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Clinton Scandal Clips

from The Progressive Review

August 1999-



GORE: Well, I didn't know what to make of her claim, because I don't know how to evaluate that story, I really don't.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN AT NH FORUM: Did you see the interview? Did you see the interview?
GORE: No, I didn't see the interview, no.
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: I'm very surprised that you didn't watch the interview.
GORE: Well, which -- what show was it on?
GORE: Yes, I didn't see it. There have been so many personal allegations and such a nonstop series of attacks -- I guess I'm like a lot of people in that I think that enough is enough. I do not know how to evaluate each one of these individual stories. I just don't know. I would never violate the privacy of my communication with one of my children, a member of my family, as for that part of your question . . .
UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: So you didn't believe Juanita Broaddrick's claim?
GORE: No, I didn't say that. I just -- I said I don't know how to evaluate it. And I didn't see the interview. But I want to say something else to you about this. Why don't you stand back up, and I'd like to be able to look you in the eye. You know, I think that -- I think that whatever mistakes he made in his personal life are, in the minds of most Americans, balanced against what he has done in his public life as president.


Here's a law professor who convinced the nation and the Senate from her demeanor and her appearance in public that she is a very credible, well- spoken, self-possessed person, says what she says," how can we just cavalierly toss this aside if it doesn't matter?




NEWSMAX: The last journalist to confront the White House with a Broaddrick question was ABC's Sam Donaldson, who raised the issue with Clinton during his March 19th press conference. The President refused to explicitly deny the charge and directed all further inquiries about Broaddrick to his lawyer, who had issued a denial in Clinton's name weeks before. That was the second and final time a reporter dared challenge Clinton about the rape allegation. Much to the White House's delight, Juanita Broaddrick thereafter became a non-person as far as the Washington press corps was concerned.



The Clinton Entertainment Plaza has been opened in the center of Bangkok's Sukhumvit Road area. According to the owners:

"When most people think of Bangkok's nightlife certain well known places spring to mind, namely Patpong, Soi Cowboy and Nana Plaza, Clinton Plaza is a similar venue but offers much, much more. This new Plaza is very centrally located, but yet has ample covered parking space, it has six floors with themes so that if you know the type of entertainment you want then you can go directly there:

-- The first floor - Entrance hall with live music, Charlie's Bar and some shops
-- The second floor - Pubs, restaurants and pool rooms
-- The third floor - Hostess clubs
-- The fourth floor - A-gogo bars
-- The fifth floor - Private club, conference centre and offices
-- The sixth floor - Arts and crafts stalls, internet access, general stalls and cafes.

They add, "Enjoy a beer at 'Popeye's,' or on the way to the 'White House' call in at 'Monica's' for a beer with good head."

TO LEASE SPACE: Lee Singh Company Limited 183 Sukhumvit Road Klong Toey Bangkok 10110. Tel: +66 2 651 3123 Fax: +66 2 651 3095



THE WASHINGTON TIMES: A Howard County prosecutor felt "unbearable" pressure to investigate whether Linda R. Tripp broke state law by taping phone conversations that led to the impeachment of President Clinton, according to testimony yesterday from a former deputy to independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr . . . Jackie M. Bennett testified that Marna McLendon called him Jan. 26, 1998, and told him "there was a political campaign to put pressure on" the local prosecutor's office to go after the woman who taped Monica Lewinsky. "She indicated that she was receiving pressure that was becoming unbearable to her," Mr. Bennett said.

[This key point in the pre-trial testimony was buried in coverage by the New York Times and Washington Post]


"We hold that the constitutional privilege against self-incrimination protects a state witness against incrimination under federal as well as state law and a federal witness against incrimination under state as well as federal law." -- US Supreme Court, Murphy v. Waterfront Commission.

"The immunity open to the Executive Branch could only be exercised on the understanding that the state and federal jurisdictions are as one." -- US Supreme Court, US v. Balsys


ROD DREHER, NEW YORK POST: Whatever Tripp's offenses against charity, it must be remembered that Linda Tripp defiled a friendship -- not a marriage vow nor a sacred trust with a nation to have a tawdry fling with an employee half her age.

Linda Tripp did not lie to a grand jury to cover up those sexual sins -- a violation of the law that is often prosecuted.

Linda Tripp did not strong-arm her employees to give false testimony to the grand jury.

Linda Tripp did not lie to her cabinet, nor to the American people.

Linda Tripp did not lie under oath to Congress.

Linda Tripp didn't dispatch hirelings to disparage the president's dingbat inamorata as a "stalker."

Linda Tripp didn't induce a powerful friend to arrange a New York job offer for the big-bottomed party girl to buy her silence.

Linda Tripp faces five years in jail, plus a $10,000 fine. Bill Clinton will never have to answer in court for his far more serious crimes.



CARL LIMBACHER, NEWSMAX: One year after the only impeachment of an elected president in American history, members of Washington's political elite and the journalists who cover them continue to keep the nation in the dark about how and why it happened. The average citizen believes that President Clinton was indicted by the House and tried in the Senate because he lied about consensual sex with Monica Lewinsky. The press has done nothing to disabuse the public of that notion. But within days of Congress' historic Dec. 19, 1998 impeachment vote, media insiders knew the truth. If the case against Clinton had been about only lies and obstruction over a tawdry fling with a chubby White House intern, the President would have never been put on trial. Without secret evidence then stored in Washington's Gerald Ford Building, material that had been viewed by up to forty undecided moderate House members in the days leading up to final vote, the Lewinsky charges alone would have not carried the day. In fact, the President of the United States was impeached a year ago because of serious and compelling evidence that he may be guilty of at least one -- and perhaps several -- particularly brutal forcible rapes. "Her chilling account to (Ken) Starr's FBI agents of what she alleges happened to her was later turned over to the House Judiciary Committee," writes Michael Isikoff about Juanita Broaddrick in his book, Uncovering Clinton, "and, although never made public, (Broaddrick's story) was credited with being a factor in persuading wavering House Republicans to vote articles of impeachment against Clinton." The Newsweek reporter is one of the few mainstream writers who would acknowledge that Broaddrick was a factor at all, though he did so only in his book's footnotes.



Q Joe, is the President glad that his fellow Democrats in Maryland are prosecuting Linda Tripp for recording Monica's confessions without her knowledge, just as so many Presidents have in the Oval Office recorded people without their knowledge or consent? And I have a follow-up. MR. LOCKHART: He has not expressed a view to me on that subject.

WASHINGTON TIMES: After the endless barrage of attacks the president's supporters have leveled against Mrs. Tripp, lots of people may not be open to arguments on her behalf. For them and for others, there is this question: What does it say about this system of justice that a president sworn to uphold the laws of this land lied under oath - according to federal Judge Susan Webber Wright-and yet remains in office, while the woman who dared to prove he was lying is threatened with jail?"


NEW YORK POST: Uncle Sam has outslicked a businessman who wanted the exclusive right to peddle Slick Willy gimmicks that poke fun at President Clinton. But in denying the request, the Commerce Department concluded that Bill Clinton and Slick Willy are one and the same. "The evidence clearly shows that the name Slick Willy is a nickname which refers to President Bill Clinton," Karen Bush, a lawyer in the Commerce Department's Patent and Trademark Office, wrote in a letter to Illinois businessman Jack Wagner. "Furthermore," the trademark examiner wrote, "the evidence shows that the nickname is not a complimentary name, and is used in a disparaging manner, indicating that the president has a lack of character" ... "I'll take them at their word. They're the experts. If that's their decision, I agree with them," Wagner said.


NEWSMAX: The FBI has confirmed that its agents arrested an unidentified suspect in connection with an attempt to kill key Chinagate witness Johnny Chung last March, Fox News Channel reported late Friday. Appearing on FNC's "The Edge" with Paula Zahn, Chung reviewed allegations first reported by earlier this week. He claimed that a lone gunman showed up at his Los Angeles office on March 20, 1999 after attempting to arrange a meeting over the phone. In the calls, the unidentified suspect's conversation was at times incoherent, but he did make a specific reference to the Chinese capital city. Chung took that as an indirect threat. The FBI had previously warned the Taiwanese-American businessman that Beijing had dispatched Communist Chinese hit teams to extract revenge for his cooperation with the US government's Chinagate probe.


Jim McDougal said the Clintons move through people's lives like a tornado. It started at least as early as the Whitewater development itself, where many investors -- including retirees -- found themselves losing their land because of the sleazy financing scheme involved. McDougal himself, one of the federal government's most important witnesses against Clinton, would die under questionable circumstances while in the custody of the Department of Justice. His former wife, co-conspirator and Clinton loyalist Susan McDougal, would become a national media darling.

When Monica Lewinsky looked like she might cause Clinton trouble, power-brokers Bill Richardson and Vernon Jordan went to extraordinary lengths to find her sedating employment. Less compliant former sexual partners found themselves followed, trashed in the media, and physically threatened. One has just declared bankruptcy.

Witnesses willing to dissemble or duck on Clinton's behalf retained political power or honor within Washington establishment. Those willing to pull back the curtain -- including police officers and federal prosecutors -- were subjected to unprecedented ridicule and dismissal by the media. Some of these witnesses even turned up dead.

Journalists willing to provide exculpation for the president saw their careers expand; those who tried to tell the truth found themselves blacklisted.

This then, has been the last big crime carried out on behalf of America's most corrupt president: the destruction of those who dared to challenge him. This then, is the story being continued in a Maryland courthouse as a woman who kept her mouth shut is pitted a woman who told the truth. The former has launched a post-crisis celebrity career complete with book and fawning media attention. The latter, the one who told the truth, has faced massive media libels, a death threat left on her White House chair, government release of her personnel files, and now even jail.


"Stroke of the pen. Law of the Land. Kinda cool." ­ Paul Begala, former Clinton advisor, speaking of executive orders.

"Clinton is pushing the envelope. He's consistently trying to take more power than Congress gives him." ­ David Schoenbrod, New York Law School professor quoted in the LA Times

"We've switched the rules of the game. We're not trying to do anything legislatively." ­ Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt quoted in the Washington Times


Newsmax reports that Jim Guy Tucker -- Whitewater convict, Clinton machine capo, and former governor of Arkansas -- spent Thanksgiving at the Indonesian home of Clinton crony-contributors Mochtar and James Riady.

NEW YORK POST: Justice Department insiders say Attorney General Janet Reno has been out of the major decision-making loop and her deputy, Eric Holder, is running the show. Reno's tremors from Parkinson's disease have gotten worse and more noticeable. . . .
But insiders also say Holder, 48, an ambitious prosecutor who has risen higher in the Justice Department than any other African American, is running-the department behind the scenes.

[Holder is a Clinton machine aparatchik who has faithfully run interference for the White House during the criminal investigations of its activities.]

DURING AN INTERVIEW with Bill O'Reilly, Kenneth Starr said that he and his staff were 100% certain that Vince Foster committed suicide. O'Reilly responded that two members of Starr's staff had told the "O'Reilly Factor" program that they had doubts about the cause of Foster's death.

-- Percent of Americans who think the Senate should have removed Clinton from office: 42% Percent who felt this way a year ago: 29%

[USA Today/CNN/Gallup]

NEWSMAX: A International poll finds that two-thirds of Americans want Congress to consider a second round of impeachment proceedings against Bill Clinton for possibly swapping United States military secrets to China in exchange for campaign cash. Americans overwhelmingly indicated they are seriously concerned that President Clinton may have authorized the sale and transfer of nuclear and ballistic missile technology to China. The national survey of 1,005 registered voters was conducted by last week.

Nearly 10 percent of Americans surveyed said the allegations were serious enough that Congress should immediately convene impeachment hearings against the President. Another 56 percent of Americans said Congress should begin a preliminary investigation to decide if impeachment is warranted.


REUTERS: The Arkansas woman who says she was raped in 1978 by President Clinton, then the Arkansas attorney general, on Monday filed suit against the White House and the Justice Department for maintaining a file on her, CNN reported. Juanita Broaddrick's story became widely known publicly in February when the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Post published detailed accounts of her story. NBC News subsequently aired an emotional interview with Broaddrick . . . Broaddrick's suit requests that the White House and Justice Department be ordered to produce any records related to her and to stop ``unlawfully disseminating information from Plaintiff's FBI and/or government files,'' according to the CNN report.


