations that Bill Clinton fathered the child of a black prostitute. This story first surfaced during the 1992 primaries but was quickly suppressed by the media. Again, the tale has refused to go away and may gain new life as a result of the pending Senate trial of Clinton.
NEWSMAX ARTICLE ON JANE DOE #5
From an affidavit from
Dolly Kyle Browning
I have known William Jefferson Clinton since I was eleven years old. I call him "Billy." We attended high school together. During the period from the mid-1970's until January 1992, we had a relationship that included sexual relations. The frequency of our contact with each other, and the frequency of our sexual encounters, varied over that time period, but we did have sexual relations many times during that time period.
Our relationship ended abruptly in January of 1992 when Billy would not return my telephone call. I told his secretary, Linda, that a tabloid had the story about me and Billy. I asked her to have him call me and he refused. Instead he had my brother, who was, at that time, working in the 1992 Clinton presidential campaign, call me from Billy's New Hampshire apartment or office. My brother said that Billy was afraid to talk to me because everyone thought that I might record the conversation as Gennifer Flowers had done. He said "we" think you should deny the story. He finally said: "if you cooperate with the media we will destroy you."
The next time I spoke with Billy was at our high school reunion in 1994. At that reunion he and I had a conversation that lasted approximately 45 minutes. At the reunion, but prior to our conversation, I had avoided contact with Billy. He approached me sometime around midnight. He greeted me, saying "how are you?" I responded: "You are such an ass-hole, I can't believe you'd even bother to ask!" When I said "ass-hole" a Secret Service Agent reached to grab me. Billy physically blocked the agent's arm and said "it's alright" or words to that effect.
He said "we have to talk." During this conversation, we sat in two chairs in front of a large column in the ballroom where our reunion dance was being held. There were several hundred other people in the ballroom. Dance music was playing almost continuously during our conversation. During our conversation our faces were close together. We were speaking in a volume that was only just loud enough to hear each other over the background noise. The only people within at least six feet of us during our conversation were two male Secret Service agents.
Our conversation began with my confronting him for not returning my call in early 1992. This lead to a discussion of many things, including his affair with Gennifer Flowers. I reminded him that he had threatened to destroy me and he said he was sorry. We discussed many other things. At the end of the conversation he asked me to come to Washington. He said "You can live on the Hill. I can help you find a job."
A pro-impeachment member of Congress from Michigan had his district office hit by arson. Commenting on the fire at Rep. Joe Knollenberg's headquarters, the local police chief said that "If it is determined that this was retaliation of some sort because of Knollenberg's position yesterday, there could be a domestic terrorism charge."
Matt Drudge reports that actor Alec Baldwin is under investigation by the Capital Police for suggesting that Henry Hyde be stoned.
* Normal three-day White House order of pizza from Domino's: $560
* Three-day White House order of pizza from Domino's when Monica Lewinsky story broke last January: $2600
* Three-day White House order of pizza from Domino's during impeachment vote: $3100 [London Times]
Polling depends on how questions are asked. For example the Rasmussen survey found that when reminded that our last military action was on the day Monica
testified, only 36% said the timing of both attacks was merely a
coincidence. Most (54%) said that politics played a role. By a 69% to 20% margin, people said the President should be impeached if he ordered attacks to help himself politically.
PORTRAIT OF AMERICA
The Clinton Administration fired more missiles at Iraq in three days than during the whole Gulf War.
Tom Hayden says that Bill Clinton passed through the 1960s. But he didn't inhale.
JUST FOR STARTERS
Clinton's actions are "foolish," "reprehensible," and "maddeningly reckless." He has been "lying" and he is a "bum." Clinton "violated the trust of the American people, lessened their esteem for the office of President, and dishonored the office which they have entrusted to him." Clinton "made false statements concerning his reprehensible conduct with a subordinate" and "wrongly took steps to delay discovery of the truth." Clinton's testimony under oath was "evasive, incomplete, misleading [and] maddening." Clinton "violated his sacred obligations to his wife and daughter . . . misled his family, his friends, his colleagues and the public, and in doing so, he betrayed the trust place in him not only by his loved ones but by the American people."
[These are just a few of the comments made by President Clinton's supporters]
My gripe against Kenneth Starr is that he is not inquisitorial enough. He has failed to pursue the Clintons for their worst sins, namely the misuse of the FBI and the corruption of the US Justice Department. Perhaps this is because he is himself a creature of the Justice Department, where he served as chief of staff. Instinctively, he has avoided confronting the institutional power of the FBI.
In the death investigation of Vincent Foster, he refused to proceed when his own prosecutor, Miguel Rodriguez, told him that he had uncovered evidence of an FBI cover-up. Rodriguez resigned in protest, suspecting strongly that Foster was murdered. The case was shut down.
Mr. Starr also botched the investigation into the White House's illicit use of confidential FBI files on 900 Republican opponents. He used FBI agents to probe misconduct involving the FBI itself. Needless to say, they came up empty handed. A civil suit on behalf of the victims has since uncovered evidence that the purloined files were part of a campaign of political espionage ordered by Hillary Clinton herself. The dirt in the files, including raw data on congressional leaders, was fed into computers. Presumably it was later used for blackmail, or fed to media surrogates for the systematic smearing of Republicans. -- Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, London Telegraph
CULTURE OF IMPUNITY
Nothing in the nation's capital is less edifying than watching the healing process begin.
