DOWNSIDE LEGACY AT TWO DEGREES OF PRESIDENT CLINTON
SECTION: BREACH OF TRUST
NewsMax.com 5/10/99 "..."Perhaps the most prophetic of all the memorabilia Bill gave me were bar exam notes made in the margin of the 'Nacrelli Bar Review School' book," writes onetime bodyguard and Clinton confidant L.D. Brown in his blockbuster expose, "Crossfire: Witness in the Clinton Investigation"..... "I know Bill used the book," explains Brown, "and there are many entires in longhand made throughout the approximately 300 pages of text. The most telling entries are found in the sections on criminal law and taxation. In the definition of treason, the passages concerning treason requiring an overt act as well as involving two witnesses are underlined." ..."
American Spectator (Web Site) 6/25/99 John Corry "...Betrayal: How the Clinton Administration Undermined American Security by Bill Gertz Regnery / 299 pages / $27.95 Distorting Defense: Network News and National Security by Stephen P. Aubin Praeger / 262 pages / $59.95 Reviewed by John Corry ....President Clinton's most important legacy will not be his serio-comic sex scandals, but his dead serious disarmament of the United States and his self-serving appeasement of powerful and determined enemies....The administration's policies have endangered not only the United States, but the peace and security of the entire world. And this grim prospect has come about, according to Gertz, primarily for two reasons. The administration, suspicious of the military to begin with, placed economic gains ahead of security needs. Meanwhile it put its faith in treaties, promises, and the supposed good intentions of others. Their words, not their deeds, were what counted, and realistic assessments of their potential military threats were ignored so as not to endanger "constructive engagements" and "strategic partnerships." Rather than penalizing China or Russia, say, for violating international agreements, the administration would amend the agreements. Rather than telling the public about the continuing arms buildups by China and Russia, it would pretend the buildups did not exist. Policy was tailored not for the real world, but for a world of the administration's own choosing. The White House demonstrated an unwillingness, or inability, to deal with difficult issues. Worse, it practiced outright deceit.....Distorting Defense: Network News and National Security, by Stephen P. Aubin, is a kind of companion book to Betrayal. Aubin, who holds a doctorate in national security affairs, analyzes television coverage of defense issues and finds it uninformed. One reason for this, he writes in his intelligent book, is that too often the White House, and not the Pentagon, provides the focus for coverage. Aubin also notes the ease with which the networks tend to label both persons and things as "conservative," "right-wing," or "hard-line," and their reluctance to call anyone "liberal" or "left wing." Aubin, though scrupulously nonpartisan, dryly notes that the "conservatives" are usually depicted as "bad guys." ...."
CREATORS SYNDICATE, INC. 5/12/99 Dr. Paul Craig Roberts "....Adultery, sexual promiscuity and lying now bear the presidential seal of approval..... Clinton has established that perjury and obstruction of justice are not sufficient grounds for removing a president from office.....Clinton might be the first president to commit treason.... Clinton is using a totally politicized Justice Department to prevent an investigation and has bottled up Congress' own investigation by refusing to release the Cox report. Both Congress and the media have acquiesced to Clinton's refusal to be held accountable, further strengthening the precedent that the president is accountable only to polls. Clinton is the first to turn the White House into a campaign operation, not only selling the Lincoln bedroom, but also U.S. policy. Using an obscure law, Clinton made a national monument in Utah out of billions of dollars of non-polluting coal deposits. The direct benefactor was the Indonesian/Chinese Lippo Group -- another source of Clinton's illegal campaign contributions -- which owns the other major deposits of environmentally safe coal. Clinton has politicized the FBI. The bureau acquiesced in the Clinton administration's illegal demand for hundreds of files on Republicans. The FBI also helped Bill and Hillary Clinton cover up the purge and illegal prosecution of White House Travel Office personnel..... Clinton politicized the IRS and ordered audits of conservative think tanks and organizations. Clinton has politicized the NATO alliance, turning a defensive European alliance into an aggressor in behalf of a Muslim drug gang in Kosovo, a province of Serbia....The casualties are mainly civilians, making Clinton the first American president who is a war criminal under the charter of the International Criminal Court.... Clinton has established that the morality of the liberal elites is an issue-driven morality. For liberals, morality is determined by a person's position on homosexual rights, the radical feminist agenda, minority privileges and the Second Amendment, not by personal behavior. Clinton has established that the U.S. media has no integrity...... For example, infuriated Canadians have called for a criminal investigation by the Justice Department of the sale of infected blood from prison inmates in Arkansas while Clinton was governor of the state....The Canadian call has gone unheeded, both by the Justice Department and the U.S. media...Clinton is the first president to be held in contempt of court by a federal judge....."
