Clinton Scandal Clips
from The Progressive Review
March 2000 -
NOW, MR. PRESIDENT, WHOSE FILE DID YOU WISH TO SEE?
FROM THE CRAIG LIVNGTONE PHOTO ALBUM AT JUDICIAL WATCH
LAUGHING AT THE REST OF US
In a scene that would have fit well in "The Godfather," leaders of the Clinton, Republican, Hollywood, and media families gathered for the annual White House Correspondents Association dinner -- "correspondents" in this case used in its primary sense of "having a relation or likeness; being similar or analogous; being in agreement."
Highlights of the evening were numerous jocular references to corrupt and criminal practices by the President of the United States and satirical jabs at those who attempted to halt, expose, or prosecute them. There was even a video of someone playing Ken Starr, as Matt Drudge later reported, "smoking a cigar, dressed in drag, flashing his underwear, harboring an apparent erection," a veiled reference to Clintonista rumors that Starr was gay.
Janet Reno and Eric Holder thought this was hilarious.
There were only a few moments of non-comity such as when some conservative guests refused to stand for the president and a progressive journalist departed in the midst of the parade of the colors for Clinton. Then there was Drudge:
"We're going to miss you, Mr. President," I said leaning over the velvet rope flashing my Elian [T-shirt] with him, looking up and down, glaring at me.
"How did he get in here," press maestro Joe Lockhart whispered into the ear of a reporter while chewing a mouth full of spicy greens, mango and lo mein noodles served with warm sesame crusted salmon, grilled lamb chop and sliced tenderloin of beef, sauce cabernet, potato dauphinoise rondelle, baby carrots and asparagus, french rolls, flat breads, pumpernickel, raisin rolls, marble mousse torte, chocolate crust-filled with white chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate mousse, fresh fruit garnish and coffee.
Janet stared in horror as I stood in front of her -- Elian, with his look of horror, staring her straight back in her face.
"You're my home page. I read you all the time. I love it when you put up a siren. You made me a star, honey. I have to get a picture with you," said Smear Queen Diva and campaign manager to Al Gore, Donna Brazile as we hugged and talked about what a fun summer we're going to have . . .
Impeached. Stained. Accused. Standing ovation.
Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder would later tell me after the lights came on and the crowd began dispersing and the Hilton staff began sweeping up all the wet Kleenex: "It was in good humor." *****
The biggest joke of the evening was that these folks aren't keeping an eye on each other; they're "correspondents" in the first meaning of the word, come together to laugh at all the rest of us. - Source unknown
WORLDNET DAILY: President Clinton's license to practice law should have been suspended immediately after he was served a contempt of court citation and impeached by Congress, according to guidelines issued by the American Bar Association. When a lawyer has engaged in "intentional interference with the administration of justice, false swearing, misrepresentation, fraud," or when "a lawyer engages in any other intentional conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation," then the lawyer should be suspended "from the practice of law immediately pending a final determination of the ultimate discipline to be imposed," according to the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility in its guidelines, "Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions." Although formal disbarment proceedings against the president are underway in Arkansas, no action has yet been taken.
LETTER FROM JOHN HUANG TO RON BROWN, JANUARY 7, 1993: "I was watching [a hearing] in the Senate Russell Building and came away with the strong feeling that you will do an outstanding job as the Secretary of Department of Commerce in the coming years. I was trying to reach you. But there were too many people there and I was not successful to do it. What I really want to do is to identify a convenient time in the coming week to arrange a meeting between you and Dr. Moctar Riady, our Group Chairman. Dr. Riady will be coming to the States. ... Dealing with Japan and other Asian matters will be all of our important agenda. Thank you in advance for taking a little moment on this matter. I know you extremely busy. But I think this matter is also important as well."
CHARLES SMITH, WORLDNET DAILY: Many meetings followed Huang's early correspondence in 1993 with Brown, along with the prime members of the Clinton White House team. Huang met with the President at the White House 10 times between June 21 and June 27, 1994. Right after that Webster Hubbell, who was about to be indicted by a Federal grand jury, received $100,000 from the Lippo Group. Shortly after the money was given to Mr. Hubbell, Huang obtained a secret clearance and an executive position as Assistant Secretary of the Commerce Department. While at the Commerce Department, Huang obtained secret materials on trade deals with Indonesia, China, Japan, Korea and the Middle East. Huang also obtained information on US Patriot missile deals with South Korea and mobile artillery for Kuwait . . . Moctar Riady also managed to maintain a close working relationship with Bill Clinton during this time even if he could not visit him personally. Moctar sent his gardener, Arief Wiriadinata, to see Bill Clinton in the White House. Wiriadinata gave the President a $400,000 donation. Moctar actually gave Wiriadinata $450,000 but $50,000 stayed in the gardener's pocket, perhaps for fertilizer expenses. The text of the meeting, obtained from a White House videotape, reads like a B movie filled with bad actors. "I'm from James Riady," said Wiriadinata meekly. "Yes, I'm glad to see you," replied Clinton.
THE FOSTER MYSTERY
Those seeking to get to the bottom of the unsolved Vince Foster death were dealt another setback when the Supreme Court rejected without explanation a suit seeking access to photos taken at the death scene
The National Park Service had refused to release the photos on the grounds that it would be an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy. A federal judge upheld the refusal and the decision was upheld by the court of appeals.