President Clinton's current problems began with an attempt to obstruct justice in a trial in which he was the target. The Washington establishment, including much of the media, has decided that the best way to handle the problem is to obstruct justice in another trial in which Clinton is the target.
Case in point: Elizabeth Arnold of NPR suggested this morning that "cooler heads" will prevail in the Senate; i.e. that the body will by-pass the Constitution and pass a token censure resolution. At which point, of course, Arnold and her colleagues can solemnly declare that justice has prevailed even as the cigars and champagne are being passed amongst the perps at the White House.
MORE CRIME NEWS
The Drudge Report says that a former Arkansas state auditor scheduled to appear on the Chris Matthews show had her computer files corrupted over the weekend.
Julia Hughes Jones, a Republican who served from 1981 to 1995, was apparently about to tell previously unrevealed stories about Clinton and his associates that she has detailed in a forthcoming book. Jones, who now lives in Florida, had just returned from Little Rock where she attend her father's funeral when she noticed the corrupted files.
Destroyed computer files have cropped up before in the Clinton scandal saga. The files of Clinton security aide Jerry Park were, according to members of his family, removed from his home by federal agents after Parks' mob-type slaying. And the computer of Vince Foster was so badly damaged that material on it was irretrievable.
How abominably absurd is the idea of being hereafter governed by a set of men who have been guilty of forgery, perjury, treachery, theft and every species of villainy which the lowest wretches on earth could practice or invent. -- Thomas Paine, The American Crisis
Richard Nixon, speaking to his aides during a crucial period of Watergate, remarked that "we're beyond politics now." The same could be said today as the White House carries out what one of its own operatives has called a "scorched earth policy" -- practices more akin to vicious mediaeval intrigue than to constitutional politics.
Everything must be understood in this context. The basic operating system of today's Washington runs on threat, fear and blackmail. The targets, it is safe to assume, include journalists as well as politicians e.g. journalists who had too much fun on presidential trips and congressmembers who availed themselves too well of the prostitution that is part of the stock-in-trade of Washington lobbying. Bear this in mind: Much of what is being said in this city is now being censored by the filter of fear.
"SENTENCE FIRST, VERDICT LATER"
The level of intimidation in Washington may help to explain why so many in the Senate and the media are relying on a legal principle derived not from the Constitution but from Alice in Wonderland. The principle, of course, makes no more sense than it did in Lewis Carroll's day and those who espouse it are either uncommonly dense or deliberately disingenuous. As Whitewater Irregular Palmer Hinsdale reasonably asks, "When did you last receive a jury summons, walk into court, and tell the judge that you cannot be bothered with a trial and simply want to censure the defendant and move on?"
Before taking this deceitful and dangerous turn, the senators would do well to consider well the oath they must take before trying a president, one that requires them to study the evidence actually submitted to them by Kenneth Starr and not just what their colleagues and others have had to say about it. In particular, they might review evidence that was presented to House in confidence, evidence that has been available to representatives all along but which, for reasons best known to themselves, some not only ignored but now claim that because they ignored it, it can not be used in the Senate trial.
If that is too much work than they should at least review the remarks of Barbara Boxer made on the Senate floor on July 21, 1995 during the Packwood affair:
"Mr. President, opponents of public hearings in this case have raised three objections.
"First, they say public hearings on this matter would bring the Senate into disrepute. I argue that the opposite is true. As former Chief Justice Brandeis said, `Sunlight is said to be the best of disinfectants.' ~ We win confidence from the people by discharging our responsibilities frankly and openly -- no matter how controversial the issue. But we irrevocably lose the people's respect by sweeping our problems under the committee room rug. The Senate is not a private club; it is the people's Senate . We do not go in the back room, light up a cigar, and decide these cases.
"~ Second, opponents of public hearings in this case say that the allegations are so explosive that hearings would degrade into a circus-like atmosphere. ~ What is the message here? Is it that the more embarrassing the charges, the more a Senator will be protected behind closed doors? That would be a terrible message to send to the American people.
"I ask another question: If all the other issues were dealt with in public, is it a signal that if the issue were sexual misconduct you get the safe haven of a private club? That would be a terrible message.
"Third, some opponents of hearings in the open argue that these hearings would be unfair to those who make the complaints because they could be subjected to uncomfortable questions and difficult cross-examination. ~~ The Ethics Committee can decide under current Senate rules to close any portion of a hearing if it decides it is necessary to protect a witness."
THE ARKANSAS BLOOD SCANDAL
Among blacked-out stories about Clinton is the tale of how his Arkansas prison system sold tainted blood to Canadian sources well after inmate-originated blood was banned by American blood companies. Some 7,000 Canadians have died or are expected to as a result of contaminated blood, some of it from the Arkansas prison system.
According to Mara Leveritt in the Arkansas Times, in 1984, "the U.S. FDA revoked the [Arkansas Department of Corrections'] license for manufacturing source plasma, citing a litany of potential hazards. Among other things, the FDA said that HMA, the Arkansas company administering the program, was using inmates who had been previously disqualified because of a history of hepatitis; had failed to note on the plasma whether testing had been done for signs of hepatitis and syphilis; kept inaccurate and incomplete records; altered records; and had shown willful disregard of standards. The license was quickly reinstated, however, and the bleeding of inmates continued.