PETER JENNINGS: "What's the toughest question that you think you can ask yourself and answer that you'd like to be put in a time capsule?"

BILL CLINTON: "What is the meaning of life? To search for God and good and love and to live by what you believe."

DIANE SAWYER: "And there it is from President Bill Clinton."

Following Juanita Broaddrick, Gennifer Flowers has filed a similar lawsuit seeking access to her Privacy Act records, which she believes, based on evidence, was unlawfully disseminated by the Clinton Administration and its agents to destroy her reputation and interfere with her relationships. Recently on "Larry King Live" and in Gail Sheehy's book, 'Hillary's Choice,' it was stated that Mrs. Clinton threatened to "crucify" Gennifer Flowers by digging up dirt and using it against her.


Since the Juanita Broaddrick case has resurfaced in the presidential primary campaign, a brief review may be useful:

* The alleged assault on Broaddrick by W.J. Clinton occurred in 1978 while Broaddrick was the owner of a nursing home. During a nursing convention, according to a February 1999 story by Josh Fine of ABC News, she took Clinton up on an offer to meet (they had met once previously). She said "Clinton agreed and Broaddrick suggested they meet for coffee in the lobby of the Camelot Hotel, where she was staying. But the meeting moved up to her room, she says, when Clinton suggested there would be too many reporters in the lobby. While she expected only to have coffee with Clinton, Broaddrick says, Clinton came to her room and forced her to have sexual intercourse with him. Broaddrick says she tried to fight Clinton off but eventually gave in after determining he was too big to push away. She also says that Clinton bit her lip during the encounter."

* "About an hour after the incident, Broaddrick says she called a friend for help. That friend, Norma Rogers, a nurse from her nursing home who was staying at the same hotel, says that she went to Broaddrick's room shortly after the alleged incident and iced down her swollen lip. Soon afterwards, they began the two-hour drive back to Van Buren. On the ride back, Rogers says, Broaddrick made it clear that her encounter with Clinton was not consensual. But Broaddrick filed no report with the police and, since she wasn't treated by a doctor, there are no medical records to corroborate her story . . .

* Broaddrick claims Clinton offered a profuse apology in March 1991, a few months before he announced his candidacy for the White House. Rogers confirmed that Broaddrick reported this encounter as well.

* Subpoenaed in the Paula Jones case, Broaddrick says she tried to spare her family embarrassment by signing an affidavit denying any relationship with Clinton. The comment was written in part by Clinton lawyers who provided her attorney with "examples of previous statements filed by witnesses sympathetic to the president in the Jones case."

* Later, approached by the special prosecutors office, "Broaddrick said she was assaulted and that her affidavit in the Jones case was false, but insisted there was no pressure applied by the White House or anyone else. In the weeks before the House voted to impeach the president, Republican leaders urged their colleagues to make the trip to the Ford Building to study details of the Broaddrick allegations."

* Fine wrote that as the trial progressed, "Broaddrick says she felt a pressing need to tell her story, saying she believed Americans should know more about Clinton before the end of the impeachment case. She agreed to an interview with NBC News.


NEWSMAX: Oklahoma's chief medical examiner is exploring the possibility that a key government witness in the independent counsel's investigation of Commerce Secretary Ron Brown may have been murdered. In 1997, Oklahoma businessman Ron Miller provided the government key evidence -- including audio tapes -- against Eugene and Nora Lum, two fund-raisers with close ties to Brown and the Clinton White House. For more than two years Miller's death has been officially classified as "natural." But, last week, legal consultant Stephen Dresch persuaded the Oklahoma state medical examiner to reclassify Miller's cause of death as "unknown," saying that the available medical evidence was also "consistent with homicide."


JOHNNY CHUNG, who cooperated in the criminal investigation of the Clinton machine, has told Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes he is being harassed by the government. Chung, a former fundraiser and middle man between the Chinese and the Clinton administration, donated over $300,000 to Democratic candidates and visited the White House more than 50 times. He pleaded guilty to illegal fundraising and was sentenced to probation and community service in return for his cooperation. In his TV interview Chung claimed, that "I've been ordered by the United States government, any radio interview, TV interview, or speech I make, I have to notify have to call them up and tell them what I said."

USA TODAY: Robert Ray, the federal prosecutor who inherited Starr's job, says he knows what most Americans are probably thinking: "'We went through this. We had this trial. What are you still doing here?'" Ray's answer: ''It ain't over till it's over." Facing this relatively unknown prosecutor, who won't turn 40 until April, is one of the most potentially explosive decisions of the entire investigation: whether to seek Clinton's indictment for perjury after he leaves office next January. Ray refuses to discuss that. But in a wide-ranging interview last week, he made it clear he's more than a caretaker. He's required to deliver final reports on the whole inventory of Clinton scandals, and it's not just a writing job. "The investigation continues," he says.


We've been following with interest, although not much education, speculation as to exactly what was in those two 26-foot long moving trucks that took the Clintons to Westchester County. Admittedly, given the Clintons' champagne tastes, it's a little hard to conjure up a vision of them eating dinner at a 17-year-old Scan dining room table, but as of now we'll just assume they've gone retro on us. Meanwhile, this MSNBC story by Jeannette Walls from last June may prove of interest:

MSNBC: Some people in the art world are outraged that Hillary Rodham Clinton solicited some artists' work for 'permanent display' in the White House and now plans to turn the pieces over to the Clinton Library. In 1993, Hillary Clinton¹s social secretary, Ann Stock, approached more than 70 of the country¹s top artisans, asking them to donate a specific piece or series of pieces for a collection that would become the first permanent White House Crafts Collection. The pieces would form part of a traveling exhibit, Stock told the artisans, and then, unless the artists wanted them back, they would 'be displayed in a prominent location in the White House at various events throughout the years' . . . After the pieces were in hand, however, the first lady was informed that the White House has a policy that prohibits it from accepting works by living artists (except for those who paint the portraits of the presidents and first ladies). Faced with this dilemma, the Clintons decided a perfect home for the pricey art would be the Clinton Library.

JERRY SEPER, WASHINGTON TIMES: A former Clinton administration staffer says first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton was responsible for the hiring of much of the White House's political staff, including D. Craig Livingstone, the former security chief at the heart of the "Filegate" scandal. "It was widely known at the Clinton White House that Hillary Clinton was running things and was responsible for the hiring of the political staff, such as Livingstone," Deborah Perroy said in a sworn affidavit in a pending lawsuit in the "Filegate" case . . . Mrs. Clinton and other top White House officials have denied in sworn court depositions and in testimony before House and Senate investigating committees that the first lady had any involvement in "Filegate" abuses or Mr. Livingstone's work at the executive mansion.


WORLDNET DAILY: A Los Angeles attorney is criticizing the Office of Independent Counsel for failing to act on his Freedom of Information Act request to see the original copy of a two-page medical report -- which reportedly contains controversial information -- on the death of former White House Counsel Vincent Foster. Attorney Allan J. Favish is interested in viewing the original Foster medical report, authored by Dr. Donald Haut -- the only medical doctor to evaluate Foster after his death -- because, he says, the report is "internally contradictory." The Haut Report, as it is known, was signed July 20, 1993 -- the day Foster died. Favish claims the report said the fatal shot was "mouth-to-head," but that page two of the report describes the shot as "mouth-to-neck."



The White House was turned over to Vogue recently to celebrate its "millenium issue." Reports the Washingtonian Magazine, "A White House insider cannot remember any other time a corporation used the executive mansion in that way." Cover charge: a mere $25,000 donated by Vogue to one of Hillary Clinton's charities.


JERRY SEPER AND ANDREW CAIN, THE WASHINGTON TIMES: The White House is angry with FBI Director Louis J. Freeh over his public endorsement of two former independent counsels, but Republicans yesterday warned President Clinton against any move to fire or further isolate the director. Congressional Republicans said they would not tolerate any decision by the administration to remove the veteran law enforcement official or to isolate him to the point that it affected the FBI.


NEWSMAX: Kenneth Starr says that FBI agents who interviewed Juanita Broaddrick believed she was telling the truth when she claimed President Clinton raped her 21 years ago. "The investigators found her entirely credible," Starr told a gathering of reporters on Friday. Only Cox News Service's Julia Malone reported the former independent counsel's comments on the rape charge, breaking ranks with her Washington press corps colleagues who ignored the development ... Last January 20th the 55 year-old Arkansas nursing home operator told NBC's Lisa Myers that Clinton had brutally raped her when he was the state's attorney general. But the network held Broaddrick's story for more than a month as the clock ran out on Clinton's impeachment trial. Calling Broaddrick's story "sobering to the point of devastating," Starr's remarks bolster arguments of critics who say that NBC deliberately sat on their exclusive report to save the Clinton presidency.

... Starr's positive assessment of Broaddrick's credibility blatantly contradicts reports that appeared in the Washington Post and the New York Daily News last December, at a time when House impeachment managers were weighing whether to call Broaddrick as a trial witness. Both newspapers printed erroneous assertions that Broaddrick's FBI interrogators found her account "inconclusive."
Sources close to the investigation have confirmed to that it was Broaddrick's account, and not Clinton's attempted cover-up of consensual sex in the Oval Office, that convinced up to 40 wavering House members to impeach the President.



"The sum of Mr. Starr's faults constituted a mere shadow of the villainy of which he was regularly accused. The larger picture is that Mr. Starr pursued his mandates in the fact of a relentless and dishonorable smear campaign directed against him by the White House. He delivered factually rigorous answers to the questions posed him and, for the most part, brought credible indictments and obtained appropriate convictions .... At the end of the day Mr. Starr got a lot of things right." -- Washington Post editorial

JERRY SEPER, WASHINGTON TIMES: When the Democratic National Committee welcomed Johnny Chung and a guest to a 1996 fund-raiser for President Clinton, the DNC knew the guest was not only a Chinese businesswoman but also a high-ranking officer in the People's Liberation Army. Federal law enforcement authorities told The Washington Times yesterday that DNC chairman and former Army 2nd lieutenant Donald L. Fowler, in a previously undisclosed conversation, even joked with Liu Chao-ying before the Los Angeles fund-raiser that as a lieutenant colonel herself and the daughter of China's top general, she outranked him. The White House, which ignored warnings from its own national security advisers that Chung was a "hustler" and should be kept away from the president, has said it was unaware of Col. Liu's background or her ties to the PLA.



NEW YORK TIMES: A former Democratic official has testified that Terence McAuliffe, President Clinton's friend and chief fund-raiser, played a major role in promoting an illegal scheme in which Democratic donors were to contribute to the Teamster president's re-election campaign, and in exchange the Teamsters were to donate large sums to the Democrats. The official, Richard Sullivan, the Democratic National Committee's former finance director, testified in Manhattan at the trial of William Hamilton, the Teamsters former political director, that McAuliffe urged him and other fund-raisers to find a rich Democrat to donate at least $50,000 to the 1996 re-election campaign of Ron Carey, the former Teamsters president. During the three-week-long trial, Sullivan testified that McAuliffe had said that if a Democratic donor made a large contribution to the Carey campaign, then the Teamsters would contribute at least $500,000 to various Democratic Party committees . . . McAuliffe's lawyer, Richard Ben-Veniste, said his client had done nothing wrong.

SARAH FOSTER, WORLDNET DAILY: A three-judge federal panel unsealed a 511-page report, submitted by Kenneth Starr grand jury witness Patrick Knowlton in June, which -- in the view of its authors -- presents incontrovertible evidence of conspiracy and cover-up by the Justice Department and the Office of the Independent Counsel in connection with their investigations into Vincent Foster's death .... At the same time, the panel -- headed by David B. Sentelle, with Richard D. Cudahy and Peter T. Fay -- denied Knowlton's request that this report be attached as an amendment to the Interim Report on the investigation of Foster's death, which was released Oct. 10, 1997. There has been no final report .... Knowlton's report is, in fact, an expansion of an earlier 20-page filing, also by Knowlton -- comprised of a nine-page letter and 11 pages of exhibits -- which had been accepted by the same panel as an attachment to the Starr Report .... Knowlton's two reports are built on charges developed in a civil suit he filed Oct. 25, 1996, charging FBI agents, U.S. Park Police employees and others with obstruction of justice, witness intimidation, and personal harassment. An amended complaint was filed last October adding defendants and additional information. The civil rights suit was dismissed Sept. 9. Today Knowlton was expected to file a motion to reconsider that ruling while he prepares to appeal the ruling.