Neither court actually looked at the photos. In an earlier case the Supreme Court had refused access to notes taken by Foster's lawyer.
Says Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, "The deceased have no privacy rights. The law couldn't be clearer in our view. This is a matter of grave public interest . . . There's something wrong here. What is the National Park Service hiding?"
The government has claimed that Foster shot himself, but the supporting reports have been so shoddy and so many unanswered questions remain that not only do many investigators doubt the conclusion but, according to polls, a majority of Americans as well. Following Foster's death there was a removal of his documents and destruction of his computer hard drive by members of the Clinton machine and other unknown persons.
The court decisions, incidentally, greatly broaden posthumous privacy rights and may cause serious problems for biographers and historians down the road
WHO DOES THIS REMIND YOU OF?
BARRETT KALELLIS, NEWSMAX: Back in 1957, a prescient film was released whose message was apparently lost or ignored by the boomer generation, a lapse of inattention whose consequences we still suffer today. I refer to A Face In The Crowd, directed by Elia Kazan from a script by Budd Schulberg.
The film traces the rise and fall of its central character, "Lonesome" Rhodes, an alcoholic, skirt-chasing hick roustabout from the deep Arkansas outback. Brilliantly played by Andy Griffith, Rhodes has the gift of gab, unctuous sincerity and a silver tongue for the homespun homily. With the help of handlers, agents and pollsters, he parlays his talent from lowly beginnings at a small Arkansas radio station into a prime-time, nationwide, top-rated television show based in New York City.
. . . Rhodes is revealed as an out-and-out fraud who seeks only personal aggrandizement and ultimately political office, along with a steady supply of comely and pliable young women. He mercilessly exploits those around him to advance his own ambition. If he is caught telling a lie, he merely shrugs it off by saying "You ought to know me better'n to believe everything I say." When he is warned that some action might be against the law, Rhodes boasts, "Nothing's illegal if you don't get caught."
. . . "These people are even more stupid than I am," Rhodes states, "so I have to do the thinking for them." . . . Rhodes meets his downfall when he unknowingly insults his audience over an open microphone . . . In the final reel, Rhodes' friends and political cronies all desert him, after they find he has lost his public credibility. His political capital has been spent, and he will never regain the heights of fame and reputation that he once had.
JERRY SEPER, WASHINGTON TIMES: High-ranking Justice Department and FBI officials said Vice President Al Gore may have lied to campaign-finance task force investigators when he denied knowing that 1996 donations he solicited from his White House office were illegally diverted to the Democratic National Committee. According to newly obtained Justice and FBI memos, there is "specific information from a credible source" that Mr. Gore "may have lied to us" in claiming no knowledge that "soft" money donations he sought may have been routed to "hard" money DNC accounts. "The statement of a person without apparent reason to lie, corroborated by notes taken by an aide to the vice president, form a basis for concluding that the vice president did know what he claimed not to know - or certainly for investigating whether he may have," wrote Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Robert S. Litt in a September 1998 memo.
WORLDNET DAILY: When Attorney General Janet Reno dropped her investigation of former Energy Secretary Hazel O'Leary for allegedly taking a bribe, she did so over the advice of her FBI chief, a long-secret memo reveals. Johnny Chung, a '96 Clinton-Gore campaign donor, charged in the summer of 1997 that O'Leary agreed to meet with communist Chinese oil officials after he donated $25,000 to her favorite charity, Africare. "It is clear that the donation was made under extraordinarily suspicious circumstances that are worthy of additional investigation," FBI Director Louis Freeh said in a Nov. 24, 1997, memo to Reno . . . "The meetings at the Department of Energy and Africare event show substantial involvement by DNC officials, including Richard Sullivan and Don Fowler," Freeh wrote in his 27-page memo. "Consequently, these events should be further investigated by an independent counsel." His memo was written a week before Reno announced her decision not to seek the appointment of an independent counsel in the case.
ANN COULTER: Juanita Broaddrick, whom about 80 percent of Americans believed when she accused President Clinton of raping her (how do you like that poll?), is being audited by the Internal Revenue Service . . . Indeed, the IRS' random audit selection process has led to audits of an impressive array of citizens inconvenient to the administration. These include: Elizabeth Ward Gracen (Clinton conquest who helpfully admitted that Clinton did not rape her); Billy Dale (fired in travel office imbroglio); Bill O'Reilly (Clinton critic on Fox News channel); Kent Masterson Brown (brought lawsuit compelling Hillary's health care task force to reveal members); Paula Jones (wrecked Clinton presidency). Paula Jones got her audit letter from the IRS not long after she beat Clinton in the Supreme Court . . . Clinton's IRS has also audited almost every conservative organization you can name. Among them are: National Review, The American Spectator, The Christian Coalition, Citizens for a Sound Economy, Oliver North's Freedom Alliance, The Heritage Foundation, The National Rifle Association, The Western Journalism Center, The National Center for Public Policy Research, Fortress America and Citizens Against Government Waste.