"By the end of the 1980s, all U.S. prison systems had quit drawing inmate plasma-- all, that is, except Arkansas's. When I interviewed John Byus, the ADC's medical director, in February 1991, I asked him how long the department intended to continue the practice, in light of the fact that the National Hemophilia Foundation, the International Red Cross, and the World Health Organization all considered the risks inherent in it too great. Byus replied, 'We plan to stick with it to the last day, to the last drop we're able to sell.' Our state ended the program later that year, but not from any sense of responsibility. The scandal had left its mark. There was simply no one left on earth willing to buy what we had to sell."
One year later, Bill Clinton, then governor of a state with the greatest number of inmate complaints in the country, began running for president. Clinton had shown far more impatience than concern with inquiries into prison conditions, claiming that they had been "studied to death." He also tried to bring a state police investigation of the prison system to a quick end saying in words whose spirit would become familiar in another context, "I told them to get it done and get it over with." Further, a couple of those most closely connected to the prison scandal were close to Clinton including Leonard Dunn, who served as president of the blood company with the prison contract. Dunn was a senior member of Clinton's 1990 gubernatorial campaign and bought Jim McDougal's Guaranty Savings and Loan that same year.
Proving the persistence of redemption, by far the best American media story we've seen is in the heretofore heavily pro-Clinton Salon Magazine.
SALON MAGAZINE ARTICLE
Joe Conason, reliable journalistic hit man for the Clinton machine, warns in the New York Observer that Chief Justice William Rehnquist will come under "intense and unflattering scrutiny" if he presides over a Senate impeachment trial of the president.
LA Times 12/26 is reporting that a secret 1,800 page congressional study of Democratic fundraising and its ties to the transfer of sensitive satellite technology to China has uncovered "exceptionally serious problems" according to the investigation chair, Rep. Chris Cox. Adds Cox: "If it was publicly known, it would be shocking, indeed." Involved are deals by Loral and Hughes.
Porn king Larry Flynt is getting plenty of attention in the mainstream media -- including, ironically, on NPR's 'Fresh Air' -- as he brags about having the goods on various politicians. Makes you think there might be a little space for some of the goods on Flynt himself, say from his daughter who claims he molested her and her siblings and "is a monster." Flynt denies the molestation charge.
MICHAEL REAGAN SHOW
With Tanya FLYNT Davis
REPLAY of the 11 minute interview:
Set Slide Bar - 2:00:30 Ends - 2:11:00
NEAL TRAVIS IN THE NY POST: "Aerosmith's Joe Perry tells the Boston Herald the band was scheduled for a private tour of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue the day after their D.C. concert, but were told to forget it because of the impeachment crisis. They asked if they could stand in the Rose Garden to watch Clinton speak to the nation. No, said the spin doctors, because the cameras might focus on the band instead of the president. So Steven Tyler and Co. viewed the speech on closed-circuit TV in the Secret Service basement 'ready room.'
Ross Perot was ready to go public with the Clinton-as-deadbeat-dad story in the 1992 campaign reports Carl Limbacher at NewsMax.com. But when Perot's Illinois campaign director Steve Dinari informed George Stephanopoulos that he was about to hit the streets with the account, Stephanopoulos reportedly told him he could never come back to Democratic politics if he did.
During the New Hampshire primary, Globe magazine carried a report on Little Rock prostitute Bobbie Ann Williams, who alleged that during one of 13 sexual encounters with then-Gov. Clinton in 1984, she conceived her son, Danny. The major media had ignored the story.
Writes Limbacher: "Both Bobbie Ann and a corroborating witness, her sister Lucille Bolton, submitted to lie-detector tests to bolster their accounts. Both passed. ~ Bolton told NewsMax.com that Danny now 'wants the truth to come out' and that his current guardian, Shirley Howard, would like to see the president submit to a paternity test."
Of course, now that the president's DNA has been sampled it shouldn't be too hard to clear this matter up with a scientific analysis similar to that used in the case of Thomas Jefferson, whose sexual habits Clintonistas like to cite in their own man's defense.
TROUBLE AT HOME?
National Enquirer is reporting domestic problems in the White House which may explain what some thought recently might have been a cleaned-up presidential black eye. Clinton is quoted as telling a Secret Service agent, "Keep that bitch away from me." Says the Enquirer's inside source, "Hillary just snapped. She lost it and smacked the President upside the head. He was stunned. The hit was so hard it left a visible bruise, and he put on makeup for several days to cover the red spot."
The Enquirer also quotes a source as saying, "The President is a mess. He's been gorging on fast foods again."
Curiously, David Kendall represents both the Enquirer and the President. Even more curiously, it turns out he's also a birthright Quaker.
FOLLOW THE BOUNCING PAT
Three quotes gleaned by Matt Drudge:
Senator Patrick Moynihan, asked on January 27 whether Clinton could weather news of his affair with Monica Lewinsky: "I should think not. If it's so, it represents a disorder. We are not talking of Czar Alexander. We have a system of government in which persons move in and out of government... It's not a constitutional crisis. The Constitution provides for this."
On September 6, 1998 on ABC NEWS' THIS WEEK, Moynihan was asked by George Will:
WILL: Is perjury in a civil case by the chief executive officer of the United States an impeachable offense?
Sen. DANIEL MOYNIHAN: Yes.
GEORGE WILL: Is perjury, therefore, I assume in a grand jury - before a grand jury, would be an impeachable offense?
Sen. DANIEL MOYNIHAN: Yes.