Bruce Babbitt has joined Michael Espy in escaping criminal sanctions thanks in part to a law that requires a specific quid pro quo to qualify a payoff as an indictable bribe. The media, as with Espy, reported the prosecutor's decision as an exoneration of Babbitt without mentioning that the law that exonerated him is itself deeply corrupt.

Special prosecutor Carol Elder Bruce said in her report on Babbitt that the evidence did not support a finding of a criminal "quid pro quo -- an explicit agreement between any opponent of the casino application and any government official involved in the .... decision to perform an official act in exchange for a political contribution."

In other words, unless a politician is dumb enough to leave a certified trail of quid pro quos, it is legal under federal law for them to take bribes.

On the other hand, a federal court earlier this year reinstated the conviction of a Tyson Foods executive accused of providing illegal gifts to former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy. Why? Because he had violated the Meat Inspection Act, passed early this century before lawyers got around to redefining the meaning of bribery. Espy himself, who was tried under more modern law, got off.

The two cases, among other things, illustrate how the media has become hostage to official newspeak, joining lawyers and politicians in fostering perverted meaning. If reporters had gone to the dictionary they would have found that as far back as 1528, bribery meant simply "to influence corruptly, by a consideration." Other definitions, offered by the Oxford English Dictionary, describe bribery as "a reward given to pervert the judgment or corrupt the conduct" of someone (1535), and "to gain over by some influence."(1595). Quid pro quo is not mentioned.

And speaking of definitions, an act does not have to be illegal to be corrupt.


In 1987 two boys are killed in Saline County, Arkansas, and left on a railroad track to be run over by a train. The initial finding of joint suicide was punctured by dogged investigators whose efforts are repeatedly blocked by law enforcement officials. Although no one was ever charged, the trail led into the penumbra of the Dixie Mafia and the Arkansas political machine. Some believe the boys died because they accidentally intercepted a drug drop, but information obtained by TPR suggests the drop may have dispensed not just drugs but cash, gold and platinum -- one of some 50 sorties through which those working with US intelligence were being reimbursed. According to this version, the boys were blamed in order to cover up the theft of the drop by persons within the Dixie Mafia and Arkansas political machine.

In any case, this story is infinitely more important than, say, what happened to a precocious little girl in Boulder. Yet while the latter story has received a grotesque inundation of coverage, the train death tale has been uniformly ignored by the major media, with a few exceptions such as the Wall Street Journal.

Now Mara Leveritt, award-winning columnist for the Arkansas Times has written a book about the incident, published by St, Martin's Press, which will be in bookstores in a few weeks. Kirkus Reviews calls it "a wrecking-ball tale of tragedy, malfeasance, and machine politics authentically shocking, deeply unsettling." We haven't seen the book yet, but judging from Leveritt's prior work, this is definitely one to read.



A freedom of information request to the Office of Independent Counsel for the forensic report on Vincent Foster by Dr. Henry Lee was approved on July 20. Indefatigable independent investigator Hugh Sprunt estimated the charge for the applicable pages and sent in an identical request along with a check for $27.60. On August 11, he received a letter saying the material was exempt from disclosure and that he couldn't have it.

In a well-argued defense of his operation as special counsel, Kenneth Starr told a Virginia Chamber of Commerce that both Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter, in contrast with Clinton, had responded to investigations of their administrations by waiving legal privileges, making staffers available for questioning, and turning over requested documents. He said he hoped in the future that Carter's approach would be used as a model for presidential behavior.

WALL STREET JOURNAL: The FBI questioned [John] Huang extensively about whether Lippo fronted in the U.S. for Chinese-government interests because of business ties between the company and government-controlled China Resources Corp., long a subject of interest for investigators. In 1985, the FBI interrogation record says, China Resources allegedly paid for a Lippo-organized trip to Asia by then-Arkansas Gov. Clinton. In 1992 and 1993, according to the FBI, China Resources bought a large number of shares in Lippo-controlled Hong Kong Chinese Bank, for about 80% of equity. And a China Resources purchase of shares in Lippo itself, Mr. Huang said, saved Lippo from bankruptcy during a real-estate downturn.

The FBI says Mr. Huang called that deal an explicit agreement for favors from Lippo, but "Huang did not know what the 'quid pro quo' was for having China Resources as a partner." The FBI says, though, that China Resources was controlled by the Ministry of Foreign Trade and Economic Cooperation, the primary lobbying agent for most-favored-nation trade status for China.

TPR: To put this in perspective, here are some other things, not mentioned by the WSJ, that were going on in the 1980s around the time of Clinton trip to Asia.

Mochtar Riady forms Lippo Finance & Investment in Little Rock. A non-citizen, Riady hires Carter's former SBA director, Vernon Weaver, to chair the firm. The launch is accomplished with the aid of a $2 million loan guaranteed by the SBA. Weaver uses Governor Clinton as a character reference to help get the loan guarantee. First loan goes to Little Rock Chinese restaurant owner Charlie Trie.
State regulators warn McDougal's Madison Guarantee S&L to stop making imprudent loans. Gov. Clinton is also warned of the problem but takes no action.

Riady buys a stake in the Worthen holding company whose assets include the Stephens-controlled Worthen Bank. Price: $16 million. Other Worthen co-owners will eventually include BCCI investor Abdullah Taha Bakhish.

Arkansas state pension funds -- deposited in Worthen by Governor Bill Clinton -- suddenly lose 15% of their value because of the failure of high risk, short-term investments and the brokerage firm that bought them. The $52 million loss is covered by a Worthen check written by Jack Stephens in the middle of the night, an insurance policy, and the subsequent purchase over the next few months of 40% of the bank by Mochtar Riady. Clinton and Worthen escape a major scandal.

Mochtar's son James comes back to Arkansas to manage Worthen as president. He bonds with Clinton and Charlie Trie. Lippo executive and Chinese native John Huang becomes active in Lippo's operations in Arkansas. Mochtar and James Riady engineer the takeover of the First National Bank of Mena in a town of 5,000 with few major assets beyond a Contra supply base, drug running and money-laundering operations.

Further, last spring we reported:

The Clinton crowd, which almost caused a disaster in the Arkansas state pension fund in the mid-1980s by its risky investments, is at it again according to Investor's Business Daily and the American Spectator. The state teachers' fund has put large sums into four companies with strong links to Chinese intelligence and the People's Liberation Army, including the China Ocean Shipping Co., China North Industries, China Resources Enterprises and China Travel. Some of these firms are also linked to Indonesian Clinton crony Mochtar Riady. The system owns nearly $2 million worth of stock in a COSCO subsidiary. Says Charles Altmon of the highly rated Growth Stock Outlook newsletter, who manages portfolios worth $130 million, the pension fund investments are "downright foolish."

In November 1998, TPR reported:

Four of Panama's ports are controlled by a company partially owned by Hutchinson-Whampoa Ltd., which in turn is owned by Li Ka-Shing, a billionaire so close to the Chinese power structure that he was offered the governorship of Hong Kong. Another owner of the Panamanian ports is China Resources Enterprise, which has been called an "agent of espionage" by Senator Fred Thompson. CRE is also a partner of the Lippo Group, owned by the Riady family that has played a central if mysterious role in the rise of William Clinton. According to congressional testimony by ex-JCS chief Admiral Thomas Moorer, Hutchinson-Whampoa has the right to pilot all ships thought the Panama Canal, including US Naval vessels.

From a Fox News interview by Paula Zahn with Kenneth Starr, as reported by Newsmax:

ZAHN: Is there a lot more about this investigation that we're not privy to, that we're going to hear more about in the months to come? Or do we basically know all the major facts?

STARR: No, you do not. There are still aspects of the investigation that are underway. I can't comment on them. It's now out of my hands and in the good hands of [newly appointed Independent Counsel] Bob Ray. So I would just say, let's allow him to do his work in a professional way.

ZAHN: Can you tell us if any of that information you've been privy to could possibly lead to more indictments?

STARR: I don't think I should be commenting with respect to that. But there were active phases of the investigation when I was still the independent counsel. But that's now three weeks ago.

ZAHN: Is it fair to say, if Hillary Clinton had done anything wrong legally, she would have been indicted by now? Is she off the hook?

STARR: Well, with respect to the first part of the question the short answer is prosecutors have to determine, and it's a tough determination, that there is evidence admissible in court that would convince a fair-minded jury to convict beyond a reasonable doubt. Prosecutors typically say there's a difference between what we know and what we can prove beyond a reasonable doubt.

ZAHN: So what does that mean? Is she home free and clear?

STARR: I'm going to leave it right there. But the investigation does continue in certain aspects and it's in very good hands with Bob Ray.


Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee has commuted Sharlene Wilson's 31-year sentence after she served most of the Clinton administration in jail for having delivered small quantities of drugs. In 1994 Wilson described Clinton's alleged cocaine use to the London Sunday Telegraph. The prosecutor who sent her to jail was her ex-boyfriend Dan Harmon, who apparently sandbagged the investigation into the Arkansas train deaths and later ended up in prison himself on drug, racketeering, and extortion charges.

Here's what the Telegraph's Ambrose Evans Pritchard has written about Wilson:

She told The Sunday Telegraph that she had supplied Bill Clinton with cocaine during his first term as Governor. "Bill was so messed up that night, he slid down the wall into a garbage can," she said. The story has credibility because she told it under oath to a federal grand jury in Little Rock in December 1990. At the time she was an informant for the Seventh Judicial District drug task force in Arkansas. Jean Duffey, the prosecutor in charge of the task force, talked to Wilson days after her grand jury appearance.

"She was terrified. She said her house was being watched and she'd made a big mistake," said Duffey. "That was when she told me she'd testified about seeing Bill Clinton get so high on cocaine he fell into a garbage can . . . I have no doubt that she was telling the truth." Shortly after Wilson's testimony the drug task force was closed down. Duffey was hounded out of her job and now lives at a secret address in Texas.

Wilson was charged with drug violations. In 1992 she was sentenced to 31 years for selling half an ounce of marijuana and $100 worth of methamphetamine to an informant .... With the help of a brilliant Arkansas lawyer, John Wesley Hall, her case went all the way to the US Supreme Court. Finding a violation of her constitutional rights, the court ordered the state of Arkansas to give Wilson a fresh trial or set her free.

NEWSMAX: A law enforcement source confirmed that no fewer than six armed FBI agents were on hand to protect Johnny Chung as he spoke [at a Judicial Watch event]. His wife and daughter were seated just feet away as he addressed the standing-room-only crowd .... Chung remains the only figure whose testimony links the Clinton campaign fundraising scandal directly to Chinese espionage. The Chinese businessman has told investigators how General Ji Shengde, then head of Chinese military intelligence, personally offered Chung $300,000 to funnel into Clinton campaign coffers with these words: "We like your president. We want to see him re-elected" .... "Since I've begun to tell the truth, my whole family has been under government protection," Chung told the crowd.


John Huang is not likely to prove to be the Sammy Gravano of the Clinton mob, but he certainly has some interesting stories to tell with his newly gained immunity. These stories go back at least as far as 1985 and, based on what is already known, provide a picture of Chinese and Indonesian interests seizing on a small, corrupt, and drug-heavy state -- complete with an easily bought governor -- to use as a launching pad for various legal and illegal activities in America. As Andrea Harter of the Arkansas Gazette would later writes, "In 1992, when Bill Clinton was elected president, the sun rose on a new day in Jakarta." Here is some of what we know so far:


Arkansas state pension funds -- deposited in Worthen Bank by Governor Clinton -- suddenly lose 15% of their value because of the failure of high risk, short-term investments and the brokerage firm that bought them. The $52 million loss is covered by a check written by Worthen boss Jack Stephens in the middle of the night, an insurance policy, and the subsequent purchase over the next few months of 40% of the bank by Mochtar Riady, an Indonesian billionaire who has befriended Clinton. Clinton and Worthen escape a major scandal.

Mochtar's son James comes to Arkansas to manage Worthen as president. He bonds with Clinton and Charlie Trie.