D. James Kennedy 7/6/99 " A thousand Christians were "manacled to doors, then beaten and tortured with electric shocks to their genitals," according to a recent report issued by prison Fellowship founder Charles W. Colson. "Babies were not spared. Mothers were forced to lay their infants on the floor and watch helplessly while police struck them with sticks." Who would perpetrate such an atrocity? The government of Egypt, according to Colson's report. It happened in late October, as the nation's mostly Islamic leadership executed a "crackdown" on the Christian community. Yet Egypt, one of the "largest recipients" of American foreign aid, still receives billions in non-humanitarian financial support from the U.S. government - $2.5 billion in American taxpayer money in one year alone. All of which happens in defiance of federal law, that requires the President and Congress to cut off non-humanitarian financial aid to countries where individuals are persecuted for their religious faith! "
D. James Kennedy 7/6/99 " Michael Horowitz, senior fellow at the Hoover Institute, warns Christians that they are close to becoming "the Jews of the 21st century. You have become the scapegoats of choice for the thug regimes around the world," says Horowitz, who is Jewish, "as my people were for much of European history. And the suffering is met with indifference." Most American Christians are largely unaware of the escalation of religious persecution around the world - not only because of the silence of our media, but, also because of the federal government's keen interest in keeping international trading partners happy. It is also unattractive for a politician to run the risk of tangling with a foreign government when he may have major political donors with ties to that country. Consequently, few in Washington have much incentive for making waves! ."
The Marshfield Mail 4/28/99 Gordon E. Nordquist "...Look closely, America. What happened in Littleton, Colorado and on other high school campuses around America, is a direct result of the political culture of death that has been expounded by liberals for the past century. This tragedy unfolding before our eyes, can be credited to the ideological wasteland of liberalism. And in order to define liberalism, you must go to its primary source:the Democratic Party. These liberal zealots who control thought in our government, in our schools, in our colleges, and in the major news media today, actually believed that a godless society and a godless public education system-would produce a social utopia for modern civilization. Littleton is resounding proof that it has created just the opposite. How repugnant and revolting to watch the grand wizard of Liberalism, President Bill Clinton, stammer and stutter, trying to explain this latest liberal tragedy in Colorado. How foolish for the man who personifies lawlessness himself, and who continues to shed violence across the globe, to be whining about the violence expressed by others. How sad, that the only thing this demonic and shallow individual could offer Littleton, was a platoon of Washington "Witch Doctors" (Shrinks)to aid in the healing. As if more of his liberal, gibberish drivel would get to the heart of the problem....."
WorldNet Daily Llewellyn Rockwell "...Diversity is the catchword of our times. To favor it is to be on the side of the angels. But take notice: the diversity mavens have no use for pluralism in political jurisdiction. What they want is an almighty unitary state to enforce their view of diversity, one that prevents localized experimentation. That's one explanation for the liberal outcry against the Supreme Court's recent decisions on the relationship between the federal government and the states. The court is "rewriting the very structure of our government," claims Anthony Lewis in the New York Times, wrongly assuming that most people would be alarmed by this. In fact, the court is merely permitting the states to recover some of their lost jurisdictional rights relative to the central government, with the result of greater legal and political diversity. The step was very small: the court affirmed that state governments cannot be sued on the basis of federal law in their own courts. If it were otherwise, Justice Anthony Kennedy pointed out, the Constitution would have never been ratified, since this kind of legal attack on states obliterates their autonomy. This is a point consistent with federalism, which is not merely an ideological bent or a legal theory, as media commentators would have it, but the very substance of the American system. This is clear from the text that forms the basis of the majority's opinion, the 11th amendment, which says, "the judicial power of the United States [singular] shall not be ... prosecuted against one of the United States [plural]. ..." ..."