TINA BROWN Is becoming entwined in the growing controversy over the book by John Connolly she is planning publish that, according to the Drudge Report and London Telegraph, is filled with sexual slurs and gossip involving those who challenged the Clinton machine, including Kenneth Starr. One of those reportedly upset by Brown's role is former colleague and best-selling author Chris Buckley. Drudge says that Buckley has "expressed complete outrage that his sex life is being explored. 'Tina appears to be throwing her friends out with the bath water,' said a publishing source who worked with both Brown and Buckley at the New Yorker." Others under attack in the book, according to Drudge, include ABC's Jackie Judd and Chris Vlasto.
According to the Washington Post, Disney may be backing off off a new book by John Connolly that allegedly digs into the sex lives of Clinton's critics. The angst arose after Matt Drudge obtained a manuscript and reported that Connolly had written: "There are no less than six gays involved in the [Lewinsky] case. Two of the 'elves', and three of Starr's young male proteges were gay..."
Says Drudge: "Connolly plans to name some names. Using the term 'fag hag' to describe Lewinsky player Lucianne Goldberg, Connolly told the Drudge Report that he has an "iron clad contract" with Talk/Miramax . . . Connolly has been spending the cash advanced to him by Talk to explore the personal backgrounds of Clinton scandal insiders. Best-selling author and syndicated columnist Ann Coulter, who comes under the Connolly microscope, said on Monday that she was "harassed" after Connolly brought in a private investigator to dig into her background. 'The guy began a program of harassment by calling me at home 6 times a day until I changed my number, sending me flowers, and hiring a private investigator to look into my personal life. I have a copy of the letter his PI sent to an ex-boyfriend of mine, stating that he was hired by John Connolly to look into me.' . . . 'I will not be bullied around,' warns Connolly, 'by threats or lawsuits or anything else.' Hide your cigarettes under the bed, Snow White. A scorched earth alert has been issued."
JERRY SEPER, WASHINGTON TIMES: A former Justice Department prosecutor said yesterday he recommended an investigation into President Clinton's connection to a top Democratic fund-raiser involved in the sale of missile-related expertise to China, which Attorney General Janet Reno later rejected. Charles G. LaBella, testifying under subpoena before a Senate subcommittee, said he requested that an independent counsel be sought to investigate the relationship between Mr. Clinton and Bernard L. Schwartz, chief executive officer at Loral Space & Communications Ltd . . .
He made that recommendation to Miss Reno in a July 1998 memo. Mr. LaBella said yesterday one of Miss Reno's top executives, Lee Radek, head of the department's public integrity section, called the recommendation "silly." . . .
Mr. LaBella, during four hours of testimony before the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on administrative oversight and the courts, also confirmed that he recommended an investigation of Vice President Al Gore and former White House Deputy Chief of Staff Harold Ickes, saying their conduct during the 1996 presidential campaign "warranted" a probe by an independent counsel.
NY POST: FBI Director Louis Freeh - whose feud with Attorney General Janet Reno has exploded in public - would gladly quit, but doesn't want to give President Clinton the chance to pick his replacement, sources told The Post. Those who've worked with Freeh say he's a straight arrow. Freeh's rank-and-file agents and Reno's line prosecutors say they still can work together but are alarmed the battle between their bosses has burst into public. One exception is within the funny-money task force, where relations are so bad that prosecutors and agents have had to be placed on separate floors . . . "He just doesn't like this president. And he's privy to all the facts of all our campaign-finance related cases, so you can't second-guess his judgment," an FBI agent said.
MICHAEL ISIKOFF, NEWSWEEK: Charles Uribe, chairman of A.J. Construction Co. in New York, got an unusual phone message on Feb. 2, 1996. "The vice president is on the line," his secretary said. "Vice president of what?" Uribe barked. "The vice president of the United States," she said. Uribe immediately took the call, and other executives in the room listened curiously to their boss's end of the conversation, a string of "yes, sirs" and "no, sirs." When Uribe got off he explained. "We need to raise $50,000 for the campaign," he said, according to an account a colleague later gave the FBI.
CULTURE OF IMPUNITY
Lying under oath, contempt citation, obstruction of justice, impeachment, and disbarment proceedings have not impeded the Association of Trial Lawyers of America from inviting WJ Clinton to be its featured convention speaker.
CLINTON COULD EAVESDROP ON STAFF
PAUL SPERRY, WORLDNET DAILY: President Clinton signed off on the installation of eavesdropping devices on the phones of White House staffers, WorldNetDaily has learned. The secret bug means there's a strong likelihood that audio-tape recordings of personal White House phone conversations, as well as White House staff meetings, exist -- unbeknown to investigators who have subpoenaed all media containing information relevant to their probes of several White House scandals. Clinton has denied the existence of tape recordings. . . At the same time, the president had "a special box" installed on his and his top aides' phones so that their phone conversations and meetings could not be recorded using the same technology, says the technician who ran the White House phone operations for several years. Despite the high-level safeguards, the Secret Service objected to the phone eavesdropping devices, arguing they posed a serious national security risk.
. . . The changes were made after Clinton, in a surprise move, hired AT&T to replace a five-year-old phone switch in the White House, along with the software and all the desk phone hardware, soon after he took office. All the changes, which included turning off software features that record the dialer of overseas calls, were completed by 1996. The switch was brought on line in 1994.