Executive of Riady's Lippo Group, Chinese native John Huang, becomes active in Lippo's operations in Arkansas. He will become James Riady's right-hand man.

Mochtar and James Riady engineer the takeover of the First National Bank of Mena in a town of 5,000 with few major assets beyond a CIA-Contra supply base, drug running and money-laundering operations.


Al Gore goes to Asia with Huang while a senator from Tennessee. The trip is funded by Fo Kwang Shan, the Buddhist organization that runs the temple where the Democratic National Committee will later receive checks from some curiously political nuns.


James Riady takes over operations of a new branch of the Lippo Bank, working with now Hong Kong Lippo executive John Huang.


With Jackson Stephens, Mochtar Riady buys BCCI's former Hong Kong subsidiary from its liquidators.

China Resources Company Ltd begins buying stock in the Hong Kong Chinese Bank at 15% below market value. Intelligence sources later report that the firm is really a front for Chinese military intelligence.


James Riady flies from Indonesia to Los Angeles to attend a fundraiser. He gives $100,000 and takes a limousine ride with then-Governor Clinton. According to federal investigators, Riady promises to raise one million dollars for Bill Clinton's presidential campaign. More than $700,000 will be raised.

Huang and James Riady then arrange to have hundreds of thousands of dollars in contributions funneled through Lippo Group employees and subsidiaries. Most of the employees don't live in the United States.


January: Huang and James Riady give $100,000 to Clinton's inaugural fund.

February: Huang arranges private meeting between Mochtar Riady and Clinton at which Riady presses for renewal of China's 'most favored nation" status and a relaxation of economic sanctions.

June: China's 'most favored nation' status is renewed. Price being paid by China Resources company Ltd. for Lippo's Hong Kong Chinese Bank jumps to 50% above market value. The Riadys make $163 million.


Ron Brown goes to China with an unprecedented $5.5 billion in deals ready to be signed according to a congressional investigator. Included is a $1 billion deal for the Clinton-friendly Arkansas firm, Entergy Corporation, to manage and expand Lippo's power plant in northern China. It also will get contracts to build power plants in Indonesia.

Brown and agents of John Huang orchestrate meetings between Bernard Schwartz, the Chinese government and business leaders. Later Schwartz will tell the Washington Post that the mission "helped open doors that were not open before."

In April Webster Hubbell resigns from the Justice Department under allegations of fraud. After quitting and before going to jail, Hubbell is a busy man. He meets with Hillary Clinton, and follows up by getting together with John Huang, James Riady, and Ng Lapseng. Riady and Huang go to the White House every day from June 21 to June 25, according to White House records. Hubbell has breakfast and lunch with Riady on June 23. Four days later -- and one week after Hubbell's meeting with Hillary -- the Hong Kong Chinese Bank, jointly owned by Lippo and the Chinese military intelligence services, sends $100,000 to Hubbell.

Here is the president's response to a news conference question about whether the Lippo Group's hiring of Webb Hubbell after he resigned from the Justice Department and shortly before he went to jail wasn't a bit suspicious. We have numbered Clinton's denials: "(1)Well, first of all, I didn't know about it. (2) To the best of my recollection, I didn't know anything about his having that job until I read about it in the press. (3) And I can't imagine who could have ever arranged to do something improper like that and no one around here know about it. (4) And I can tell you categorically that that did not happen. (5) I knew nothing about it -- no -- none of us did -- before it happened. (6) And I didn't personally know anything about it till I read about it in the press . . . (7) And I am just telling you it's not so."

Two weeks after the Lippo money is given to Hubbell, former Lippo banker Huang gets a job at the Commerce Department as Assistant Secretary. Huang quits the Lippo Group with a golden parachute of around $800,000. Commerce Secretary Ron Brown orders top secret clearance for Huang. Huang's new position determines technology transfers to such places as Indonesia and China. Huang is briefed 37 times on encryption communications by the CIA while working at the Commerce Department. Immediately after each briefing, Huang walks across the street to the Lippo/Stephens Group offices and to make long distance phone calls and send faxes to points unknown. Huang and his wife will subsequently take the Fifth Amendment and refuse to testify at Senate Congressional hearings. New York Daily News will later report that US intelligence officials have told the White House and Congress that Huang passed classified trade information to his Indonesian ex-bosses.

Some believe Huang's move to Commerce is instigated by Hillary Clinton. Says one source to the London Times: "He was not Ron Brown's guy, and his presence caused intense conflict. Huang was carrying water for the White House." Huang will visit the White House about 70 times.

Investors Business Daily reports: "President Clinton's appointee to a critical seat on the board of the Export-Import Bank has close ties to a crooked fund-raiser linked to China. China is Ex-Im Bank's second-largest customer. During the Clinton years, the bank has given more than $5.5 billion in loans to China to help it buy U.S. technology and equipment for power plants and other projects. The loans were OK'd despite proof that China sold nuclear-related equipment to Pakistan and other countries that worry U.S. security experts. The White House hopes the Senate will quickly confirm D. Vanessa Weaver to fill one of three vacant seats on Ex-Im's five-member board .... Weaver and Huang exchanged at least 26 phone calls over a 17-month period in 1994 and 1995, records show .... Huang explains that Weaver and he are just 'good friends.' And later will take the Fifth when asked about her in a deposition.

With administration approval, ATT sells its secure communications system to the Chinese Army. The export is called "Hua Mei." Thus the Chinese Army gets the secure communications equipment that even the American public can't. Further, the Chinese reconfigure the Hua Mei technology and re-export it to Iraq where it is used for air defense against US aircraft. While Huang's name has not been directly linked to this project, it was the sort of thing his Chinese bosses were up to. Among those who were involved along the way was William Hambrecht, a major investor in Salon magazine, former Defense Secretary William Perry, and former Senator Adlai Stevenson. [For a chart of this extraordinary deal, see]

Clinton also authorizes a Chinese Army lab to obtain designs similar to the Clipper chip. The exchange is done in the guise of law enforcement cooperation between the Department of justice and the Chinese police. Writes Charles Smith of Softwar newsletter: "Bill Clinton and Janet Reno have given the Communists the ability to track every Chinese citizen."

James Riady tells the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette: "I think the idea of having President Clinton from Arkansas in the White House shouldn't be underestimated."


Operating with an interim top secret clearance (but without FBI investigation or foreign security check) Huang requests several top secret files on China just before a meeting with the Chinese ambassador.

Huang and the Riadys hold a meeting with Clinton. Not long after, Huang goes to work as a Democratic fundraiser, becoming a vice chairman, but remains on Commerce's payroll as a $10,000 a month consultant and retains his top secret clearance. William Safire will later ask: "Why does a Democratic party fund-raiser need top-secret clearance.?"


John Huang gets off with a $10,000 fine and 500 hours of community service. When Judicial Watch gets a court order to make Huang to appear at a second deposition, he invokes the 5th Amendment over 1,000 times. James Riady has yet to be indicted.


Clinton's Peronist tendencies are coming to the fore in the waning day of his regime, witness the growing reliance on unconstitutional executive orders to circumvent the legislative system. Clinton has issued more executive orders than any other president. His former advisor Paul Begala was quoted in the New York Times last year as saying, "Stroke of the pen. Law of the Land. Kinda cool." And just recently the US News & World Report brought word that "Clinton plans a series of executive orders and changes to federal rules that he can sign into law without first getting the OK from GOP naysayers. Since it's [John] Podesta's idea, aides have dubbed it 'Project Podesta.' The namesake told our Kenneth T. Walsh: 'There's a pretty wide sweep of things we're looking to do, and we're going to be very aggressive in pursuing it.'"

The liberal wing of the Democratic Party and the media have been largely disinterested in challenging Clinton on this assault on constitutional democracy, but for those still concerned, it may be useful to recall a time when liberals did not let themselves be cuckolded so easily by a Democratic president, in this case Harry Truman. The Legal Information Center of Cornell Law School sets the scene:

*** To avert a nationwide strike of steel workers in April 1952, which he believed would jeopardize national defense, the President issued an Executive Order directing the Secretary of Commerce to seize and operate most of the steel mills. The Order was not based upon any specific statutory authority, but was based generally upon all powers vested in the President by the Constitution and laws of the United States and as President of the United States and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. The Secretary issued an order seizing the steel mills and directing their presidents to operate them as operating managers for the United States in accordance with his regulations and directions. The President promptly reported these events to Congress; but Congress took no action. It had provided other methods of dealing with such situations, and had refused to authorize governmental seizures of property to settle labor disputes. The steel companies sued the Secretary in a Federal District Court, praying for a declaratory judgment and injunctive relief. The District Court issued a preliminary injunction, which the Court of Appeals stayed ***

The Supreme Court overruled Truman in an opinion written by Justice Black with concurring opinions by Justices Frankfurter, Jackson and Douglas, hardly your average gang of right-wing extremists. Here are some excepts from the court's decision:

*** The President's power, if any, to issue the order must stem either from an act of Congress or from the Constitution itself. There is no statute that expressly authorizes the President to take possession of property as he did here. Nor is there any act of Congress to which our attention has been directed from which such a power can fairly be implied. Indeed, we do not understand the Government to rely on statutory authorization for this seizure ....

Moreover, the use of the seizure technique to solve labor disputes in order to prevent work stoppages was not only unauthorized by any congressional enactment; prior to this controversy, Congress had refused to adopt that method of settling labor disputes ....

It is clear that, if the President had authority to issue the order he did, it must be found in some provision of the Constitution. And it is not claimed that express constitutional language grants this power to the President. The contention is that presidential power should be implied from the aggregate of his powers under the Constitution ....

The order cannot properly be sustained as an exercise of the President's military power as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces. The Government attempts to do so by citing a number of cases upholding broad powers in military commanders engaged in day-to-day fighting in a theater of war. Such cases need not concern us here. Even though "theater of war" be an expanding concept, we cannot with faithfulness to our constitutional system hold that the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces has the ultimate power as such to take possession of private property in order to keep labor disputes from stopping production. This is a job for the Nation's lawmakers, not for its military authorities.

Nor can the seizure order be sustained because of the several constitutional provisions that grant executive power to the President. In the framework of our Constitution, the President's power to see that the laws are faithfully executed refutes the idea that he is to be a lawmaker. The Constitution limits his functions in the lawmaking process to the recommending of laws he thinks wise and the vetoing of laws he thinks bad. And the Constitution is neither silent nor equivocal about who shall make laws which the President is to execute. The first section of the first article says that "All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States. . . ." After granting many powers to the Congress, Article I goes on to provide that Congress may make all Laws which shall be necessary and proper for carrying into Execution the foregoing Powers, and all other Powers vested by this Constitution in the Government of the United States, or in any Department or Officer thereof.

The President's order does not direct that a congressional policy be executed in a manner prescribed by Congress -- it directs that a presidential policy be executed in a manner prescribed by the President .... The power of Congress to adopt such public policies as those proclaimed by the order is beyond question. It can authorize the taking of private property for public use. It can make laws regulating the relationships between employers and employees, prescribing rules designed to settle labor disputes, and fixing wages and working conditions in certain fields of our economy. The Constitution does not subject this lawmaking power of Congress to presidential or military supervision or control.

It is said that other Presidents, without congressional authority, have taken possession of private business enterprises in order to settle labor disputes. But even if this be true, Congress has not thereby lost its exclusive constitutional authority to make laws necessary and proper to carry out the powers vested by the Constitution ....

The Founders of this Nation entrusted the lawmaking power to the Congress alone in both good and bad times. It would do no good to recall the historical events, the fears of power, and the hopes for freedom that lay behind their choice. Such a review would but confirm our holding that this seizure order cannot stand. ***

*** MR. JUSTICE DOUGLAS, concurring: There can be no doubt that the emergency which caused the President to seize these steel plants was one that bore heavily on the country. But the emergency did not create power; it merely marked an occasion when power should be exercised. And the fact that it was necessary that measures be taken to keep steel in production does not mean that the President, rather than the Congress, had the constitutional authority to act. The Congress, as well as the President, is trustee of the national welfare. The President can act more quickly than the Congress. The President, with the armed services at his disposal, can move with force, as well as with speed. All executive power -- from the reign of ancient kings to the rule of modern dictators -- has the outward appearance of efficiency.