Chattanooga Free Press 7/2/99 "...You saw a major sample of it in the O.J. Simpson murder case. It is against the law to murder. There were the blood, the DNA, the whole web of evidence that unfolded after O.J.'s slow flight by white Bronco. "Everyone" knew who did it. The trial played out almost interminably. But from the first, it seems there was no chance of getting a conviction. The jury in the criminal case just decided to ignore the law and the evidence and not convict. A different jury in the later civil case had a different view and nailed O.J., making him pay millions for inflicting "wrongful death" on Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman. Judges are supposed to rule on issues of law and juries on issues of fact. But under our system a jury can simply make up its mind to "nullify" law and evidence and rule however it pleases. Unfortunately, there are signs that "jury nullification" is increasing, thus subverting the American system of justice. A hint of that came in the Webster Hubbell case this week. The evidence was clear that President Bill Clinton lied under oath and obstructed justice enough to get him impeached by the House of Representatives. But the Senate engaged in "jury nullification" by refusing to convict, even though such liberal Democratic luminaries as Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia and Daniel Patrick Moynihan flatly asserted -- outside the Senate -- that Mr. Clinton was guilty, but -- in the Senate -- voted against conviction...."
Washington Times Rep Bob Barr 8/24/98 ".The same Clinton administration that says it can't even count all of us in a census without using bogus "sampling" techniques now has forwarded a plan not only to count us, but identify and track us like lab rats from cradle to grave. Buried 262 sections into the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is a section benignly entitled "Administrative Simplification." Unbeknownst to most members of Congress who supported this well-intentioned bill, this section is not about administrative simplification at all. It is about giving the public-health bureaucracy a sweeping mandate to create a personal code to track the most intimate and private details of every American's health history.."
Conserrvative News Service 8/26/98 Bruce Sullivan "House Republicans won a battle Monday over the Clinton Administration after a federal court ruled that the use of statistical sampling is illegal by the U.S. Census Bureau in compiling a national head count for the 2000 census . However, Secretary of Commerce William Daley , whose agency oversees the U.S. census taken every ten years as stipulated in the Constitution, has vowed to continue " planning to conduct a statistical sampling " for the 2000 census pending the appeal ."
10/6/98 Jim Abrams AP "The influx of immigrants is significantly affecting which states will come out ahead in the redistribution of House seats, according to a study released Tuesday. The Center for Immigration Studies, a think tank that favors lower immigration, said the concentration of new immigrants in just a few states resulted in six states losing House seats after the 1990 census. It predicted that seven more would lose seats after the 2000 census. That is a ``distortion of the political system in which seats are taken away from citizens and reallocated in effect to noncitizens,'' said Mark Krikorian, the center's executive director. The 435 House seats are redistributed every 10 years based on changes in the population. The Census Bureau counts all residents, including noncitizens and illegal aliens, in determining the population.."
Washington Times 3/30/99 Inside Politics Freeper newsman " "The Census Bureau has announced a 'partnership' with the AFL-CIO to help it count people next year. Although details are not clear -- will the union simply promote returning the mailed questionnaires or will labor union activists double as enumerators? --it raises a troubling specter," John J. Miller writes in National Review's Internet Update (www.nationalreview.com). "The AFL-CIO has announced plans to spend up to $46 million next year helping Democrats capture Congress. The Census Bureau's own controversial -- and probably illegal -- plan to sample the population is a political tool serving the same goal. Furthermore, there is no evidence that union members were undercounted in any previous census. Call us cynics, but why the partnership?" "
NewsDay.com 4/15/99 Darlene Superville "...Legislation designed to improve the accuracy of the census by letting local officials challenge the count before it is finalized faces an uncertain future in the Senate after its passage by the House. Republicans say the bill will prevent a repeat of the error-plagued 1990 census, because local officials know their communities best and can find the mistakes. But Democrats argued Wednesday that the true intent was to block the Census Bureau from using a scientific method known as statistical sampling..."