JERRY SEPER, WASHINGTON TIMES: The White House said first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton spoke with President Clinton before the release of confidential letters from former White House aide Kathleen Willey, but claimed spousal privilege and refused to divulge the content of those conversations. Associate White House Counsel Karl Racine, in written responses to questions in a $90 million lawsuit by Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm, acknowledged that Mrs. Clinton "discussed the matter" with her husband prior to the March 1998 release of the letters. Mr. Racine said other White House staff members were advised after the decision was made to make the letters public - a day after Mrs. Willey said on "60 Minutes" that Mr. Clinton kissed her, cupped her breast and put her hand on his groin during a November 1993 meeting. But, he said, attorneys for the Clintons said "the substance of the discussions between the president and the first lady would be protected by the spousal privilege." The White House released 15 friendly letters from Mrs. Willey to Mr. Clinton to rebut her accusations of sexual misconduct.
JOHN MCCASLIN, WASHINGTON TIMES: A senator has lumped Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon in the same crime category as Watergate defendant Charles Colson, who was imprisoned for misusing a political opponent's FBI file. Mr. Bacon has come under fire for leaking to the media in March 1998 a portion of the confidential personnel file of former Pentagon employee Linda Tripp . . . [Senator James] Inhofe says he recently received a letter from Mr. Bacon's attorney, William J. Murphy, who says comparing the Pentagon's flack to Mr. Colson is "inaccurate" and "unfair" because their two cases are not "remotely comparable." Mr. Murphy argues that the court found that Mr. Colson implemented "a scheme to defame and destroy the public image of Daniel Elsberg, with the intent to influence, obstruct and impede the control and outcome" of pending investigations and prosecutions. Mr. Inhofe, actually, couldn't agree more. Mr. Bacon's action, says the senator, can also be seen as part of "a scheme to defame and destroy the public image of Linda Tripp, with the intent to influence, obstruct and impede the conduct and outcome" of pending investigations and possible prosecutions.
We reported the other day that former White House lawyer Cheryl Mills, called to testify in the e-mail scandal, couldn't remember key facts and instead lectured a House committee on the issues it should be looking into rather than the missing correspondence. We have proposed a neologism for this sort of non-responsiveness: "to hillary," after the president's wife who once told a House committee "I don't recall" or its equivalent 50 times in 42 paragraphs.
Since the media gave scant or no coverage to Mills' appearance, however, we were unable until now to find the full citation. Here is Mills hillarying the committee in all its glory:
CHERYL MILLS (upon being asked about the missing e-mails: "[Your investigations will not] feed one person, give shelter to someone who is homeless, educate one child, provide health care for one family or offer justice to one African-American or Hispanic juvenile . . . You could spend your time making the lives of the individuals you serve better, as opposed to tearing down the staff of a president with whose vision and policies you disagree."
Remember, however, that Mills is a highly trained professional. The average reader should not attempt such a reply in a court of law or before a congressional committee.
With an arrogance and cynicism remarkable even for the Clinton regime, former White House lawyer Cheryl Mills, called to testify in the e-mail scandal, lectured a House committee on the issues it should be looking into rather than the missing correspondence. Giving the latest White House scandal a brush-off, Mills hillaried the committee by saying "You could spend your time making the lives of the individuals you serve better, as opposed to tearing down the staff of a president with whose vision and policies you disagree."
Mills performance was not reported by major media, which had lionized her during the impeachment trial. Among the slobberers was NBC's Tom Brokaw: "When Cheryl Mills, an African American lawyer, speaking to a mostly male, mostly white audience, concluded her arguments with a forceful defense of the President's record on civil rights, the note taking stopped and she had their complete attention, many of the Senators rushing up afterwards to congratulate her."
On Today, Pete Williams spoke of "A devotion that led her to conclude her defense with an emotional tribute to the President as a champion of civil rights." Said Newsweek: "A star is born."
Lost in the praise was the fact that on November 6, 1997, Mills had admitted to the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee that she and White House Counsel Jack Quinn had withheld documents for 15 months, including a memo suggesting Clinton wanted the $1.7 million White House Office Data Base shared with the DNC. A House Committee report declared her testimony to be false.
HOUSE COMMITTEE REPORT
DRUDGE REPORT: Former White House counsel Charles Ruff used variants of "I don't Know, I don't remember, I don't' recall or I have no specific recollection..." 12 times within the first 30 minutes of questioning before a congressional committee investigating missing White House e-mails . . .
A June 19, 1977 Washington Post story by Bob Woodward may have revealed The Real Ruff. Woodward's story interviewed the last Watergate special prosecutor, Charles Ruff. Ruff said he expected his work on Watergate to be questioned someday, saying "there are judgment calls that were made that people can legitimately question."
Ruff told Woodward how it may all look different to future congressional investigators, and if called to testify someday at such an inquiry, Ruff said he knows just what to do. "I'd say, 'Gee, I just don't remember what happened back then', and they won't be able to indict me for perjury and that, maybe, that's the principal thing that I've learned in four years....I just intend to rely on that failure of memory."