Finally, Moynihan's recently told the New York Times that Clinton should be censured but not removed from office, warning that removal could "very readily destabilize the presidency. We are an indispensable nation and we have to protect the presidency as an institution."
MORE MISSING RECORDS
Insight Magazine reports that tens of thousands of White House e-mails and telephone records were never turned over to investigators despite subpoenas. Included were messages between Monica Lewinsky and friends. "Justice Department and congressional investigators now are working quietly, and rapidly before the files disappear, to track down the records long sought by investigators ~ White House insiders and government lawyers ~ say that beepers and phones have been buzzing to determine who spilled the beans and to get control of the records before federal agents swarm in. 'They're in a panic over this,' a West Wing source tells [Insight]."
MORE THAN POLITICS
One great myth of the White House and the media is that the current unpleasantness centers on an ideological struggle between Clinton and a vicious right wing. A new New York Times poll, however, challenges this myth. It finds the group of Americans most likely to support impeachment were not described by their politics at all, but by their marital state. Married Americans supported impeachment by a margin of more than two-thirds while just over half of conservatives and Republicans did.
Politics tends to be the end product of a lot of things that have little to do with politics -- including, in this case, a debate over the importance of honesty and decency. Liberals have, over a long period, ridiculed those with traditional values, at least subliminally equating concern for morality with racism, homophobia, and the like. In place of these values, they have offered little in the way of a philosophical refuge other than a vaguely articulated variety of situational ethics.
At least some of the rise of the right is due to liberals driving Americans into the arms of the conservatives by this apparent contempt for moral concerns. Stephen Carter tells the story of two black women who moved from "involvement in liberal politics to involvement in conservative Christian groups for no other reason than their perception that, among their natural liberal political allies, their desire to talk about their faith -- evangelical Christianity -- made them an object of sport." In the end, they "preferred a place that honored their faith and disdained their politics over a place that honored their politics and disdained their faith."
The Clinton affair has dramatically exposed the weakness of this approach. As the Greens have shown, moral and progressive politics are not mutually exclusive. But the liberals now find themselves up the moral creek without a paradigm, left with little but the gospel of the American Bar Association to guide them.
After months of talking about "consensual sex," the media now finds itself in an awkward position concerning a censored portion of the Starr report that deals with an alleged rape by Bill Clinton in 1978 when he was attorney general. NewsMax, for example, is reporting that the matter is the subject of dispute at ABC News, where a summary memo argued that since the issue could be brought up at the Senate trial, the story "can't be totally ignored."
As we reported earlier, a number of moderate and previously uncommitted Republicans reviewed the rape charges prior to voting for impeachment. Writes NewsMax: "Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr had turned over additional documents and FBI statements with new details about the President's sexual activities. The ABC memo reports that about two dozen Republicans reviewed the new material the Thursday and Friday before the historic impeachment vote. Some may have been swayed to have voted for impeachment based on the material."
NewsMax goes on to say that the memo comes as a result of a feud between World News Tonight Executive Producer Paul Freidman and network anchor Peter Jennings, who "vehemently objected" to reporting the story.
[Personal to ABC news producer and memo-writer Chris Isham: for more than 200 years, people who opposed a president were known his "opponents." The current White House introduced the notion that those opposed the president should be called "Clinton-haters." The media has picked it up but phrase is best left to people like James Carville and not used by real journalists.]
JUDGE: COMMERCE OFFICIALS
ACTED LIKE "HOOLIGANS"
In yet another victory for the public interest group, Judicial Watch, US District Judge Royce Lamberth has ordered an expanded review of Commerce Department documents bearing on the Clinton administration's shakedown of business officials in return for seats on US trade missions.
Reacting to the destruction of government documents and legal delays by former Commerce Department officials, Lamberth compared them to "hooligans" and "scofflaws."
Said Lamberth, Commerce Department officials "repeatedly and grossly mishandled materials" covered by Judicial Watch's Freedom of Information Act Request.
PUSH POLLING AWARD
OF THE WEEK
A listener to the Ron Smith show on Baltimore's WBAL reports a pollster calling and asking her: "Do you think the Senate should go through a 4 or 5 month trial, or should they instead get on with the business of the country, such as Social Security?"
BUDDY TRYING TO
Longtime Clinton crony Charlie Trie applied for a passport two weeks ago, just one day after his court hearing on charges of federal conspiracy, obstruction of justice and witness tampering. The Justice Department claimed that Trie plans to leave the country and asked that Trie be jailed.
Trie returned from Asia earlier this year to face trial. His lawyer said that Trie just made a mistake and never intended to flee. While District Judge Paul Friedman refused to jail Trie, he did put him under a curfew: "I'm troubled by this. If I'm wrong in placing my faith in him, then the consequences are that he
may leave the country and we may not be able to get him back."
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
Why are 'progressives' always the ones who rally around the president without getting -- or even asking for -- anything in return? -- Katha Politt, The Nation
HMM. . .
"We must not allow ourselves or our leaders to separate the lives we live from the words we speak." -- Senator Paul Wellstone in Tikkun
AND THIS IS THE GUY
THEY WANT TO TEACH
A LESSON BY CENSURING HIM
From a LA Times article describing Bill Clinton talking to friends and supporters one day after the impeachment vote:
"Asked how it felt to have been impeached, he replied, 'not bad,' and went on to say that within 10 or 20 years he believes he will be on the right side of history, that historians will not give undue weight to impeachment when they analyze his presidency."