Washington Times 2/18/00 " The Clinton-Gore administration, the same folks who promised us "the most ethical administration in history" - (pause for hoots of derision) - continues to amass a legacy of lawlessness of uniquely epic proportions. The latest charges of perfidy come this week from a former White House computer manager named Sheryl L. Hall, who told this newspaper's Jerry Seper and Andrew Cain that the White House concealed from investigators as many as 100,000 e-mails pertaining to a range of infamous scandals, from Filegate to Chinagate, that involve both Bill and Hillary Clinton.......
Washington Times 2/18/00 " No doubt, these missives must make for compelling reading. But even more important, this trove of computer records happens to have been long sought from the White House under numerous subpoenas by a federal grand jury, by the Senate Judiciary Committee, by the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee and by the House Government Reform Committee. It would seem that all these subpoenas, separately and together, have meant less to the Clinton White House than a pile of old supermarket circulars. This, of course, is not surprising. Led by a president whose disdain for the judicial system compelled a federal judge to cite him in contempt of court, this administration simply ignored all these many legal summons .."
Washington Times 2/18/00 " And what about the behavior of the White House, as recounted by Mrs. Hall, after Clinton officials were internally notified by computer contractors that 100,000 e-mails from nearly 500 computers had not been netted in official document sweeps? Mrs. Hall says the White House "threatened, warned them not to discuss it. They were told the documents were classified. In fact," she continued, "a White House official told one of the contractors they had a jail cell with his name on it if they discussed the matter." ."
Washington Times 2/18/00 " As for hiding the e-mails and ignoring the subpoenas, Mrs. Hall further alleges in her suit that these actions were part of a purposeful strategy -"a continuing campaign by the White House to delay and impede the many, many, many investigations" into the many, many, many Clinton White House irregularities. Mrs. Hall recounts a particularly telling scrap of dialogue from Michelle Peterson of the White House Counsel's Office, who, she says, told her that the strategy was to "stall because we had just a couple of more years to go." . Until what? Following the report about Mrs. Hall's charges this week, the independent counsel's office and two congressional committees opened investigations to determine whether White House officials obstructed justice and concealed the documents in question. The clock may run out on Bill Clinton's presidency, but there is no statute of limitations on the truth .."
News Max 3/3/00 Johnny Chung " .. I never dealt with Maria Hsia, but we all know she was a fund-raiser and a good friend to Vice President Al Gore for more than a decade. When I became an American citizen I accepted the idea that no one is above the law. If ordinary people make a mistake, they will be punished for breaking the law. I broke the law while raising money for the Clinton-Gore 1996 campaign. Maria Hsia has suffered a similar fate. Unfortunately I have learned that the rule of law doesn't apply to everyone in this country. If you are powerful enough in Washington, DC or you hold a high-ranking position in our government, you can violate the law and "get away with it." When Judge Real was ready to sentence me, the Democratic National Committee, an organization I had worked closely with to help Bill Clinton and Al Gore get reelected in 1996, wrote a letter to Judge Real and portrayed themselves as victims .. Four years after the Chinagate scandal broke, we are still waiting for any administration or DNC official to be held accountable to the same law Maria and I have been held to. ."
Jewish World Review 3/3/00 Thomas Sowell " ..DO YOU WANT to live under the rule of law or under mob rule? Virtually everyone will say that they want to live under the rule of law. But what people say is not nearly as important as what they do. And what far too many people are doing is moving us closer toward mob rule. The recent trial of four policemen for the shooting of Amadou Diallo was a painful but classic example. It was clear what the angry mobs wanted -- they wanted convictions. So did our so-called first lady, who declared that it was "murder" before the first speck of evidence was presented in a court of law. Both in the courtroom and in the media, those who thwarted the mob's desires had their addresses made public .."