THEY COULD EVEN READ BLUMENTHAL'S MAIL
WASHINGTON POST: The White House yielded yesterday to a sharply worded congressional protest and produced a thick stack of e-mail correspondence dealing with former White House intern Monica S. Lewinsky along with several documents President Clinton's lawyers originally contended might be privileged . . . The inquiry has already churned up a variety of records, including one showing that a large volume of e-mail for White House aide Sidney Blumenthal was deleted from his personal computer in December 1998 at the height of the impeachment crisis. According to a Jan. 6, 1999, memo by White House computer specialist Daniel "Tony" Barry, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, White House officials were talking about deleting the messages to Blumenthal from their automated, permanent archives as well. No reason was mentioned, nor was the final decision.
NEWSMAX: Blumenthal has repeatedly denied being the source of disparaging comments to the press about Monica Lewinsky. Asked about that in a deposition taken for the impeachment trial, he testified: "I have no idea how anything came to be attributed to a White House source." But a long-time friend of Blumenthal's, journalist Christopher Hitchens, swore in an affidavit that Blumenthal several times described Ms. Lewinsky as a "stalker" and President Clinton as "the victim" of a predatory and unstable young woman, when they had lunch in March 1998 . . . Hitchens also swore he knows of other journalists told the same story by Blumenthal . . . Republicans believed Blumenthal was responsible for leaking stories about Ken Starr, his staff and Henry Hyde, and they believed Blumenthal was behind the story in Salon magazine about Mr. Hyde's extramarital affair 30 years ago. Blumenthal denied the allegations.
ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE: President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton played host to Webb Hubbell at the White House until six weeks before he pleaded guilty to defrauding clients and partners at his former law firm, according to Secret Service records. The records show that Hubbell was authorized to enter the White House at least 14 times during the nine months between March 14, 1994, when he announced his resignation from the No. 3 post at the Justice Department, and Dec. 6, 1994, when he pleaded guilty to bilking clients and partners at Little Rock's Rose Law Firm, where he had been a partner with Hillary Clinton. At least four of those visits were at the invitation of the Clintons themselves.
INSIGHT MAGAZINE: Insight has discovered previously unknown DNC telephones inside the White House complex, billing records for which may shed additional light on fund-raising issues still under investigation. Installation of these phone lines could be a violation of federal laws that prohibit the mixing of political and government services on government property, say legal experts. Insight also has learned of the existence of more unknown backup "tapes" of virtually every White House employee's computer. In fact, there are nearly 900 archived external-storage devices containing these materials. And most never have been revealed to federal investigators and/or were not searched or inventoried by the White House as required under subpoena throughout the Clinton-Gore scandals. These backup "tapes" include, for example, information copied by external drives and technicians from computers once used by Billy Dale (the former White House Travel Office director), Leon Panetta (the former White House chief of staff), Craig Livingstone (the former White House security director) and Harold Ickes (the former White House deputy chief of staff). Some of the "tapes" are secreted within the White House complex, while others are stored at an off-site facility in Greenbelt, Md.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Said by Democrats at the time
of the impeachment trial
Sen. Barbara Boxer: "Rejecting these articles of impeachment does not place this President above the law. As the Constitution clearly says, he remains subject to the laws of the land just like any other citizen of the United States."
Sen. Herbert Kohl: "President Clinton is not 'above the law.' His conduct should not be excused, nor will it. The President can be criminally prosecuted, especially once he leaves office. In other words, his acts may not be 'removable' wrongs, but they could be 'convictable' crimes."
Sen. Joseph Lieberman: "Whether any of his conduct constitutes a criminal offense such as perjury or obstruction of justice is not for me to decide. That, appropriately, should and must be left to the criminal justice system, which will uphold the rule of law in President Clinton's case as it would for any other American."
Sen. Richard Bryan: "For those who believe that the President is guilty of perjury and obstruction of justice -- criminal offenses -- there is a forum available for that determination."
Sen. Frank Lautenberg: "[The] legal system, our civil and criminal laws provide the proper venue for a President who has failed in his private character. . . . And in this case, the legal system can and will continue to address the President's personal transgressions."
Sen. Kent Conrad: "Offensive as they were, the President's actions have nothing to do with his official duties, nor do they constitute the most serious of private crimes. In my judgment, these are matters best left to the criminal justice system."
Sen. John Breaux: "For wrongful acts that are not connected with the official capacity and duties of the President of the United States, there are other ways to handle it. There is the judicial system. There is the court system. There are the U.S. attorneys out there waiting. There may even be the Office of Independent Counsel, which will still be there after all of this is finished."
[Wall Street Journal]
INSIGHT MAGAZINE: Judicial Watch is preparing to file a sworn affidavit from a former White House deputy counsel in the Office of Administration that accuses superiors, including John Podesta, the current White House chief of staff, with preparing false and misleading affidavits for submission in a court case. The declaration of Jane D. Weaver, a colonel in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, will be filed before Judge Royce Lamberth's district court by Judicial Watch in its $90 million "Filegate" case against the Clinton White House. The explosive charges levied by Weaver, who left the White House job early in Bill Clinton's first term, alleges that in a separate case (Armstrong et al vs. Executive Office of the President) that members of the White House counsel's office routinely sought to force or insert incorrect information or otherwise provided misleading facts into sworn affidavits filed by EOP employees to the courts.