Legislative power, by contrast, is slower to exercise. There must be delay while the ponderous machinery of committees, hearings, and debates is put into motion. That takes time, and, while the Congress slowly moves into action, the emergency may take its toll in wages, consumer goods, war production, the standard of living of the people, and perhaps even lives. Legislative action may indeed often be cumbersome, time-consuming, and apparently inefficient. But, as Mr. Justice Brandeis stated in his dissent in Myers v. United States, "The doctrine of the separation of powers was adopted by the Convention of 1787 not to promote efficiency, but to preclude the exercise of arbitrary power. The purpose was not to avoid friction, but, by means of the inevitable friction incident to the distribution of the governmental powers among three departments, to save the people from autocracy" ....

The great office of President is not a weak and powerless one. The President represents the people, and is their spokesman in domestic and foreign affairs. The office is respected more than any other in the land. It gives a position of leadership that is unique. The power to formulate policies and mould opinion inheres in the Presidency and conditions our national life. The impact of the man and the philosophy he represents may at times be thwarted by the Congress. Stalemates may occur when emergencies mount and the Nation suffers for lack of harmonious, reciprocal action between the White House and Capitol Hill. That is a risk inherent in our system of separation of powers ....

We pay a price for our system of checks and balances, for the distribution of power among the three branches of government. It is a price that today may seem exorbitant to many. Today, a kindly President uses the seizure power to effect a wage increase and to keep the steel furnaces in production. Yet tomorrow, another President might use the same power to prevent a wage increase, to curb trade unionists, to regiment labor as oppressively as industry thinks it has been regimented by this seizure. ***

Truman, to his credit, did not attempt to further thwart the law. Clinton, on the other hand, has repeatedly shown contempt for the law and the Constitution in both his executive and personal behavior. In this Clinton has more in common with King James II than with his presidential predecessors. James was eventually overthrown and with him the idea of an absolute monarch. One year later King William III gave his assent to a guaranteed constitutional government.

Today, the leader in Congress for the restoration of constitutional government is the libertarian Rep. Ron Paul. He has introduced a measure -- HR 2655 -- that would limit executive orders to directing executive branch employees in carrying out authorized activities. It would also give legal standing to members of Congress and average citizens to bring court cases against an administration if an executive order deprives them of their rights or harms them economically.

It also repeals the 1973 War Powers Resolution, returning exclusive authority to Congress to declare national emergencies, while repealing all "national emergencies" currently on the books -- most dating from the late 1970s and early 1980s.

UPI: The Commerce Department is investigating whether two U.S. supercomputers exported to an unnamed country may now be in the hands of a military possibly bent on developing nuclear weapons, a General Accounting Office report said Wednesday. The GAO said the country is not China, which nevertheless imported 191 supercomputers from the United States last year but is blocking the Commerce Department from verifying how all but one of them are used. Supercomputers are considered key components in the development of modern nuclear weapons.


President Clinton has declared this to be "National Character Counts Week," issuing a proclamation that reads in part: "The character of our citizens has enriched every aspect of our national life and has set an example of civic responsibility for people around the world."

Junket Update

-- Cost of Clinton's trips to Africa, Chile and China: $72 million.
-- Cost of Kenneth Starr's investigation: $47 million
-- Amount of President's trips that were charged to the Defense budget: $61 million
-- Number of persons on China trip: 510 Chile trip: 592. African trip: 1,300
-- Number of persons on Bush's trip to China, 1989: 374
-- Average days per year Bush was out of the country: 21.5
-- Average days per year Clinton was out of the country: 27.6

[GAO, Human Events]


Major media, led by the NYT and Washington Post, continue to misreport the facts of the Michael Espy case in a way that smears the highly credible efforts of special prosecutor Dan Smaltz and his staff, including Robert Ray, who is taking over Kenneth Starr's job.

For example, here's the latest account from the NYT:

"Mr. Espy was indicted on charges of taking illegal gifts, but after a lengthy and expensive investigation and trial, Mr. Espy was acquitted of all charges. But Mr. Ray was the lead prosecutor in the case against Archie Schaffer, a senior employee at Tyson Foods, the huge Arkansas-based poultry producer. Mr. Schaffer was convicted of two counts of providing illegal gifts to Mr. Espy. The trial judge threw out both convictions, but an appeals court reinstated one of the counts."

Now here are some of the facts papers like the Post and the Times routinely omit:

-- While Espy, charged under a corrupt law that makes conviction, was acquitted, Tyson Foods copped a plea in the same case, paying $6 million in fines and serving four years' probation. The charge: that Tyson had illegally offered Espy $12,000 in airplane rides, football tickets and other payoffs. Espy got off because the law makes it easier to convict a briber than a bribee. As the Washington Times put it, "Intent by the companies who gave him the gifts did not matter in the decision."

-- In the Espy investigation, Smaltz obtained 15 convictions and collected over $11 million in fines and civil penalties. Offenses for which convictions were obtained included false statements, concealing money from prohibited sources, illegal gratuities, illegal contributions, falsifying records, interstate transportation of stolen property, money laundering, and illegal receipt of USDA subsidies.

-- Schaffer was convicted under the stricter provisions of the Meat Inspection Act. The charge: illegal gifts of $8,500 to Espy.

-- Janet Reno blocked Smaltz from pursuing leads aimed at allegations of major drug trafficking in Arkansas and payoffs to the then governor of the state, W.J. Clinton.

-- Espy was made ag secretary only after being flown to Arkansas to get the approval of Don Tyson. In office, Espy backtracked on tougher chicken contamination standards.

-- Although the precise number of food poisoning cases is impossible to come by, US officials say the reported cases of chicken poisoning rose three-fold between 1988 and 1992.

In short, Espy received more than $20,000 in payoffs from a company that among other things, does so much business with the feds that its fine amounts to just 3% of its annual government contracts.

DRUDGE REPORT: President Clinton played a full 18 holes of golf on Sunday evening -- all by himself in the rain .... "It was odd, it was strange," [a] Clinton insider, who has known the president for more than 20 years, told the Drudge Report .... "I'm worried. It sounds completely out of character. Maybe he is working off stress, or he is using golf as a form of therapy or prevention" .... Secret Service agents and news media were given only minutes' notice before Clinton departed for the club. "He was playing in the pitch dark... he was swinging and wildly hitting balls everywhere," one pool reporter told an associate in the White House press room after the trip.



A confidential Ron Brown crash chronology has been obtained by Judicial Watch and it adds still more anomalies to the incident. For example, on page 6, a department official reports that "two individuals have been recovered alive from the crash." Heretofore only one person was known to have briefly survived the crash. On page 8 it says that the flight data record "has been located." The government has maintained there was no flight data recorder. And on page 10 there is talk of a discrepancy in the number of persons supposedly on board compared to the number of bodies fond.



Not only has former Arkansas state trooper Larry Patterson reported hearing Clinton used the term "nigger" but Dolly Kyle Browning says she heard Clinton repeatedly use the term as well.

Newsmax reports that Clinton's half-brother Roger was caught on a police surveillance video repeatedly using the word, at one point describing an altercation. Further, says Newsmax, in 1997 the White House threatened reporters in order to quash photos of Clinton wearing an Afro-wig while partying at a tony Martha's Vineyard soiree. And at a 1996 fundraiser the First Lady mimicked San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown in what the Los Angeles Times described as "a black accent."


Here is what Tony Coelho did, according to a State Department investigation:

-- Approved questionable contractor payments while directing the US pavilion at the 1998 World's Fair.
-- Hired his niece for a job.
-- Made the government liable for a $300,000 personal loan
-- Misused $210,000 in donated airline tickers
-- Hired two stepsons of the US ambassador to Portugal
-- Had the government reimburse $26,000 in questionable expenses to a consultant who worked in Coelho's office
-- Rented a chauffeur-driven Mercedes in excess of the budget ceiling while underusing six vans acquired for the pavilion.

Now admittedly, after seven years of a genuinely mobbed-up president, this may seem small stuff but if Vice President Gore is right in saying that "people that I talk to are not interested in inside baseball," then Washington's culture of impunity will undoubtedly survive the departure of the Clintons. The capital journalists we heard over the weekend were as dismissive as Gore. As they often say here, "Everybody does it."

But remember, these are highly trained professionals. We strongly warn our readers not to try anything illegal just because "everybody does it" until you are elected to public office, or hired a major media corporation or law firm.


SEATTLE TIMES: [Clinton] was smiling, shaking hands and socializing with reporters Friday night during the annual picnic for members of the White House press corps when a guest asked, "When are you going to have your next formal press conference, Mr. President?"

President Clinton kept shaking hands and after a few moments said: "I don't know. I'll have one."

The reporter, Paul Sperry, Washington bureau chief of Investor's Business Daily, asked, "When?"

The president replied, "Why?"

Sperry: "The American people have a lot of questions about illegal money from China and the campaign-finance scandal."

Suddenly, the president's mood changed, his face turned red and he launched into an argument that lasted nearly 10 minutes as he defended himself and the Democratic Party against allegations of Chinese attempts to influence the 1996 U.S. presidential election.

During the extraordinary exchange, Clinton suggested that Republicans were hypocrites on the subject of campaign-finance violations. He complained about the length and cost of the investigation and suggested that the FBI would prefer that the news media report on political funding irregularities rather than questions about the April 19, 1993, federal raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Texas. "We've spent $4 million and gave the (campaign-finance) task force millions of records and every shred of evidence, and they haven't found a thing," Clinton told Sperry, who is the new Washington bureau chief of Investor's Business Daily.


NEWSMAX INSIDE COVER: A State Department spokesperson told Inside Cover on Monday that it would be "a waste of taxpayers' money" to respond to questions raised by a newly uncovered log detailing Clinton administration actions after late Commerce Secretary Ron Brown's plane vanished from radar screens on April 3, 1996. The document, labeled "Confidential, Department of Commerce" and kept secret for more than three years, offers an internal government account of events on the day Brown died that is starkly different from the official government version on a number of key points. Among the most disturbing revelations is a log entry made April 3 at 9:40 pm Croatian time, an hour and twenty minutes after the plane's wreckage was discovered, which shows concern at the highest levels of the Clinton administration about videotaping at the crash site:

"Poloff Hovenier called to relay strong request from [Deputy Secretary of State] Strobe Talbott that HRT TV team in Dubrovnik not film at the crash site. DCM called state protocol chief Misetic who said he was already trying to get in touch with the team to stop it."

The "no video" entry was logged just 42 minutes after Ira Sokowitz, then a Commerce Department official who was in Sarajevo at the time, notified Washington that two passengers "have been recovered alive from the crash." One of those survivors was Tech. Sgt. Shelly Kelly, who later died while being transported to a Dubrovnik hospital. Sokowitz's report of a second impact survivor became known only when Judicial Watch released the secret Commerce Department log to Inside Cover on Friday. The alleged survivor's identity remains a mystery. It is not known how long he or she may have lived after rescuers reached the crash site.



When the Star announced that the DNA test of Danno Williams had come out negative, corporate commentators cited the incident as another example of the plot to get W.J. Clinton. The only problem was that the information the Star used was, according to a number of medical labs with which Newsmax has checked, insufficient to determine whether Williams was Clinton's baby or not.

Reports Newsmax: "Some press have ignored the claims of Danno's family because Danno's mother, Bobbie-Anne Williams, of Little Rock has a criminal record as a prostitute and drug addict. Williams has stated that in the mid-1980s then-Governor Clinton had encountered her at her home, near the governor's mansion, while out on a morning jog. The two had sex on several occasions and had also used cocaine, she said."

Now Larry Patterson, former state trooper and Clinton bodyguard, adds some interesting details. He has told Newsmax that he was ordered by Clinton to deliver Christmas gifts to the boy at his home in 1988 or 1989. According to Patterson, Clinton did not buy the gifts he gave to the boy, but swiped several that were to be given to Chelsea from friends of the Clintons.

Writes Newsmax: "Patterson said, that in addition to the gift giving, he became 'really suspicious' in 1992, during the presidential campaign, when the Williams' home was burglarized. The only items stolen were two photographs of the child, one of which had appeared in the Globe, a supermarket tabloid, alleging Clinton had fathered the child. 'This is a simple house burglary,' Patterson explained, yet it set off alarm bells in the governor's mansion. Patterson learned the burglary received priority attention from Clinton because Captain Buddy Young, who headed the governor's security detail, assisted the local Little Rock police in their investigation of the case. Patterson said it was 'unheard of' for a member of the security detail to work with local police on 'a simple house burglary investigation.'"