Heads Up 3/26/00 Doug Fiedor " .The Constitution, being the law of the land, the Clinton administration may truly be about the most corrupt administration in the history of the United States. Like the pigs in George Orwell's Animal Farm, some of today's government officials do things to harm people simply because they want to, and through immoral manipulation of already bad laws and court procedures, they can get away with it. The fact is, they are racists as well as unconstitutional pigs. That's right, gun control is racist. Ask a Polish Jew who is over sixty years old how things could have changed if they were all well armed in Warsaw in the 1930s. Ask a young ghetto mother raising kids alone in New York City or the District of Columbia how she feels totally unprotected in her apartment at night. "
Heads Up 3/26/00 Doug Fiedor " .The United States Supreme Court ruled last week that the FDA has no authority to regulate tobacco. Gee, who'd of thunk it, huh? A regulatory agency cannot make up its own authority. Wow, what a concept! [Note: FDA v. Brown, 98-1152, 2000, was decided very narrowly, as an agency authority vs. statute case. No Constitutional issues were discussed. That's a shame, too. This could and should have been a very important case.] Sometimes it seems that, even in spite of all those un-American socialists in government, the Court (five on the Court, anyway) is trying to nudge the federal government back towards the Constitution. Those important votes are usually 5 to 4 and sometimes 6 to 3 in favor of the Constitution. If we have a careful new president, judges can be placed on the Supreme Court who will vote strictly for the original intent of the Founding Fathers, which could cause freedom to blossom in this country faster than spring crocuses after the first warm rain. There's much to be done, too. We have thousands of laws, rules and regulations that are totally unconstitutional. Today's federal government is much more oppressive than the British were with the Colonists. And, as history teaches, the Colonists went to war for freedom. Well, we're not quite ready for war yet. We are, however, ready for a resurgence of good old fashioned American-style individual liberty. A vast majority of the American people agree, too. One outward sign is that half of the voting age people are so fed up with government they will not even vote anymore. "
World Net Daily 3/24/00 David Limbaugh " .Why do you suppose the framers were so insistent that only virtuous men serve as president? To set a moral example for the nation? Oh yes, but there's much more to it than that. Before you Clintonoids wrongly assume I am waxing nostalgic for impeachment and urge me "to move on," you should hear me out. Despite the brilliant scheme of checks and balances incorporated into the Constitution, the system is not foolproof against the devices of clever and deceitful men. This week, President Clinton urged India to comply with the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, which the Senate soundly rejected last year, and the Kyoto (global warming) Treaty, which he hasn't even submitted to the Senate for ratification because he knows he doesn't have the votes. In utter disregard for the Senate's constitutional role in these matters, Clinton presses forward with the unabashed arrogance of a totalitarian dictator. . On to tobacco. In an excellent article in the American Spectator, Byron York chronicles the extensive efforts of the Clinton Justice Department to bring Big Tobacco to its knees.......In another audacious move, Clinton's FDA tried to regulate tobacco as a drug. Thankfully this week, the Supreme Court, in a 5-4 decision, slapped down the FDA's attempted usurpation of authority To top it all off, the administration this week bullied gun-maker Smith & Wesson into adopting gun safety measures that Congress had so far refused to legally mandate. In exchange, the company was released from liability in lawsuits brought by more than 15 cities, the Federal Housing Authority and other groups seeking to hold manufacturers legally responsible for violence caused by their weapons. The lawsuit was never about recovering money, but using the courts as a weapon to circumvent the democratic will of Congress. Adding insult to injury, HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo has promised to use the economic coercion of the federal government to force other recalcitrant gun manufacturers to get on board. "
New York Times 3/30/00 William Saffire " ..Charles Ruff, President Clinton's defense counsel in the impeachment trial, was also the last special prosecutor of President Nixon in Watergate; he surely must remember the furor surrounding the unexplained "18 1/2-minute gap" on the tapes. Thanks to a lawsuit filed four years ago by Judicial Watch, we now discover that Ruff presided over the concealment of the Clinton administration's "100,000 e-mail gap." ......... Ruff blithely claims ignorance of technology. When informed of the "glitch" as the impeachment firestorm gathered in 1998, his associates say, Ruff assumed the problem was fixed and the search for subpoenaed evidence was under way. But it was not. And Ruff is neither negligent nor prone to easy assumptions. . As this deliberate suppression of the truth about the unsearched e-mails came to light, the Justice Department reacted with The Old Reno Trick: obstruction by in-house investigation. .. The same crew at Justice that kept the Asian fund-raising scandal away from the White House is now throwing its protective blanket over the White House aides who intimidated whistle-blowers in the e-mail concealment. Justice's criminal division will "investigate" its civil division, and insiders will have a good laugh at chairman Dan Burton's call for outside counsel . ."