"I vividly remember one Clinton White House meeting (I believe it was in the West Wing), which included then-Deputy Chief of Staff John Podesta, lawyers from the White House Counsel's Office, and the Department of Justice where the Armstrong case and related affidavits were discussed," Weaver states. "Over my objections, it was decided by Podesta and others at the meeting to pursue a course of action I felt was misleading and legally inconsistent with prior sworn declarations to the court."
Moreover, Weaver reveals in her shocking declaration: "There was definite pressure on me from the Clinton White House and Counsel's Offfice to obtain misleading affidavits."
She goes on to provide specific examples and reviews one occassion where she "had to work past midnight on a particular Armstrong compliance issue because sataffers at OA ... refused to sign affidavits with language prepared by White House Counsel because they were false, or the declarations the White House wanted to be made concerned things which were unknowns (and thus could not be testified to), making the affidavits misleading."
KEN ADAMS, SACRAMENTO: I don't really disagree with you on Clinton, but I don't think it would be any different if Bush/Dole would have been elected. I remember being lied to all during the Iran/Contra hearings and before (and after). Remember when the USG under Reagan/Bush said they weren't supplying the contras until the evidence was shot down. Not to mention the hypocrisy of the two previous administrations of letting the contras ship in drugs for money and guns. I still don't understand why citizens aren't outraged by that behavior. I could go on, but I'm sure you get my meaning.
THOMAS SMITH, DC: I keep hearing that Clinton is lying and that he is the worst, but how does that jib with the recent histories of the Spanish War, the actions of Wilson internally and externally, the Cold War lies, the lies about our neutrality in WW1, the "side show" of Cambodia, the shipments of uranium to Israel, on and on. All of our presidents have lied and manipulated the public, have disregarded or perverted the constitution so what's new? Clinton is in good company.
SAM: This is the sort of thing historians argue about for years, but here's my take:
While many presidents have lied, none has been so repeatedly and pathologically dishonest as Clinton. My personal experience covering presidential politics goes back over 40 years and eight presidents. I have also closely followed corrupt politics in three cities. No one has ever accused me of not being cynical enough about politics. Yet when Clinton came along, I was impressed.
Forget about Lewinsky. That's a shell game that has successfully kept everyone's attention off some basic facts:
-- From his mother, who hung out with Mafia leaders at the race track, to his very first campaign, in which he was bankrolled by an uncle tied to the New Orleans mob, Bill Clinton grew up in a thoroughly dishonest, corrupt, and often illegal environment. He can be fairly called our first mob president, because he is in no small part the political product of the Dixie Mafia, a criminal confederacy more deadly even than its northern peers, among whose major activities has been the use of certain southern states such as Arkansas as domestic narco-republics. This didn't start with Clinton and it hasn't ended yet. As recently as two years ago, Arkansas Highway Police seize $3.1 million in cash from four suitcases in a tractor-trailer rig's sleeper section. The driver was charged with money laundering among other things. The seizure was the fourth largest in American history and nearly fifty times more than all the illegal money seized by Arkansas highway police in a typical year.
-- We have never had a White House that has stonewalled, obstructed justice, and had its associates lie, take the Fifth, or flee the country so frequently in order to cover up events or avoid prosecution. We have never before had a president who lied under oath and been caught. We have never had a president's wife give such patently evasive answers to Congress, saying "I don't recall" or its equivalent some 50 times in 42-paragraph statement. Never.
-- We have never had so many associates and firms connected with the White House be convicted of, or plead guilty to, so many crimes. Never.
-- These crimes did not involve sex, but drug trafficking, racketeering, extortion, bribery, tax evasion, kickbacks, embezzlement, fraud, conspiracy, fraudulent loans, illegal gifts, illegal campaign contributions, money laundering, perjury, and obstruction of justice.
-- We have never had so many illegal campaign contributions, with so many coming from foreign sources. Never.
-- We have never had so many witnesses in criminal investigations associated with the White House who have died under suspicious circumstances. Never.
-- We have never had a president among whose associates there have been so many suicides, murders, and unexplained deaths. The number of these, even by the most conservative accounting, exceeds, say, the number of persons killed by the NY Mafia during its peak decade of the 70s.
This is not to say Clinton is alone in his corruption. As I wrote in "The Great American Political Repair Manual,"
"There is a world of difference, however, between simple human error and premeditated malevolence. One of the most remarkable things about American politics over the past thirty years is how often the latter has intruded on the normal workings of our democracy. Many of these incidents have been poorly reported or only briefly covered and then forgotten. The cumulative story has been almost totally ignored. We need not finally determine who killed JFK and for what reasons to recognize a more generic fact: our politics has been repeatedly interrupted and distorted by assassins, mobs, rogue intelligence agents and agencies, freelance conspirators, drug runners, massive corruption, illegal financial manipulation and off-the-shelf government operations."
Mob politics began in earnest with John Kennedy, who, like Clinton, grew up in a mob-enhanced environment and retained mob ties throughout his career. This influence manifested itself at the Bay of Pigs and, some have argued, in his assassination. Only rarely -- as when Carter tried to clean house at the CIA -- has any subsequent president really challenged this new dark and dirty system of governance. Clinton has simply embraced it.
Remember, too, that all this is before we get around to such other issues as Clinton's assault on democracy and civil liberties, the unprecedented incarceration of Americans, or his attack on the social programs and values his own party painfully constructed over 60 years.
