Monday, June 16, 2003

“Hillary Clinton and theSorcerers Stone” sounds like the title to a new Harry Potter book. Far from the unvarnished truth, Mrs. Clinton’s new memoir serves up a large helping of selective history, omissions and other magical make-believe. After reading Mrs. Clinton’s book, it’s clear Hillary — like Bill Clinton — never accepts responsibility for her actions. Instead, she continues to unfairly blame Ken Starr and the so-called “vast right-wing conspiracy” for her and her husband’s troubles.

In her book, Mrs. Clinton does not address many important questions from her time as First Lady. Those of us involved in the investigations are not surprised by her continued fabrications. But it is important to establish a record of those lies, so that her fantasy will not go unchallenged as she begins her own bid for the White House.

Fiction: Mrs. Clinton falsely claims that the Whitewater Independent Counsel exonerated her and President Clinton and that the investigations didn’t amount to anything. Truth: Mrs. Clinton fails to mention Mr. Starr’s 12 Whitewater convictions, including the Clinton’s business partner’s Jim McDougal, who died in prison, and Susan McDougal, who refused to testify, former Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker and Mrs. Clinton’s Rose Law Firm partner and Associate Attorney General Webster Hubbell.

Fiction: Mrs. Clinton continues to unfairly attack Mr. Starr on his broad and lengthy investigation. Truth: She fails to mention Mr. Starr inherited the main body of his investigation from the-then attorney general Reno appointed special counsel Robert Fiske and that it was White House stonewalling that caused the investigation to linger.

Fiction: Mrs. Clinton claims to have cooperated fully and completely with all investigations. Truth: Mrs. Clinton ignores the unmeritorious assertion of attorney-client privilege to block prosecutors from questioning government lawyers; the attempt at securing a secret-service privilege to block investigators from questioning the president’s Secret Service detail; and obstructing the investigation with constant refusals to turn over documents with unfounded executive privilege claims. All these tactics were defeated in court, but served to drag out the investigation.

Omission: Mrs. Clinton ignores the nearly one million dollars given to Mr. Hubbell after his resignation from the Justice Department, seen by investigators as hush money. Mrs. Clinton fails to mention White House associate counsel Jane Sherburne’s memo to “monitor” Hubbell’s cooperation with the independent counsel’s office or Mr. Hubbell’s jailhouse assertion that he would not “roll-over.”

Fiction: Mrs. Clinton continues to spin the false tale that the Rose Law Firm billing records, once found, exonerated her and fails to address how the billing records got into her private office in the residence of the White House. Truth: The billing records were under subpoena for over two years and were probably never going to be turned over. Mrs. Clinton’s assistant Carolyn Huber found them and turned them over to the independent counsel’s office. Mrs. Clinton fails to disclose that her fingerprints were found on the records and that the records contradict her testimony under oath about her work for Madison Guaranty and Mr. McDougal’s fraudulent Castle Grande real estate deal.

Fiction: Mrs. Clinton states that the night of Vince Foster’s death, his office wasn’t sealed because it was not a crime scene. Truth: Mr. Foster was dead either from homicide or suicide, which made his office a crime-scene. Numerous individuals entered Mr. Foster’s office the night of his death and Secret Service officer Henry O’Neil testified that he witnessed Maggie Williams, Mrs. Clinton’s chief of staff, carrying documents out of Mr. Foster’s office. We will never know what was taken out of Mr. Foster’s office the night of his death.

Fiction: Mrs. Clinton tries to distance herself from Mr. McDougal and the Whitewater business venture. Truth: There were eleven loans and numerous fraudulent financial transactions completed to benefit Whitewater, including one loan to Mrs. Clinton from Mr. McDougal owned Madison Bank. Jim and Susan McDougal were both convicted for a series of fraudulent loans, including one to Bill Clinton, which was only discovered by happenstance after a tornado hit an abandoned car.

Fiction: Mrs. Clinton slanders Billy Dale, the former travel office chief, in an attempt to prove she was right to fire and investigate him. Truth: Mrs. Clinton tried to install a relative of Mr. Clinton into the travel office and dole contracts out to their friends. Mrs. Clinton states in her book, Mr. Dale “offered to plead guilty to a criminal charge and to serve a brief prison sentence, but the prosecutor insisted on going to trial,” and lost. This lowly attack only serves to smear Mr. Dale while making her look good. After Mr. Dale was acquitted on all charges his legal bills were paid by a bi-partisan vote of Congress.

This was the modus operandi of the Clinton White House. Attack those who accuse, selectively leak information and blame the leaks on your enemies, claim cooperation while at the same time, assert privilege and refuse to turn over documents and provide testimony. Mrs. Clinton will need more than a magic potion to make the American people forget the Clinton’s eight years in the White House.

David N. Bossie is the president of Citizens United. He served as the chief investigator for the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Government Reform and Oversight and an investigator on the Senate Whitewater Committee.

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