Washington Post 3/30/00 George Will " ..Clinton may not be the worst president America has had, but surely he is the worst person to be president. There is reason to believe that he is a rapist ("You better get some ice on that," Juanita Broaddrick says he told her concerning her bit lip) and that he bombed a country to distract attention from legal difficulties arising from his glandular life, and that. . . . Furthermore, the bargain that he and his wife call a marriage refutes the axiom that opposites attract. Rather, she, as much as he, perhaps even more so, incarnates Clintonism. "To understand her you have to understand him" is the thesis of "The Case Against Hillary Clinton," Peggy Noonan's slender, scalding book--a broadside, as such polemics were called when Tom Paine and Emile Zola penned them. It answers with a resounding "No!" the question of whether the passions swirling around New York's Senate race are disproportionate. Noonan, a speechwriter for President Reagan and now a Wall Street Journal columnist, calls Mrs. Clinton's candidacy an act of "mad boomer selfishness and narcissism" shocking even in a Clinton. Noonan concedes that there is something admirable in Mrs. Clinton's "toughness." But a Noonan compliment, like a scorpion, has a sting in its tail: "Never has the admirable been so fully wedded to the appalling, never in modern American political history has such tenacity and determination been marshaled to achieve such puny purpose: the mere continuance of Them." .."
AP via DRUDGE 3/29/00 Pete Yost " ..U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ordered White House lawyers to answer questions they previously refused in a lawsuit brought by the conservative legal group Judicial Watch, which has filed numerous suits against the Clinton administration. "This court finds that the plaintiffs have presented facts that establish a criminal violation of the Privacy Act," Lamberth ruled. . The judge, a Republican appointee, added that evidence in the case "established that the president had the requisite intent for committing a criminal violation of the Privacy Act" when he authorized the release of the letters in the midst of the criminal investigation that led to his impeachment and acquittal ."
UPI 3/29/00 Michael Kirkland " A federal judge overseeing a massive civil suit against the White House said Wednesday that the plaintiffs in the suit had shown a criminal violation of the Privacy Act by President Clinton and other officials. The language came in a memorandum ordering the White House to respond to queries in the suit about the release of letters from Kathleen Willey. . The judge's conclusion was not a "ruling" in the sense that it came after a trial or has any legal weight beyond the civil suit, and the judge acknowledged that for the purposes of the civil suit, the allegation did not have to be proven "beyond a reasonable doubt." Asked later about the judge's language, Clinton said at a news conference, "Obviously, we don't agree with the ruling. And I can say that when the decision was made to release those letters, I didn't even have a conversation with anybody about the Privacy Act." .."
UPI 3/29/00 Michael Kirkland " Klayman and his plaintiffs "have presented facts that establish the elements of a criminal violation of the Privacy Act," Lamberth said in an explanation of why he rejected White House arguments. "The plaintiffs have sufficiently established that the White House and president were aware that they were subject to the Privacy Act, and yet chose to violate its provisions" by releasing the letters, Lamberth added. He also determined that "the president had the requisite intent for committing a criminal violation of the Privacy Act," a misdemeanor. .."
The White House 3/29/00 Beth Nolan " In 1975, then-Assistant Attorney General and current Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia recognized that the Privacy Act does not cover the entire Executive Office of the President. In every Administration since, Republican and Democratic alike, the Justice Department has consistently adhered to the view that the White House Office is not subject to the Privacy Act. Judge Lamberth's opinion is inconsistent with that precedent. In 1997, after Judge Lamberth ruled that the White House Office was subject to the Privacy Act, the White House sought the opinion of the Justice Department, and was advised that the White House Office is not required to ``alter their practices regarding the acquisition, maintenance and dissemination of information about individuals...'' The actions of the President and his staff were fully consistent with the law and the Justice Department's advice. In light of these facts and the law, we strongly disagree with Judge Lamberth's opinion and are confident it will be overturned on appeal. .."