Young is currently a regional director of FEMA.


CHARLES SMITH, SOFTWAR According to his official Clinton White House intelligence report, Indonesian President B.J. Habibie is "the type of official needed today in developing countries." The recently declassified documents show that in 1993 Habibie requested to see "Vice President Gore, Secretary of State Christopher, Secretary of Energy O'Leary, National Economic Council Chairman Rubin and the White House Director of Science Technology Policy Gibbons." .... Habibie's report is identical in format to the official Clinton White House reports on the entire communist Chinese leadership which were provided by an unspecified "intelligence agency" .... The intelligence reports were given by the Clinton White House to corporate heads who accompanied Ron Brown on trade missions to the far east. The CEOs who received the intelligence reports included DNC donors such as Loral CEO Bernard Schwartz, Hughes CEO Michael Armstrong, investment banker Sanford Robertson and Mission Energy CEO John Bryson.



One of the unfortunate aspects of the Clinton scandals is the near total lack of endearing scoundrels of the sort that even the Mafia can occasionally produce. One much underrated exception is the Chinese bagman Johnny C. C. Chung, who recently developed his own web site complete with pictures of the week from his voluminous collection of images of various important people in the company of Johnny Chung. Last May, Chung testified before a House Committee, describing himself as a somewhat befuddled but well-meaning pawn of macro-politics. His testimony covers how a fax broadcast service owner became sought after by the White House, the DNC, various Chinese generals and officials, not to mention being called to a karaoke bar in the middle of the night to advise a Chinese-American on the lam from the US. Things seldom worked out quite right for Chung witness this tale:

"I next saw General Ji's wife when she came back to the United States with her son. I set up their attendance at a Presidential fundraiser - the "Back to the Future" event - at a California movie studio on October 17, 1996. I took my driver and secretary as well as the General's wife and Alex to meet the President. There was a mix-up with the DNC and my driver and secretary were given a private audience with the President while me and the General's wife and son were not included. While my driver and secretary were very appreciative, I was very upset."


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.... When Hillary Rodham Clinton's third and final choice for Attorney General was put in place, Janet Reno soon discovered the A.G. de facto was Mrs. Clinton's Arkansas law partner, Webster Hubbell: in the aftermath of the Branch Davidian disaster in Waco, Tex., it was the trusted Associate Attorney General Hubbell, not Reno, whom the White House consulted. The moment that revealed the distance between the third-choice A.G. and the President came when she told Tom Brokaw she was unable to talk to Bill Clinton immediately after the suicidal fire; instead, Webb Hubbell was the point of contact. -- William Safire, New York Times, June 20, 1993

Hubbell clearly is the chief link between Justice and the White House. He was in constant contact with Foster on Apr. 19, during the fiery end of the Waco crisis. And his ties with the other Rose alumni run deep. Hubbell, Foster, and Hillary -- all commercial litigators -- lunched together regularly, shared an avid interest in politics, and once invested their bonuses together in an unsuccessful partnership. Foster, 48, often covered for Clinton when she campaigned for her husband .... Those who know the Rose alumni say they're unlikely to abuse their new power." -- Business Week, May 24, 1993


WASHINGTON POST: Congressional Republicans opened a new front in their war on Attorney General Janet Reno yesterday, blasting the Justice Department for a plea bargain offering a 12 1/2- to 15-year sentence to a notorious Boston mobster who has confessed to committing 20 murders. House Majority Leader Richard K. Armey (R-Tex.) called on Reno to review the generous deal offered to hit man John Martorano, 58, who pleaded guilty yesterday to racketeering charges in federal court in Boston. U.S. Attorney Donald K. Stern gave Martorano the deal in exchange for his testimony against other New England gangsters, in a celebrated case that has deteriorated into a huge fiasco for the department .... During pretrial hearings, it became clear that for years, FBI agents gave Martorano's co-defendants, Winter Hill Gang leader James "Whitey" Bulger and sidekick Stephen "The Rifleman" Flemmi, a virtual free pass to commit crimes in exchange for information on other organized crime leaders in New England .... Bulger remains on the lam; some believe FBI agents tipped him off before his 1995 indictment. Flemmi has argued that he should be free as well because the FBI promised him immunity for his crimes; Judge Mark Wolf has essentially put the FBI on trial to investigate those claims.



-- In the 1992 Clinton campaign, what did you hire private detective Jack Paladin for? -- Did you give any instructions as to what Mr. Paladin was to say to women alleged to have affairs with Clinton? -- Did these instructions include the use of any threats or intimidation as has been reported? -- In your 1992 report exonerating the Clintons in the Whitewater matter, why did you overstate the Clintons investment, thus, as the Wall Street Journal's Paul Gigot put it, "making it appear as if the Clintons were as much at risk as Jim McDougal?" -- Do you still believe, as you stated then, that the Clintons were merely passive investors? -- What do you think of the ethics of the Whitewater project, which resulted in over half of the purchases losing their property because of the financing system used? -- What discussions did you have with either of the Clintons prior to writing your 1992 report? -- You slept overnight at the White House on July 2, 1993. At the time, as later reported by the American Spectator, the Travelgate scandal was warming up and Vince Foster was thinking about hiring "his close friend Lyons to be his own attorney" in the matter. What conversations did you have with Foster concerning this matter and is it true that you had been scheduled to meet with him the day after he died? -- You visited White House aide Bruce Lindsey on July 22, two days after Foster's death. What did you discuss? -- On October 25, 1993 you called Webb Hubbell leaving a message: "Be in town tomorrow, get together on wed or thurs to discuss/review WDC docs." Why did you need to discuss Whitewater with Hubbell at this time? What did the two of you talk about?

JERRY SEPER, WASHINGTON TIMES: FBI agents assigned to the campaign-finance task force told a Senate committee Justice Department officials blocked their efforts to pursue key investigative targets -- including information that Charles Yah Lin Trie was bringing in "duffel bags full of cash" to the Democratic Party. The agents, during nearly four hours of testimony before the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee, described Justice Department lawyers assigned to oversee the probe as non-aggressive prosecutors who sought to impede or delay the investigation with "ludicrous" restrictions .... The FBI disclosures, obtained under oath, come at a time that relations between the bureau and the Justice Department appear to be at an all-time low, following a decision by Miss Reno to send U.S. Marshals into FBI headquarters to seize records in the ongoing Waco investigation .... [The agents] told the committee that their Justice Department supervisor, Laura Ingersoll, who eventually was replaced as the campaign-finance probe's lead attorney, prevented them from executing search warrants they sought to stop the destruction of evidence. The agents said they were blocked from serving the search warrants because Miss Ingersoll did not believe they had established probable cause to show that a crime had been committed. The agents argued, however, that the probable cause standard set by Miss Ingersoll was more than was legally required. [One agent]also testified that .... Miss Ingersoll told the agents they should "not pursue any matter related to solicitation of funds for access to the president," adding that the reason given was: "That's the way the American political process works." .... Miss Ingersoll, called in a second session to testify before the committee, said there was "no smoking gun" in documents submitted by the FBI for the warrant -- although the agents argued that they had discovered in a trash search numerous check registers and other financial, business and travel documents that had been shredded. She argued that "nothing we saw indicated to us" there was "anything incriminating" in the documents.


PAUL GIGOT, WALL STREET JOURNAL: One of President Clinton's charms is his epic brazenness. Only a man of invincible political audacity would nominate James Lyons to a prestigious lifetime spot on the federal bench. This one makes clemency for Puerto Rican bomb-makers look prudent. Mr. Lyons is the Denver attorney who helped Bill and Hillary sweep Whitewater under the carpet back in 1992. At their request he produced the notorious "Lyons report," which claimed that the whole thing was no big deal and helped the issue disappear by election day. Several years and Whitewater convictions later, the country has learned a painful lesson in presidential character. The exception, of course, is Mr. Clinton, who seems to have learned only that he can get away with anything. That's the only way to explain his decision Wednesday to appoint Mr. Lyons to the 10th circuit court of appeals

DON VAN NATTA JR., NEW YORK TIMES: In the tense days and hours before and after they signed an agreement to buy a white house in Chappaqua, N.Y., for $1.7 million, President Clinton and Hillary Rodham Clinton sought financial assistance from former Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin and two former White House chiefs of staff, according to several people with knowledge of the arrangement. But Rubin, as well as the chiefs of staff, Thomas F. McLarty 3d and Erskine B. Bowles, declined to help the Clintons buy the first home they will own since 1983, several people with knowledge of the requests said today. They said that Bowles had originally committed to being the guarantor but declined on Sept. 1, just three days after the Clintons signed an agreement to buy the house under the condition their loan would be guaranteed .... Leaders of several public watchdog groups said that the refusals by McLarty and Rubin demonstrate that the favor done by McAuliffe was even more important to the Clintons than anyone had first realized. "This is a President who has never had any compunction about going around with a tin cup," said Charles Lewis, the founder and executive director of the Center for Public Integrity. "Most people would have a very, very difficult time asking someone to write a check for $1.3 million."


James Riady, long-time Clinton crony and fugitive from questioning in the campaign contribution scandal, who showed up at a meeting of executives in New Zealand that the president visited. The White House says it was nothing more than a "rope-line encounter." Riady is one of 122 persons sought as witnesses in the Clinton scandals who have either taken the Fifth or fled the country. Riady now lives in Indonesia, where he helps to run the $6 billion Lippo Group with his father, Mochtar, another longtime Clinton facilitator. Daddy Riady, for example, bailed out Clinton by buying a chunk of Worthen Bank after the bank and Clinton had made reckless investments for a state pension fund. James Riady came up with $100,000 for Clinton machine capo Webster Hubbell at a time when Hubbell was under questioning in the Whitewater probe. The payment followed a number of meetings at the White House in which Riady took part.


DRUDGE REPORT: A furious President Clinton has ordered a Washington reporter banned from the White House, the Drudge Report has learned, after the reporter quizzed the president during a press picnic about illegal money from China and the campaign-finance scandal! Paul Sperry, Washington bureau chief of Investor's Business Daily, was thrown off the invite list at the White House after he grilled the president for more than 10 minutes about various political scandals. "It turned into a real shout match on the south lawn," one eyewitness told the Drudge Report .... "Make sure that guy never gets close to me again!" the president ordered one of his aides after the showdown. White House press secretary Joe Lockhart, angry that Sperry transformed a family picnic into a confrontational press conference, told an associate that Sperry is a "Class A sh**thead." Lockhart personally informed Sperry during a phone conversation late Monday that he would never be invited back to the White House .... When asked on Tuesday if he felt intimated during his one-on-one with the most powerful man in the world, Sperry said: "No, he's only about a half an inch taller than I am."



Newsmax reports that in recent comments, former Arkansas State Trooper Larry Patterson said that Clinton lied when he said he barely knew Paula Jones and couldn't remember meeting her. "At one point, Patterson said Clinton met Paula at the state Capital, called her by name and hugged her. As he did so he turned to Patterson and said, "Larry it's kind of like Beauty and the Beast, isn't it?"

Patterson also stated that "Clinton was so impressed by Kathy Ferguson, the wife of Danny Ferguson, another state trooper that guarded Clinton, that he asked Ferguson if he had naked pictures of his wife he could look at. Patterson said Ferguson told him and a fellow trooper that Clinton "wanted to know details about their sexual activity" and that Clinton clearly expressed his interest in his subordinate's wife."

Incidentally, five days after her ex-husband Danny was named a co-defendant in the Paula Jones law suit, Kathy Ferguson was found dead of an alleged suicide. She left a suicide note but the body was found in her living room next to her packed bags as though she was planning to take a trip.