"The president said that he has purposely and frequently 'purged' himself of the anger he feels towards his attackers, because he knows that anyone who harbors hatred pays a price for it."
"He said that South African President Nelson Mandela, who spent three decades as a political prisoner, taught him to turn the other cheek. ~ Mandela told Clinton that, as he left prison and walked toward freedom, he realized that he would not be free if he took his anger with him. ~ Whenever Mandela has checked in on Clinton over this last difficult year, he has urged him not to give his adversaries his heart or his mind, Clinton said."
"Clinton regaled his listeners with a description of a letter that [Larry] Flynt wrote to independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr ~ congratulating Starr for aiding the cause of pornography."
ALL THE NEWS
THAT'S FIT TO PRINT
One of the way corporatist media deals with bad news is to bury it in a story and make sure the reader doesn't know what the hell you're talking about. The New York Times did just that with the alleged rape by Bill Clinton -- evidence of which is believed to have tipped a number of key moderate Republicans into the impeachment column. At the end of one article, the New York Times did make reference to assault charges but gave the reader little more to go on. Meanwhile the Washington Post, even more protective of the President, ended a story with this:
"There was little enthusiasm expressed for the suggestion last week by House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Tex) that senators peruse as-yet unreleased material concerning other alleged Clinton transgressions."
Seeing as how this material may have been what ultimately resulted in Clinton's impeachment and seeing as the alleged "transgression" was rape, it would appear the Times and the Post have learned little the past six years. They helped create the current mess by not telling their readers what was on the Gennifer Flowers tapes as well as other basic information about Clinton's past and now seem determine to keep the public in the dark right to the end.
One of the current sports of the decadent elite is rewriting history -- especially that involving the 1960s. Thus we find, on the front page of the Washington Post an article by David Broder and Richard Morin that begins:
"The sharply divided public reaction to the impeachment of President Clinton has provided a dramatic showcase of a struggle for American values that goes back to the 1960s and remains unresolved today. As an emblematic figure from that troubled decade, polls and analyst said, Clinton confronts his fellows citizens with choices between deeply held moral standards and an abhorrence of judging others' behavior. . ."
This lead flunks on a number of grounds including the ahistorical notion that the 60s were non-judgmental and didn't care about moral standards. The arguments behind the anti-war, feminist and civil rights movements were, after all, basically moral ones. But the piece is most off the track in perpetuating the myth that Clinton somehow represents the 60s.
In fact, if Clinton has a home decade it is that of the greedy, hustling, lying 80s, but in any case he certainly was not typical of the 1960s except for that portion of it that used the period as a crash pad for their souls and who enjoyed the sex and drugs but gave little in return.
It helps to keep this all straight to bear in mind that Clinton, according to intelligence sources, spent at least part of the 1960s spying for the CIA on his fellow students. Further, when he was at Georgetown and working for Senator Fulbright he found little time for movement activities, witness this excerpt from "Partners in Power" by Roger Morris:
"In October 1967, Clinton's senior autumn in Washington, a thousand activists, mostly students, held a chanting 'siege' of the Pentagon, while a hundred thousand more kept quiet vigil at the Lincoln Memorial. 'None of us took part because we were aiming to be mainstream players and didn't identify with the marchers,' said [a Clinton friend] later, explaining their failure to join the protests. Bill and Kit [a Clinton roommate] had their positions on the Hill to protect, and they didn't ant to embarrass the men for whom they worked. ~ They were 'in many ways ~ a generation apart' from their own age group, thought his classmate John Kalell."
SPEAKING OF TELLING THE TRUTH
"I solemnly swear that in all things appertaining to the trial of the impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton, now pending, I will do impartial justice according to the Constitution and laws: So help me God."
This is approximately the oath the US Senators will take prior to commencing the trial of the president. It is clear that a number of them are in poor position to do so, given that they are scurrying around trying to fix the trial like they were Chicago aldermen at traffic court.
Consider, for example, the "impartial justice" that will be done by Senator Ron Wyden who has publicly stated that "I think you do have a significant group of senators who are trying to work across the aisle and find some bipartisan common ground that the House wasn't able to locate."
Senator Wyden seems unaware that he is not dealing with an appropriations bill here; he is trying a president on felony charges.
Human Events has raised another point, namely that on November 3, 1989, the Senate voted 89 to 8 to remove Federal District Judge Walter Nixon because
he lied to a federal grand jury. "The obstacle this prior impeachment conviction presents to Clinton's defenders is compounded by the fact that Democratic Sen. Carl Levin (Mich.) openly proclaimed on the Senate floor in 1989 that Judge Nixon's grand jury perjury fell under the 'high crimes and misdemeanors' clause of the Constitution. It is still further compounded by the fact that 27 of the Democratic senators who will sit in judgment of the president now, voted, in 1989, to remove Judge Nixon for grand jury perjury. That's more than twice the number of Democratic senators needed to remove President Clinton from
office is all 55 Republicans vote to convict. The president's case is even further compounded by the fact that Vice President Al Gore, then a
senator from Tennessee, also voted to remove Judge Nixon. How can any senator who voted to remove Judge Nixon for the 'high crime and misdemeanor' of
lying to a grand jury take an oath to do 'impartial justice' in the trial of President Clinton and not vote to remove him for lying to a grand jury?"