In such ways is Clinton different both in degree and substance from all who preceded him.
FOX NEWS: FBI Director Louis Freeh wrote a second memo to Attorney General Janet Reno urging her to seek an independent counsel to investigate Vice President Al Gore's role in the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign fund-raising irregularities, Fox News has learned. The second memo, written in late 1998, and whose existence was previously unknown to the public, specifically refers to DOJ's so-called second investigation of Al Gore, or the "Gore 2 investigation." That investigation concerned whether or not Gore lied to investigators when he said he did not remember seeing documents or hearing conversations about fund-raising phone calls during a key 1995 meeting. Gore has said he frequently left the room during that meeting because he was drinking a lot of iced tea and had to go to the bathroom. In the second memo, the FBI director was incredulous, according to the investigators, and recommended investigation by a special prosecutor into whether or not Gore was aware of the questionable practices. The memo was written after the last of two interviews by the FBI of the vice president regarding his knowledge of fund-raising practices in the 1996 campaign. Reno dismissed Freeh's recommendation for an independent counsel in "Gore 2."
JUDGE INTIMIDATION: The US News & World Report reports that the Clinton White House is "egging on" Democrats in the Senate to block any future appointment of Judge Royce Lamberth, the federal judge overseeing the Filegate and Chinagate civil litigation. The Clinton White House, along with Hillary Clinton, is a defendant in the Filegate lawsuit argued by Judicial Watch. Bill Clinton and Al Gore, along with others, are defendants in JW's Chinagate litigation. Judge Lamberth has recently ruled that Bill Clinton committed the crime of violating the Privacy Act when he (with the help of Mrs. Clinton) released letters from the government files of Kathleen Willey. "Simply put, it may be a crime for the Clinton White House to threaten a federal judge in a case in which it is a defendant," stated Judicial Watch Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman.
PRESIDENT CLINTON'S trip to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Switzerland will cost at least as much as Kenneth Starr's investigation into criminal wrongdoing at the White House.
PAUL SPERRY, WORLDNET DAILY: Several years before coming to the White House and quickly replacing its relatively new phone system, Bill Clinton had the same thing done in the Arkansas state house. He not only had a contractor yank out the state Capitol's existing phone system, but he also had it modify the tracing software to remove phone numbers from long-distance billing records, WorldNet Daily has learned. As first reported in the April 27 edition of WorldNetDaily, President Clinton paid AT&T, in effect, to turn off a software feature that records the originating desk phone numbers of overseas calls from the White House, says former White House phone manager Sheryl Hall. The motive for hiding the source of the White House phone calls is unclear. But a former Arkansas state government department head charges that Clinton, as governor, blocked the state phone system's caller detail to hide costly out-of-state campaign fund-raising calls that he and his aides made from his Little Rock, Ark., office.
The official speculates that dialing for dollars explains the secret phone software changes in the White House.
WHITE CORRESPONDENTS' DINNER
TONY BLANKLEY, WASHINGTON TIMES: Mr. Clinton was not deprecating himself, he was rubbing the nation's nose in his dirty business. At previous press dinners, Mr. Clinton has made fun of his obstructing justice, perjury and the Lincoln Bedroom campaign finance abuses. In one of those jokes he said that the good thing about Chelsea's going off to college was it gave him another room at the White House to rent out to big contributors . . . If Nixon had been able to deliver a 20 minute stand-up routine, should that have excused his transgressions? "Take my chief of staff . . . please. If you like the edited transcripts, you'll love the 18-minute gap. Watergate, that's not a word, it's a sentence." Almost 500 years ago, Michel de Montaigne, the French statesman and essayist, wisely wrote: "We owe subjection and obedience equally to all kings, for that concerns their office; but we do not owe esteem, any more than affection, except to their virtue."
JERRY SEPER, WASHINGTON TIMES: Officials at Northrop Grumman Corp. have confirmed that thousands of White House e-mails containing information on "Filegate," campaign finance abuses, "Chinagate" and Monica Lewinsky were never turned over to a federal grand jury or three congressional committees despite pending subpoenas. House investigators said yesterday the confirmation came after extensive interviews with Northrop Grumman employees, who discovered a glitch in the White House computer system in 1998 showing that more than 100,000 White House e-mails involving 500 computer users had never been surrendered. The Northrop Grumman employees, all of whom worked at the White House under a long-term computer contract, also confirmed that White House officials threatened them with "jail" if they spoke about the problem to their employer or their spouses. They also said the glitch later was labeled "Project X" and the e-mails were listed as "classified" documents.
NEWMAX: Federal judge Royce Lamberth ruled today that the Pentagon violated the Privacy Act when it improperly released information from Linda Tripp's personnel files. Judicial Watch had sought the judge's involvement in the Tripp case, claiming that the Clinton administration had been using confidential government files against its opponents. Judicial Watch currently has a class action suit before Judge Lamberth claiming the Clinton administration illegally rummaged through nearly 1000 FBI background files of Republicans. Some legal experts say that the judge's motion today in the Tripp case proves the White House obstructed justice during the Starr investigation in an effort to silence Tripp.
In 1998, a Pentagon official turned over details of Tripp's personnel files to New York magazine, which reported that Tripp had not revealed she had been arrested as a teenager.