Washington Post 3/29/00 " The Republican chairman of a House committee said Wednesday he is sending a criminal referral accusing a presidential aide of perjury in the case of the missing White House e-mails. Rep. Dan Burton, R-Ind., also said lawyers at the White House and Justice Department may have helped the aide, Daniel Barry, file a false declaration assuring a federal judge there was no problem with the White House e-mail system. "I am concerned that the lawyers in the White House counsel's office were also involved in this deception," Burton said in a letter informing U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth of the planned criminal referral to the Justice Department. Earlier in the day, Lamberth ruled that Clinton had engaged in a criminal violation of the Privacy Act by releasing letters from presidential accuser Kathleen Willey. It was in that same suit that Barry, a computer specialist, filed his assurances about the White House computer system. On July 9, he said that the White House e-mail had been archived in an automated records management system. "
ABCNEWS.com 3/29/00 Pete Yost AP " . A federal judge ruled today that President Clinton "committed a criminal violation of the Privacy Act" by releasing letters that cast doubt on the reliability of a woman who accused him of making a sexual advance in the White House. U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth ordered White House lawyers to answer questions they previously refused in a lawsuit brought by the conservative legal group Judicial Watch, which has filed numerous suits against the Clinton administration. "This court finds that the plaintiffs have presented facts that establish a criminal violation of the Privacy Act" Lamberth ruled. Such a violation is a misdemeanor. .."
ABCNEWS.com 3/29/00 Pete Yost AP " . Lamberth held that the White House was informed by one of the judge's own rulings, nine months before the release of the Willey letters in 1998, that the White House was covered by the Privacy Act. . Above the Law? The White House maintains "that the president did not act willfully because the Department of Justice has, in the past, taken the position that the White House office is not subject to the Privacy Act," the judge noted. "This court, however, has already rejected this argument in this same case," Lamberth added. "When the president and EOP [Executive Office of the President] released the letters they were fully aware of this court's ruling that the Privacy Act was applicable and that the disclosure of the letters was therefore prohibited." Lamberth said three top presidential aides - adviser Bruce Lindsey, former White House Counsel Charles F.C. Ruff and former Deputy Counsel Cheryl Mills - may have violated the Privacy Act. The ruling notes the three aides "had their discussions about whether the letters should be released" and then communicated with the president about the issue. Clinton then authorized the release of the letters, the judge said "
CBSNEWS.com 3/29/00 " ..The judge, a Republican appointee, added that evidence in the case "established that the president had the requisite intent for committing a criminal violation of the Privacy Act" when he authorized the release of letters from former White House volunteer Kathleen Willey in the midst of the 1998 criminal investigation that led to his impeachment and acquittal. At a White House news conference Wednesday, Mr. Clinton said he obviously did not agree with the judge's ruling. He said the letters from Willey were released "reluctantly'' because it was "the only way I knew to refute allegations against me that were untrue.'' The White House released the letters the morning after a 1998 TV appearance in which Willey alleged the president made an unwanted sexual advance next to the Oval Office in 1993. Presidential aides used the letters to cast doubt on Willey's allegations, saying the letters showed she remained friendly with Mr. Clinton after the alleged incident. Mr. Clinton has denied any wrongdoing. .. Lamberth held that the White House was informed by one of the judge's own rulings, nine months before the release of the Willey letters in 1998, that the White House was covered by the Privacy Act. . The White House maintains "that the president did not act willfully because the Department of Justice has, in the past, taken the position that the White House office is not subject to the Privacy Act," the judge noted. "This court, however, has already rejected this argument in this same case," Lamberth added. "When the president and EOP (executive office of the president) released the letters they were fully aware of this court's ruling that the Privacy Act was applicable and that the disclosure of the letters was therefore prohibited." "
John Mintz Washington Post Staff Writer 3/30/00 " .. A federal judge here said yesterday that President Clinton and top White House officials committed a crime in 1998 when they released letters written to the president by Kathleen E. Willey, who had accused him of fondling her. "The release of the Willey letters was a criminal violation of the Privacy Act," U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth wrote. Such a violation of the Privacy Act, which governs the release of personal information in government files, would be a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison. . The judge's ruling--which may be more significant as a political matter than a legal one--does not mean Clinton or anybody else will ever be charged criminally. It came in a civil lawsuit brought by former Reagan and Bush administration appointees who allege their privacy rights were violated when the White House improperly obtained their FBI files. ."
