- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 21, 2001

When Richard Cayce, a Texas businessman, walked into a Dallas hotel on the morning of Aug. 10, 1998, he was carrying $30,000 in cash to an appointment with Roger Clinton and two other men.
Why? According to the New York Times, lawyers for the former presidents half brother and his two associates say that Mr. Cayce was trying to recruit Roger Clinton as a spokesman for a charity Mr. Cayce was setting up. They say this with a straight face, which means they havent envisioned the full impact Roger Clinton would have as some kind of an overgrown Jerrys Kid. They also say that the $30,000 was just the price of doing business with their illustrious clients: Mr. Clinton, "musician" and convicted felon; George Locke, former Arkansas state senator with whom Mr. Clinton was busted for cocaine distribution in the mid-1980s; and Dickey Morton,long-ago University of Arkansas football star.
Please. If this the best that Clinton lawyers can come up with, the mighty spin machine is long overdue for a lube job. Much more plausible are the two cases prosecutors are building around the testimonies of four Texans, including Mr. Cayce, who have told a federal grand jury in New York, FBI agents, and congressional investigators probing Pardongate about their dealings with a shady Little Rock company named C.L.M. the initials reportedly standing for Clinton, Locke and Morton, emphasis on Clinton.
The story, bits and pieces of which have been coming out, almost serial-style, in roughly weekly installments via "The Batchelor &Alexander; Show" on WABC radio in New York, made a mainstream splash this past weekend with front-page stories in both the New York Times and the Los Angeles Times that clued readers in to the basics of the two related cases building against Roger Clinton. In the first case, Richard Cayce says he was trying to buy a pair of diplomatic passports to enhance his prestige as a businessman, and that C.L.M. promised to trade on its half-brotherly ties to then-President Clinton and deliver the passports to him. In the second case, Mr. Cayce put his friend, Garland Lincecum, in touch with the company to shop separately for a presidential pardon. At the time, Mr. Lincecum, 67, was about to begin serving a 7-year sentence for fraud. Mr. Lincecum says he met with Mr. Clintons two associates, Mr. Locke and Mr. Morton, in a hotel (as Roger Clinton stood on a nearby balcony) where, both Mr. Lincecum and Mr. Cayce say, C.L.M. promised to arrange a presidential pardon in exchange for $200,000, a sum the Lincecum family scraped together to pay.
While Mr. Cayce never got his diplomatic passports, and Mr. Lincecum is still in the pen a different, more secure prison, having come to fear for his life after being attacked in his first prison this isnt just a story about possible consumer fraud. It is also about whether Roger Clinton was actually in the business of offering assorted presidential favors in exchange for hefty fees. He denies it. Are the witnesses against him making everything up? What imaginations. One of the more vivid assertions comes from Mr.Cayce, who, according to the New York Times, has told investigators that he asked Roger Clinton what would happen if his brother were impeached before he could grant Mr. Lincecums pardon. No problem. Roger Clinton told him that "he could control Al Gore as well and that business would be as usual if Bill was gone."
At least it makes great beach reading. Too bad Mr. Clintons erstwhile partners have taken the Fifth. Of course, Mr. Clinton is expected to take the Fifth if he is called to testify.
If he is called to testify?

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