BY THE WAY
Tony Snow points out that "high crimes and misdemeanors" comes from the 13th century trial of the Earl of Suffolk and refers to the status of the offender rather than the nature of the crimes. In other words, the crimes and misdemeanors of public big shots are de factor "high."
Washington -- President Bush December 24 granted pardons to former
Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and five other individuals for their
conduct related to the Iran-Contra affair ~ [President-elect] Clinton said he was concerned "by any action which sends a signal that, if you work for the government, you're above the law, or that not telling the truth to Congress under oath is somehow less serious than not telling the truth to some other body under oath." -- Dian McDonald, USIA White House correspondent, December 24, 1992
CUTTING TO THE CHASE
Failure to impeach President Clinton will grant him a formal license to lie, evade, suborn, tamper, obstruct and in other ways abuse his oath and the powers of his office. It will also permit him to continue to practice without sanction his deep contempt for the Constitution, the laws of the country and the legislative and judicial branches of the government. These offenses, reiterated with each defense the President and his lawyers make, are not those of a mere misguided reprobate but of a man of dangerously anti-democratic, deeply corrupt, and strongly authoritarian inclination.
Benjamin Franklin, to a citizen who asked what the nature of the new American government would be, replied, "A republic, if you can keep it." This, in the end, is the matter now before the House.
GREAT MOMENTS FROM THE CLINTON LEGACY
From a 1995 memo by Harold Ickes to Donna Shalala:
"The President was somewhat mystified as to why there was no mention of him in the 3 October 1995 article in the Arkansas Democratic Gazette entitled 'Sex Can Wait plan gets $200,000 grant: Federal Aid to benefit 16 school districts . . .'"Obviously, not every announcement will specifically refer to the President, but all federal departments are being urged to make sure that announcement of grants and other programs refer to the President."
The president has lied in civil depositions. He's lied to a criminal grand jury. He's lied to his Cabinet. He has lied to the American people and now he has lied to his Congress. There is no one left to lie to." -- House Judiciary Counsel David Shippers.
WELL, AT LEAST
TRAILER PARK TRASH
Remember all those respectful TV stories about Abe Hirschfeld and how he was trying to spare the country pain by buying Paula Jones off her law suit against Clinton? Our three-monkey media showed little curiosity about Hirschfeld, however, and so there were a few things missing from, or buried in, stories such as the fact that Hirschfeld was then under a 123-count indictment for evading $2.2 million in state taxes.
Now Hirschfeld has even more serious problems, having been charged with hiring a hit man to kill a longtime business partner. The New York Times reports that detectives went to Hirschfeld's home on Fifth Avenue shortly after midnight to arrest him but the developer insisted that he had an agreement with the prosecutor to surrender at 7:30 the next morning. Robert McFadden writes that Hirschfeld suggested that "they all stay until morning -- he in handcuffs, if necessary -- and get a good night's sleep. He said he offered them coffee and dessert.
"When they refused, he and other witnesses said, he dropped his pants and suggested a lewd act, called 911 to report a robbery in progress and, after the police arrived and the confusion was cleared up, was taken away in handcuffs. 'Oh yes,' he said, 'I called 911 because they wanted to take me naked.'"
The alleged victim got himself a bulletproof limo after hearing of plans to knock him off.
QUESTION OF THE DAY
Do you really want a president who is so narcissistic that the thought of resigning has, by his own account, never crossed his mind?
FIRST, BAN ALL THE LAWYERS
The Clinton impeachment story raises all sorts of deep questions such as: What is a president? Is this post-modernism's Waterloo or its biggest victory? What is a lie? How do we get our politicians to level with us?
Deep enough that you might expect the media to find some non-partisan historians, philosophers, theologians, and so forth to discuss these matters. Instead the airwaves have been clogged with lawyers pretending to be historians, historians pretending to be lawyers, politicians pretending to be law professors, journalists pretending to be philosophers, passionate law professors pretending to be dispassionate scholars, and, most of all, lawyers just being lawyers.
Of course, a major cause of Clinton's present problems has been his faith in the perverse logic of the attorney class. So how does the media react? By turning over this major philosophical, political, and theological issue to the same cynical, amoral, sophistic profession that caused the problem in the first place. A moratorium on all appearances by attorneys on TV between now and when the House votes would probably be the most useful way the networks could spend the next few days.
THE WORD FOR TODAY IS 'SUICIDE'
The White House just can't seem to break its bad habits. We learn, for example, from GOP Representative Ray Dickey of Arkansas that "I've received a threat from the White House," which he quotes as "If Jay Dickey votes to impeach the president, it's probably an indication he will not run for re-election in 2000. It's suicide. We'll make sure it is." . . . Meanwhile, with exquisite timing and right on message, several Clintonista media types have thoughtfully ruminated in their columns about the possibility of GOP suicide as a result of supporting impeachment.
Which raises the point: given the prevalence of Arkansas Sudden Death Syndrome, isn't talking about suicide at times like these a little like chatting about bombs in an airport?
CHEAP SHOT STATS
One of the Democrats' cheap shots was implying that Starr's use of phrases like "I don't recall" during his 12-hour testimony was the equivalent of Clinton using the phrase before the grand jury.
First all, Starr was being asked to remember details of a massive investigation involving thousands of witnesses and hundreds of thousands of pages of documents. Clinton only had to remember what he himself had done or said.