SUDDEN DEATH SYNDROME Speaking of the Voice, my old colleague and new landlord Jim Ridgeway -- we move shortly to the 5th floor of 1312 18th St NW -- points out that three members of the White House Marine helicopter crew have died suddenly in recent months: "The latest occurred the week before last when Lieutenant Colonel Mark Cwick, a Marine Corps helicopter pilot who was a member of the unit that ferried the president and other high-ranking officials around the Washington area, died when his car swerved off the road to avoid a collision with an auto that had just passed him. Cwick, 41, was pronounced dead on August 20 in Fredericksburg, Virginia. "Within Cwick's elite Marines unit, two other strange deaths are known to have occurred. In April, Major Marc Hohle, who had been a pilot for Clinton in the first year of his first term as president, died in a helicopter crash on Okinawa. In March, another member of the special unit, Corporal Eric S. Fox, a helicopter crewman, was found dead of a gunshot wound to his head. Fox's body was found near a West Virginia schoolyard after his auto crashed. His death was ruled a suicide, but no explanation was given."


WALL STREET JOURNAL: In his defense of the [Clinton house] loan, Mr. McAuliffe asks: What can Bill Clinton do for me? For starters, he could make it tough for the U.S. Attorney's office to get to the bottom of Mr. McAuliffe's oft-denied role in the sleazy 1996 "contributions swap" between the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and the Teamsters union .... What Terry McAuliffe did in essence is make a contribution to Hillary's campaign. Its whole purpose is to enable her to establish residence in New York, thus the money is absolutely essential to her campaign .... In the Hillary race, no McAuliffe "loan," no residency, no campaign. His contribution would seem to be more than $1,000.

AND THERE'S THE LITTLE MATTER reported by John McCaslin in the Washington Times: Chapter 5 of the Federal Elections Commission's guide for candidates states: "An endorsement or guarantee of a bank loan is considered a contribution by the endorser or guarantor and is thus subject to the law's prohibitions and limits on contributions." Wonder whether the Clintons can give the house back, like they did with the illegal Chinese campaign contributions.

A WHITE HOUSE WHISTLEBLOWER has filed suit against Hillary Clinton, Marsha Scott, and others in the Clinton administration for harassment and retaliation in the wake of her revelations about the White House database. WH staffer Sheryl Hall had expressed reservations about the legality of the use of the database, known as WhoDB, for political and other purposes. She is being represented by Judicial Watch.


AN AUDIT BY THE CORPORATION FOR PUBLIC BROADCASTING has found that 53 public broadcasting stations swapped their donor lists with Democratic organizations. Reports the Boston Globe, "When the practice of list-swapping was disclosed earlier this year, many station officials claimed the effort was bipartisan, with lists being shared with both political parties to find new donors. And in fact, some stations did share their donors' names with groups that sounded like Republican organizations, according to an investigation by the inspector general of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. But the investigator found that the vast majority of those groups were not connected to the Republican Party, and that it now appears the Democratic Party was mostly involved."

ADD TO THE LIST OF HIGH DIVES BY JANET RENO: the failure of the Justice Department to look into the Arkansas tainted blood scandal. Nothing has happened since Canadian victims of the killer blood sold from state prisons while Clinton was governor asked for an investigation. Perhaps Reno thinks that hemophiliacs are some sort of cult and so don't need to be treated decently.

NEW YORK POST: Terry McAuliffe, the wheeler-dealer who slapped down $1.35 million to let the Clintons buy their New York dream house, could be called as a witness in a Teamsters corruption trial next month. McAuliffe, a Washington lawyer and deal-fixer who owns a title-insurance company, is an unnamed player in the indictment of Teamsters political director Bill Hamilton .... Hamilton has been charged with conspiracy, embezzlement of union funds, mail fraud, wire fraud, making false statements to an election officer and perjury before the grand jury. Prosecutors say Hamilton illegally schemed with McAuliffe to swap union money for Democratic cash. At the time, McAuliffe - who hasn't been charged - was the top money man for the Democratic Party. McAuliffe's lawyer, Richard Ben-Veniste, acknowledged that McAuliffe could be called as a witness in the trial, but he insisted McAuliffe has never been a target or a subject of the investigation. McAuliffe denies he agreed to an alleged scheme to find Democratic donors who would give money to top Teamsters officials running for re-election.

JUDICIAL WATCH: By law, neither the President of the United States, nor any other federal employee, can supplement his income with cash gifts. So Bill Clinton, as President, can't use cash gifts to pay off his legal bills or supplement his income. Therefore he cannot use cash gifts to qualify for a mortgage. It is also improper for banks or other lenders to count the Clintons' future earnings potential when considering them for a mortgage. One qualifies for a mortgage based on current earnings and savings, not pie-in-the-sky future earnings "estimates."

"If traditional lending practices are followed, Bill and Hillary Clinton simply cannot get the million dollar mortgage they require to move into the mansion they're considering in New York," stated Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman. "And they certainly shouldn't be able to use illegal cash income from their Legal Defense Fund to supplement their income, such that other revenues can be used to buy a mansion."

SOUTH CHINA POST: Former [New Zeland] Labour prime minister Norman Kirk was remembered on the 25th anniversary of his death in office yesterday with a claim that he may have been poisoned by the CIA. The president of the Labour Party, Bob Harvey, called on Prime Minister Jenny Shipley to ask US President Bill Clinton to hand over Central Intelligence Agency files on Kirk when they met in Auckland next month. Mr Harvey said Kirk, who was 51 when he died of a heart attack, was unpopular with the Americans after telling them they could not use New Zealand as a nuclear submarine base if there was a nuclear holocaust in the northern hemisphere .... He suspected he could have been poisoned by the CIA during an overseas trip before he became Prime Minister in 1972. Labour Party leader Helen Clark rejected the president's claim, saying: "I don't believe there is any substance to rumours which have circulated now for 25 years that there was some sort of foreign involvement in Mr Kirk's death."

MENAGE A TROIS: The Clinton's sweetheart real estate deal illustrates once again that the law is no better than those who write and enforce it. In today's Washington, anything goes and when, it doesn't, the law is simply reinterpreted to make sure it does.

To get a handle of the absurdity involved in this house business, imagine one of your friends co-signing your mortgage note so you can buy yourself a nicer house than you could possibly afford given your financial condition.

Make it a $1.7 million house and homebuyer who is $5 million in debt and any argument that the deal is altruistic become comedic. There is only one sane reason to do such a thing and that it because you expect something in return.

Years ago giving a pol something of value was called a bribe, kickback, or payoff. Then the lawyers and politicians got hold of the laws and start rewriting them so that it wasn't enough that you gave a politician something of value, but there had to be a provable quid pro quo or, in this case, an easily determined dollar value to the gift. Then the lawyers and politicians would stand before the media and declare something to be ethical because it met their deeply corrupted standards. And the media could be counted on not to see through the scam.


BUSINESS WEEK, DECEMBER 22, 1997: The U. S. Attorney's Office in Washington is trying to learn more about how McAuliffe earned a lucrative fee in helping Prudential Insurance Co. of America lease a downtown Washington building to the government. Prudential just settled a civil case involving that lease for over $300,000 without admitting any liability .... The Labor Dept. is probing McAuliffe real estate deals that were bankrolled by a union pension fund .... And Labor Dept. probers are looking at possible conflicts of interest in at least two of McAuliffe's Florida real estate deals that were bankrolled by International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers pension money. Investigators want to know why McAuliffe got what look like very sweet deals.

WASHINGTON POST, JANUARY 12, 1998: McAuliffe, the premier Democratic fund-raiser of the decade, has spent much of the past 12 months dealing with hostile Republican investigators, federal prosecutors and adverse news stories. He has emerged as a key, but enigmatic, figure in two overlapping federal investigations: the broadening inquiry into illegal fund-raising on the part of the Teamsters union conducted by the U.S. Attorney's Office in New York, and the Justice Department's investigation into alleged 1995-96 Democratic presidential fund-raising abuses. In addition, the U.S. Attorney's Office in the District of Columbia investigated McAuliffe's role in the award of a $160.5 million federal lease, but decided against bringing criminal charges.

McAuliffe has given depositions to federal prosecutors and congressional investigators, but he has not been called to testify publicly, and he has not been charged with any crime .... McAuliffe's success has come from his knack for being in the middle of a deal while maintaining a critical distance. For almost 17 years - as broker, lawyer, promoter and facilitator - McAuliffe had estimated with uncanny precision the sustainable distance between contributor and candidate, as well as between seller and buyer.


"Johnny committed to contribute $75,000 to the DNC reception in Los Angeles on September 21. Tell him if he does not complete his commitment ASAP bad things will happen." -- Memo concerning Johnny Chung from a Democratic National Committee staffer to DNC chair Don Fowler, November 10, 1995

WASHINGTON WEEKLY: Little Rock Police Department last week responded to a report of 576 books stolen from the office of author L.D. Brown. Apart from the books [about Brown's experiences as a state trooper working for Clinton] about $6 in change was missing from the office. .... An investigation by the Little Rock Police Department (revealed that a security company had reported to the police that the outside door to the office building from which L.D. Brown sells and markets the book was found propped open at 4:20 a.m. Monday morning .... Brown is convinced that the motive behind the burglary is political. He is prepared for the worst. "I am putting to use my retired state police gun permit for the first time in a long while," he says.

Retired police chief SA Rhoads has been teaching a cop course on "subconscious communications" since 1978 to hundreds of police officers, most recently including some 500 from DC. Among the model liars he uses to illustrate his course: Timothy McVeigh, OJ Simpson, and W.J. Clinton, the last having made than 120 gestures of "textbook deception" during his deposition.


One of the mysteries of the Vincent Foster death is how many Hondas there were in the parking lot at Ft. Marcy Park. On July 20, 1993 between the hours of 4:30 p.m. and 6:05 p.m., there is a record of six witnesses -- Jennifer Wacha, Judith Doody, Mark Fiest, Todd Hall, Patrick Knowlton and George Gonzalez -- having seen an older brown Honda within the Fort Marcy parking lot, parked in the same spot where Mr. Foster's car was later found. Inasmuch as Mr. Foster's Honda was silver/gray and much newer than the brown Honda described by the witnesses, and inasmuch as Mr. Foster was dead by 4:30, how is it that Mr. Foster's car arrived in the park after he was already dead? Also at issue: if Foster drove himself to the park, why were car keys not found at the scene but only discovered later in his pocket at the morgue?

Now Clinton scandal independent investigator Allan Favish adds this information:

"I spoke with Dale Miller, the person who apparently is the guy who put Foster's gray Honda Accord, as he described it, on a flatbed truck the evening of Foster's death. He said that he took the car to the Park Police Headquarters or the Anacostia stations, he doesn't remember which. He said there was no broken glass or damage to the car. He said he did not tow it to the CIA. He said it was still light out when he got to the park and there was one police officer in a cruiser there. He said the police officer followed him to the destination, which Miller said was standard procedure. He also said there were no keys for the Honda and there was evidence tape around the car. He also said that he doesn't think anybody could look at that car and say it was brown."

Incidentally, the comment about the CIA conflicts with a much earlier report by Ambrose Evans-Pritchard of the London Telegraph which stated:

"Up to now there has been nothing to link the agency to Foster's death, but the Telegraph has a tape-recorded exchange involving two of the staff at Raley's Towing, the company that towed Foster's car to the Park Police headquarters after his death. A driver can be heard in the background saying that Foster's car was taken to the CIA. 'That would have gone to Park Police headquarters,' said one of the staff, when asked about Foster's Honda. 'No, it went to the CIA and then went to headquarters,' said the driver. 'Oh, it went to CIA first?' Raley's Towing refuses to elaborate. In fact, it now says that it will divulge information only if compelled under a subpoena. So we do not know why they made this excursion to the CIA."


GENNIFER FLOWERS ON THE SEAN HANNITY SHOW: [Clinton] came in one day and told me that Hillary had found out, had heard from some friends that he'd been doing cocaine. And that she said, "Hey, you better stop it." And I said, "Well, what are you going to do?" And he said, "Well, I'm going to stop it." But this wasn't until, I'd say about the mid-80's. So she was aware of his drug problem, as, like I said, as were many others...... It was very common knowledge in Arkansas by a number of people, including his wife, that he was a user of cocaine ....


Steve Roberts of USN&WR on a Sunday talk show: "I think that we in the press have an enormous obligation to help the voters understand the judgment and the temperament, and the morality and the character of the people who want to be president and I think there's only one way we can do that, and that is to explore the judgments that they have made in the past."