"A contractor for Northrop-Grumman assigned to the Clinton White House who examined this group of 100,000 e-mails told me the documents contained information relating to Filegate, concerning the Monica Lewinsky scandal, the sale of Clinton Commerce Department trade mission seats in exchange for campaign contributions and Vice President Al Gore's involvement in campaign fundraising controversies . . . I was told by this contractor that if the contents of these e-mails became known, that there would be different outcomes to these scandals, as the e-mails were incriminating and could cause people to go to jail. -- Affidavit by former manager of White House computer operations, Sheryl Hall
The journalist enablers of the Clinton machine are out in force again, busily rewriting history in time for the presidential campaign. For example, the Washington Post's Richard Cohen writes, "Whatever the reason, if after years of investigation no real crimes are found, then future generations are going to be mystified. Why all the investigations, not to mention the venom? For the press, especially those paid to offer their opinions, it would not be too soon to start asking those question now--and offering apologies where apologies are due."
Here is what Clinton apologists Cohen don't want you to know: No administration in history has had so many individuals and firms associated with it convicted of, or plead guilty to, felonies. No administration in history has had so many cabinet officials come under criminal investigation. No administration in history has had so many individuals take the Fifth or flee the country on its behalf. No administration has had so many individuals associated with it die under suspicious circumstances. No administration has received so much in illegal campaign contributions nor have so much of these contributions come from foreign sources.
Those are the facts, no matter how many books, columns and talk shows are produced to suggest otherwise.
CLINTON SCANDALS II
Longtime Clinton crony Charlie Trie took the Fifth in a deposition involving what he knew concerning the sale of Clinton-Gore Commerce Department trade missions for campaign contributions and other matters. Trie was able to take the Fifth because of the carefully circumscribed use immunity granted him by the Justice Department that, in effect, gave it control over what Trie says and to whom. The person at Justice in charge of when Trie opens and closes his mouth is Robert Conrad, the same person assigned to handle damage control concerning the missing White House e-mails.
CLINTON SCANDALS III
JERRY SEPER THE WASHINGTON TIMES: The White House has in its possession a previously undisclosed computer disk with e-mails by former intern Monica Lewinsky to two grand jury witnesses while her affair with President Clinton was under investigation. The e-mails are among thousands of messages sought under subpoena between 1996 and 1998 by a federal grand jury and three congressional committees, but never turned over . . . The "zip disk," a sophisticated floppy-like disk with expanded storage space, was compiled after a manual search of the Lewinsky e-mail file by a Northrop Grumman Corp. contract employee who denied its existence under oath last week before the House Government Reform Committee . . . On the disk are e-mails Miss Lewinsky sent to Betty Currie, who is Mr. Clinton's personal secretary, and Ashley Raines, who worked in the White House Office of Policy Development Operations. Mrs. Currie, who facilitated meetings between the president and the intern, and Miss Raines, in whom Miss Lewinsky confided she was having sexual relations with Mr. Clinton, were witnesses before the Lewinsky grand jury.
DAVID SCHIPPERS, FORMER LEAD COUNSEL, CLINTON IMPEACHMENT TRIAL: "I am convinced that one of the reasons we were not able to get our trial in the Senate was because some of the material in Filegate was used... shall we say.... to coerce some of the members [of Congress]"
WASHINGTON TIMES: The independent counsel's office and two congressional committees yesterday opened investigations into accusations by a former White House aide that the administration hid thousands of e-mail messages concerning "Filegate," Monica Lewinsky, and Chinese and other campaign finance abuses. President Clinton, responding to a report in The Washington Times on the accusations of Sheryl L. Hall, former White House manager of computer operations, denied any wrongdoing, saying he believed the administration had "complied with every request" . . . Investigators want to know whether White House officials obstructed justice and concealed the documents, the sources said. "The White House assured us they had given us everything, and we assumed that was true," said a senior Senate investigator involved in the probe of suspected Chinese involvement in the 1996 election.
WASHINGTON TIMES: Arthur A. Coia, the former president of a labor union who raised millions of dollars for Bill Clinton, Al Gore and the Democratic Party, is now a convicted felon and big-time tax cheat, too. Coia pleaded guilty in federal court last week to a felony charge that he defrauded taxpayers in Rhode Island of nearly $100,000 in taxes that were due on three Ferrari sports cars worth more than $1.7 million, including one for which Coia paid more than $1 million . . . Instead of hard time, Coia got two years probation. Instead of the $250,000 fine, Coia will pay a puny $10,000.
CULTURE OF IMPUNITY
WASHINGTON POST: Vacant vehicles can hide bombs and snipers. So before President Clinton moves about a city he's visiting, police often post "no parking" signs and tow hundreds of automobiles. The president is protected, but drivers left playing hide-and-seek with their cars often are annoyed . . . In Chappaqua, NY, a handful of homeowners can no longer park on the street in their cul-de-sac where the president and Hillary Rodham Clinton bought a house. New Yorkers to the south know all too well what happens when they park in presidential no-parking zones . . . Drivers in Washington are the most frequent victims. Local police say they tow about 1,000 vehicles a year to secure streets so Clinton can make speeches, have lunch or catch a basketball game.