Secondly, Starr during his 12-hour testimony, used the phrase "I don't recall" or its equivalent an average of 2.5 times an hour; Clinton said it 30 times an hour.
BAGMAN FOR CHINA-TO-DEMOCRATS FUNDS GETS PROBATION
Johnny Chung, one of the bag men for the Chinese government's fiscal infiltration of the Democratic Party, has received five years probation from a federal judge who noted his cooperation with the Justice Department in the campaign finance investigation. Chung could have gotten 37 years for his part in China's efforts to buy influence in the Democratic Party -- apparently in part to gain access to American secret and advanced technology.
Chung, who was almost broke in 1992, contributed nearly $400,000 to the Democrats between 1994 and 1996 and was a guest at the White House at least 50 times. Chung pleaded guilty to have made an illegal payment to the Clinton-Gore campaign and another to the campaign of Senator John Kerry.
In the course of deciding what to do about Chung, Judge Manuel Real took a look at secret grand jury testimony collected by Justice in its campaign finance probe. He said he was surprised that Janet Reno continues to "eschew" the appointment of a special prosecutor in the matter, thus joining FBI director Louis Freeh and the department's own special investigator in calling for an independent probe.
He also had biting words about former Democratic chair Donald Fowler and his finance director, Richard Sullivan, who were Chung's party contacts. Said Real, "If Mr. Fowler and Mr. Sullivan didn't know what was going on, they're two of the dumbest politicians I've ever seen. It's very strange that the giver pleads guilty and the givee gets off free."
[Well, not really, judge. That's precisely what happened in the Mike Espy case. Despite a number of convictions of others for illegal gratuities to the former agriculture secretary, Espy was found innocent of wrong-doing and has been prancing around Washington ever since, massaged by a media that treats him as a victim of prosecutorial zeal.]
The New York Times, meanwhile, is reporting that federal investigators have come up with new evidence of China attempting to use the Democrats to gain access to high technology. One of the key figures, Charlie Trie, is said to have met in Beijing with Chinese contacts and asked for $1 million that could be used for political activities in the United States.
Trie is a one-time Little Rock restaurateur who became a big-time contributor to the Democrats and to Clinton's defense fund. In 1997, after being discovered in China, Trie explained to a reporter why he was remaining there rather than returning to the US to face the music. He said, " I'm not hiding. I want to stay alive."
The July American Spectator reported that investigators for Dan Burton's House Reform and Oversight Committee had traced more than $1 million wired to Trie from Macao businessman Ng Lap Seng, and could show that about a third of the money was given to the Democratic National Committee. Ng is closely linked to a couple of major Chinese-owned enterprises: Everbright Holdings and CITIC.
According to customs records, Ng regularly brought in large sums of money to the US. For example, on June 20, 1994 he arrived with $175,000 and then two days later met with Trie and Mark Middleton at the White House. That evening Ng sat at Clinton's table at a DNC fundraiser. Middleton, incidentally, had a 24-hour pass that allowed him to visit Trie's apartment at the Watergate at any time. The apartment was paid for by Ng.
Trie was part of the long-time Asian-Arkansas connection that began with the arrival of Indonesian-Chinese billionaire Moctar Riady in the 1970s. In 1983 Riady formed Lippo Finance & Investment in Little Rock. The launch was accomplished with the aid of a $2 million loan guaranteed by the SBA. Clinton was used as a character reference to help get the loan guarantee. The first loan from the Lippo operation went to Charlie Trie.
ARKANSAS STATE POLICE CHIEF RESIGNS
Jim Guy Tucker's state police chief, John Bailey, was announced he will retire shortly. The announcement comes just ten weeks after the commander of the state's criminal investigation division was placed on administrative leave following what was described only as "a complaint." As Arkansas Times writer Mark Keesee described it, "the [national] equivalent would be watching of the head of the FBI get the ax, with no explanation given, followed in rapid order by the resignation of Janet Reno."
Keesee noted that back in 1986, when Clinton was governor, Bailey's predecessor, Tommy Goodwin, announced an internal probe into the "questionable role" a CID investigator had play in the state police cocaine probe of Little Rock businessman and Clinton confidante Dan Lasater. "Years later I learned the rest of that untold story. The investigations of Mike Mahone were prompted by a statement Lasater made to the FBI a week before his guilty plea. In it, Lasater claimed that Mahone, who had been assigned to investigate Lasater's finances, had accepted sizable favors from Lasater. These favors allegedly included a vacation for Mahone and his wife at Lasater's Angel Fire ski resort in New Mexico and a loan made out to Mahone's sister of $25,000. In exchange, Lasater told the FBI, Mahone advised him on the status of the investigation."
No charges were ever brought against Mahone and he was later allowed to quietly resign from the force.
Drug dealer Dan Lasater was a close Clinton crony and came up with the money to pay off Roger Clinton's drug debt to the mob.
FRIENDS OF BILL
While it's hard to keep track of all the Friends of Bill who have been indicted
or convicted, it may be worthwhile keeping an eye on recently charged -- 44
counts -- real estate developer Fred Haney because he's also the guy who has
been under fire for giving former Clinton-Gore campaign manager Peter Knight a
$1 million fee for "strategic advice" on how to get the FCC to lease space in
one of his Washington projects. GOP members of Congress have wondered whether
the payment was in return for getting the FCC to move, something Knight and
Haney have denied. Haney is the 14th Clintonista charged by the Justice
GREAT MOMENTS AT THE WHITE HOUSE
REPORTER: Joe, was the White House pleased that yesterday the Washington Post, which immediately fired its reporter Janet Cooke for lying, has called for President Clinton to be censured rather than impeached?