WASHINGTON TIMES: Making good on a vow to pick up where Congress leaves off, Mr. Clinton has posted 301 formal executive orders and generated a storm from opponents who say the orders push the limits of presidential power. The president has used that extraordinary power to revamp civil service rules for workers with psychiatric disabilities, ban discrimination against homosexuals in civilian federal jobs, halt dealings with federal contractors who use products made by foreign child labor, declassify vast stacks of old files, change contracting practices to give Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders a bidding edge, revise food labeling, restrict smoking in government offices, revamp encryption export rules and intervene in a Philadelphia transit strike. "Stroke of the pen, law of the land. Kind of cool," says former Clinton adviser Paul Begala, dismissing objections of critics who despise the process as unconstitutional lawmaking, no matter which president uses it.


The Democratic members of the House impeachment committee were up to more than politics according to Jerry Seper and Audrey Hudson in the Washington Times. They write that the Dems, "as part of a strategy to discourage witnesses with damaging information on campaign finance abuses, sought to intimidate a key witness with limited knowledge of English and U.S. customs during a 1997 deposition, congressional records show." The news follows the claim by Clinton scandal figure Johnny Chung that lawyers for the Democrats sent him advice on how to use the Fifth Amendment.

-- In a deposition, Manlin Foung, sister of Clinton crony Charlie Trie, reports that a Democratic lawyer warned her "that if she cooperated in the campaign finance probe, she would be brought to Washington to face television cameras in 'a large room with . . . over 44 congressmen sitting there.' .... Mrs. Foung eventually testified before the committee.

-- According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette some of the women invited to a get together of those President Clinton has abused may not be showing up. Juanita Broaddrick says she will "probably not" go. And Beth Coulson, who has been out of town, says she hasn't heard of the invitation but says she'll look forward to reading about the event.

-- The Clinton machine is thinking about staging a Clinton Aid concert to help fund the president's criminal defense fund. Matt Drudge reports that names like Madonna, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed and Cher have been mentioned as possible performers. Of course, after the concert the Clintons can have them over to their new Westchester County mansion if they have chosen one by then.

CLINTON SCANDALS: Huang cops a plea

It what appears to be another sweetheart deal between members of the Clinton machine and the Justice Department, Chinese bagman John Huang has gotten off with a $10,000 fine and 500 hours of community service. When Judicial Watch got a court order to make Huang to appear at a second deposition, he invoked the 5th Amendment over 1,000 times. Judicial Watch plans to seek Huang's appearance once more, since now he presumably can no longer plead the 5th.

Attorney General Reno went so far as to refuse to let Huang appear before a House committee probing campaign finance before striking a deal with him. This despite a plea agreement that required Huang to "cooperate fully with the United States."

CLINTON SCANDALS: Hitting the retired again

Clinton's criminal defense fund has paid about half of his $10.5 million legal fees with the vast majority of the money coming from 80,000 contributors paying less than $100 each. Among those who maxxed out at $10,000 were Michael Douglas and David Geffen.

A check of the nearly 800 contributors from DC reveals that while there were some big spenders -- real estaters Smith Bagley and Donald Brown each gave $10,000 -- there was a stunning lack of those who have been most vocal in their attacks on the president's critics. Displaying either a lack of gratitude or some skepticism about their president, elite Washington failed to walk the talk. Exceptions: J Carter Brown, former head of the National Galley, gave $1,500, and former OMB director Franklin Raines coughed up $1000.

Among those contributing were a garage attendant, florist, and a chauffeur. There were a high number of persons who listed themselves as retired, ironically fitting as Clinton's troubles began with revelations about a real estate scam known as Whitewater which was based in part on conning retired people out of their money.



Judicial Watch has filed a brief in its Filegate lawsuit which includes the sworn testimony of five individuals who have key information about the scandal and related matters. Highlights:

-- Dennis Sculimbrene, who was the senior FBI agent at the Clinton White House, says he was harassed and intimidated by the Clinton White House and FBI before and after he gave sworn testimony implicating Hillary Clinton in Filegate and related matters.

-- Sherry Rowlands confirms under oath that Dick Morris, then working for Bill and Hillary Clinton, identified Hillary Clinton as being the mastermind of Filegate, "It was Hillary in 1993. She ordered them. She's a paranoid lady ­ she did it.."

-- , another former White House FBI agent, confirms that Hillary Clinton, according to Craig Livingstone, ran "security" at The White House.



Before his appearance on the Hill, reports Chinese political bagman Johnny Chung, Democrats on the committee sent him a package that " tried to teach me how to plead - take the fifth."


One of the unfortunate aspects of the Clinton scandals is the near total lack of endearing scoundrels of the sort that even the Mafia can occasionally produce. One much underrated exception is the Chinese bagman Johnny C. C. Chung, who recently developed his own web site complete with pictures of the week from his voluminous collection of images of various important people in the company of Johnny Chung. Last May, Chung testified before a House Committee, describing himself as a somewhat befuddled but well-meaning pawn of macro-politics. His testimony covers how a fax broadcast service owner became sought after by the White House, the DNC, various Chinese generals and officials, not to mention being called to a karaoke bar in the middle of the night to advise a Chinese-American on the lam from the US. Things seldom worked out quite right for Chung witness this tale:

"I next saw General Ji's wife when she came back to the United States with her son. I set up their attendance at a Presidential fundraiser - the "Back to the Future" event - at a California movie studio on October 17, 1996. I took my driver and secretary as well as the General's wife and Alex to meet the President. There was a mix-up with the DNC and my driver and secretary were given a private audience with the President while me and the General's wife and son were not included. While my driver and secretary were very appreciative, I was very upset."



-- Number close to the Clinton machine who have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes: 44 -- Number of convictions during his administration: 33 -- Number of indictments/ misdemeanor charges: 61 -- Number of imprisonments: 14 -- Number of presidential impeachments: 1 -- Number of independent counsel investigations: 7 -- Number of congressional witnesses pleading the 5th Amendment: 72 -- Number of witnesses fleeing the country to avoid testifying: 17 -- Number of foreign witnesses who have declined interviews by investigative bodies: 19

The Clinton machine now holds the record for the administration with:

-- The most number of convictions and guilty pleas -- The most number of cabinet members to come under criminal investigation -- The most number of witnesses to flee the country or refuse to testify -- The most number of key witnesses to die suddenly -- The greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions -- The greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad.


TALK'S LUCINDA FRANKS: And you can see this, and people who are close to them see this kind of chemistry. I mean, it's a real love.

He's a very handsome man and he looked like a Beetle back in Yale, you can see pictures of him, I mean, he was gorgeous. You had women, even stars, who tried to get what they could out of being close to him, pretending they had an affair with him.

He has certainly had a lot of support, religious support, the support from friends, to talk this out. He understands he has a problem, he understands that he doesn't want to have this problem. Indeed there is a great big stretch in which he didn't have the problem. I think he's devoted to his wife, I think she is devoted to him, and I think they have an incredible relationship, but I think that everyone tries to put a stereotype on people's marriages, and you can't put a stereotype on some marriages, including this one.

TINA BROWN: I think the revelation of the piece, really, is the depth and deeply powerful bond these two people have. At the end of the piece, I really felt I understood the marriage of the Clintons. I mean, there are many people in the last year or two, have been so reductive about their marriage. There have been so many attempts to cast aspersions on her, in a sense, for standing by him, but I think when you read the piece you understand why this woman is in love with this man, you understand that she really has such a deep level of shared interest, of shared passions, not in a shallow way, in the sense that people very often put her down as a sort of wanting to stay Mrs. Clinton because she is in the power zone. I don't, when you read the piece, you don't feel that at all. What you feel is this is a couple who share the passion for the world, for doing good for politics, for making life better for other people. This is their great bond, and it really has brought them together with almost a sort of spiritual intensity."

LUCINDA FRANKS: And you can see this, and people who are close to them see this kind of chemistry. I mean, it's a real love.

DIANE SAWYER: Well, you quote, it's amazing, her Chief of Staff saying the physical passion has returned to the marriage. I don't know that a Chief of Staff in history, as far as I know, has ever taken a stand on this issue.

LUCINDA FRANKS: Yes, yes. Well, I think what happens, right, exactly....I think they see them in the corner, you know, putting their arms around each other, smooching, you know, sharing, whispering. It's a, his sexual dysfunction is something, I think, that she has put in a, one part of the marriage in which she says, my God, with this upbringing that this man could do what he does is remarkable."

DIANE SAWYER: Did you talk to her about any specific women and specific allegations? Kathleen Willey?

LUCINDA FRANKS: I did not. I did not feel, I felt that that part of it was an invasion of her privacy. I felt, you know, ethically, as a journalist, that this had been covered and covered and covered and covered, and I also feel that many of these encounters are, began way back in Arkansas when women would throw themselves at him. Even at Yale, I mean, he's a very handsome man, and he looked like a Beetle back in Yale, you can see pictures of him, I mean, he was gorgeous. You had women, even stars, who tried to get what they could out of being close to him, pretending they had an affair with him, so a lot of this is, has been taken with a grain of salt, I think ....

DIANE SAWYER: You really put the Senate race in the context of the revival of the marriage, in a way, and her way to get to firm ground so that she can stay alive inside this marriage, and she says at one point, 'I want independence. I want to be judged on my own merits. Now for the first time I am making my own decisions. I can feel the difference. It's a great relief,' and you quote people saying after eight months, basically, of not speaking to him, what brought her back, after acting like someone had died, was this Senate race.

LUCINDA FRANKS: That's true, absolutely true.

DIANE SAWYER: So this Senate race is linked to the marriage.

LUCINDA FRANKS: I saw this, I thought, in North Africa, I thought she was very depressed. It was probably a number of things: Kosovo, the Broaddrick allegations, it was just too much. I mean, this woman had been attacked and attacked and attacked. Her husband had been attacked and attacked, and it was her husband that really wanted her to finally go out on her own, to seek public office like she had wanted to for a very long time, so this was her chance. I would find it exciting if I were her.



A federal grand jury has indicted Carl Derek Cooper on racketeering, robbery and murder charges -- including the triple slaying at the Georgetown Starbucks. The indictment charges Cooper as heading a gang that specialized in robberies in Maryland and DC that occurred near closing time. In the Starbucks case ten shots were fired at three employees who were locking up the shop. Five of the shots hit Caitrin Mahoney. Due to Mahoney having been a White House intern and Monica Lewinsky's reported comment to Linda Tripp that she didn't want to end up like her, the case has attracted considerable attention. Because of anomalies in the incident, TPR has listed it as one of the curious deaths that have occurred to those involved with the Clinton machine. It will continue to be listed pending developments in the trial.

The federal indictment names no co-conspirators in any of the incidents. US Attorney Wilma Lewis said that Cooper worked with someone else in planning the Starbucks robbery but carried it out alone. She also stated that "If Mr. Cooper is convicted of any three of the federal charges relating to the Starbucks murders . . . [he] could face the death penalty. That decision will be made later on by the attorney general." DC does not have a death penalty.

Cooper allegedly confessed to the killings during a 54-hour interrogation. His defense attorney, Steven Kiersh, questions the interrogation and the lack of physical evidence linking Cooper to the Starbucks shop. Cooper plans to plead not guilty.



The neo-liberal media made much of alleged payments to Whitewater witness David Hale, pointing to them as evidence of a "vast right-wing conspiracy." So special prosecutor Kenneth Starr ordered an independent investigation into the matter by Michael Shaheen, former director of the Justice Department's office of professional responsibility. Here's what he found, as reported by Robert Kaiser of the Washington Post:

"A special investigation into whether conservative critics of Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton gave support or cash payments to witness David Hale to influence his testimony has concluded that many of the allegations of such payments were 'unsubstantiated' and 'in some cases, untrue,' and that no criminal prosecution should be brought.

"These conclusions--brief excerpts from a 168-page report--were released yesterday by independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr, effectively closing a case that some Clinton supporters had hoped would offer proof of a "right-wing conspiracy" against the first couple."



USA WEEKEND: As a White House appointee, [AIDS czar Sandy Thurman] has reconciled the president's sex scandal with her job to preach safe sex. She insists lives are being saved as a result of Clinton's behavior. "It has forced us to open the door to conversations with our children about sexuality and responsible behavior. Children are driving the dialogue. They're asking questions we have to answer."