MR. LOCKHART: I don't know that we've -- I don't know we've expressed a view about any one particular editorial.
REPORTER: Do you, as the president's top media adviser, believe that it's more important to have truth at the Washington Post than in the Oval Office?
MR. LOCKHART: I think that's apples and oranges.
REPORTER: In view of last week's American Social Health Association report of 5 million new cases of human Papilloma Virus, 3 million new cases of Chlamydia, 650,000 new cases of gonorrhea and 1 million new cases of herpes, has the Secret Service --
MR. LOCKHART: Wolf, are you sure you want to take this live anymore?
WOLF BLITZER, CNN SR. WHITE HOUSE CORRESPONDENT: We're not taking this live.
[Blitzer was apparently unaware that CNN was still broadcasting.]
LOCKHART: OK, good.
LAUGHTER FROM REPORTERS
REPORTER Has the Secret Service in their obligation to protect the President asked that Monica Lewinsky be tested?
MR. LOCKHART: Next.
REPORTER Doesn't the Secret Service have an obligation...
LOU WATERS, CNN ANCHOR: All right, Joe Lockhart suggested we may not want to take this live anymore, so we'll go over a bit of what he fleshed out for reporters on the president's defense by lawyers tomorrow and Wednesday before the House Judiciary Committee.
[Back in the briefing room]
REPORTER Doesn't the Secret Service have an obligation... to protect the President? Don't they, Joe?
BOOS FROM REPORTERS
Would you like to ignore this, it's embarrassing? Okay.
MR. LOCKHART: Next.
[This last reported by Matt Drudge who also notes that "Any and all references to what Monica Lewinsky was told and saw regarding President Clinton's health were redacted from public versions of information released with Ken Starr's impeachment referral."]
One of the sorriest episodes in modern Justice Department history has concluded with another demonstration of Attorney General Janet Reno's obstinacy. For the third time in a month, she has refused to hand her department's anemic investigation into President Clinton's 1996 campaign abuses over to an independent counsel. Both the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice's top prosecutor for campaign finance urged her to appoint an independent counsel under the part of the law allowing an Attorney General to avoid conflicts of interest. Although she is mired in conflict, Ms. Reno decreed that no one would be appointed to investigate whether her boss illegally used "soft money" to support his re-election. Congress now has a duty to demand an inquiry run by someone not beholden to Mr. Clinton. -- New York Times editorial the morning after a GOP/Democratic commission announced that there was no need for independent counsels any more.
FRIENDS OF BILL (CHINESE LODGE)
Softwar newsletter points out that some of the radios and cell phones being used by Chinese police in the current campaign against dissidents are those sold the Chinese by Motorola after Clinton overrode human rights objections by the State Department.
Motorola's point man was a former Clinton aide named Richard Barth who lobbied heavily to have the matter taken out of State's hands. It eventually was -- Clinton himself granted a waiver for the $100 million deal.
Chinese dissident Harry Wu has said that the Chinese police who arrested him took their orders over brand-new Motorola encrypted radios. And Democratic Representative Nancy Pelosi, roughed up by police in Beijing while trying to meet with dissidents, also reports that the police were using the Motorola devices.
DOCUMENTS ON MOTOROLA TRANSFERS TO CHINA
QUESTION OF THE DAY
If a reserve Marine Corps major can be reprimanded for criticizing the President, can members of the House who are in the reserves vote on impeachment?
SCALES OF JUSTICE
A Washington city employee has been given 21 months in jail for doing illegal private work on city time with city supplies. The judge called it a "classic case of public corruption." Meanwhile, not Congress, not the media, nor the Justice Department are willing to call the Clinton administration to account for charging campaign contributors $100,000 to take private trade missions on a government plane with the Commerce Secretary and other officials serving on the negotiating team.
Tom Hanks, who is mumbling about running for office, shows some real talent for the job. Not long after Hanks told the New Yorker that he regretted giving $10,000 to President Clinton's legal defense fund, he changed his mind and now says he would probably double the amount if asked.
Who knows a lot more about the Clinton scandals then they are telling? Among others are the CIA, NSA, FBI and Justice. For example, Janet Reno and Louis Freeh are so skeptical of White House trustworthiness that they have reportedly met from time to time to discuss just what information they'll let the Clintonistas have. If Reno and Freeh buck congressional pressure to open up on Clinton, the president will remain hostage to them, just as he is to other intelligence agencies that have the power to bring his administration crashing down. Having a corrupt president so vulnerable to blackmail is one more sign of our dangerous post-constitutional situation.
Well down the list of hidden agendas, but still interesting, one finds an intersection of ethnic politics and the Clinton scandals. Example 1: several Irish members of Congress have reportedly rolled over for Clinton in appreciation for his helping to calm things down in Northern Ireland. Example 2: Major black Clinton enabler John Conyers startled the machine by telling an Arab group in Washington that the president should match his own forgiveness by by lifting the economic sanctions against Iraq. "A president that is seeking forgiveness ought to give some also while he's at it," said Conyers. And what if Clinton doesn't respond. Conyers suggested trying Hillary Clinton: "We go to her for everything else."