New York Times 3/30/00 David Stout " ..When President Clinton released personal letters from a woman who had accused him of making a sexual advance, he illegally violated her privacy, a federal judge said today. . Mr. Clinton brushed off the judge's finding at a news conference today. He and his counsel, Beth Nolan, said they would appeal the ruling that White House lawyers submit to questions from Judicial Watch, a conservative group that has been a persistent critic of the White House. .. . As part of the discovery process, Judicial Watch questioned the release of the Willey letters, even though Ms. Willey is not a party to the suit. White House aides refused to answer some of those questions, leading to today's ruling. Judge Lamberth ordered White House lawyers to submit to questioning by Judicial Watch within 20 days. .. In his ruling, Judge Lamberth said that, when Mr. Clinton and his aides released the letters, they surely knew of his 1997 finding that the White House was bound by the Privacy Act. "This court cannot accept or condone this unlawful action," he wrote. .. Judge Lamberth said there might have been no violation had the letters been "strictly personal" and kept by the president himself, instead of in White House records. It was not immediately clear what, if anything, the independent counsel Robert W. Ray would do about Judge Lamberth's finding that the president had acted illegally. Ms. Nolan disagreed with Judge Lamberth's ruling, saying that in 1975 Antonin Scalia -- then an assistant attorney general and now a Supreme Court justice -- had advised officials that much of the White House operation was not subject to the Privacy Act, and that Republicans and Democrats had agreed. "We strongly disagree with Judge Lamberth's opinion and are confident it will be overturned," she said. .."
Judicial Watch 3/29/00 " The Court has today issued a ruling stating definitively that President Bill Clinton committed a crime against Kathleen Willey, when he violated her privacy rights by intentionally and illegally releasing letters from her government file. "This is part of a pattern of similar conduct with regard to FBI files, Linda Tripp's Pentagon file, and other violations of privacy by Mr. Clinton, the Clinton-Gore White House, and their collaborators," stated Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman. "Previously, the Court ruled that Linda Tripp's Privacy Act rights were violated as well. This constitutes evidence that Filegate occurred," added Klayman. A copy of Judge Royce C. Lamberth's decision can be found at www.JudicialWatch.org. ."
WorldNetDaily 4/12/00 Larry Klayman " .."But in the end, I believe that they (Cuban-Americans) also understand that this is a nation of laws by which all must abide." -- Janet Reno, reported in the April 8 New York Times .. If only Ms. Reno and Mr. Clinton practiced what they preached to others. Indeed, there must be a reason behind the bizarre rush to return the child to Cuba, particularly since the father -- Juan Miguel Gonzalez -- originally phoned his Miami family to ask them to care for Elian before the 6-year-old boy set sail for the United States with his now sadly deceased mother, who drowned in the passage. Certainly, it is likely that Castro has both threatened and bribed Juan Miguel -- an effective technique used by all communist regimes. The former Soviet Union was filled with "problematic" apparatchiks who lived high on the hog, outside of the communist system. If they ever stepped out of line, and stopped enjoying their unique status, Siberia proved to be a nice vacation spot. Certainly, Castro is not above using the same "incentives" to keep Elian's father from carrying through with his original desire to have his son live in freedom .. However, what remains unexplained is why Clinton and Reno would sanction former White House counsel Gregory Craig, now of Williams and Connolly (the Clintons' attorneys), to play such a conspicuously shameless role in assisting Castro's propaganda machine Nor can logic explain why Clinton and Reno -- both cynical politicians of the highest order -- would risk alienating not just Cuban-Americans, but a large segment of the Florida population, a state that Democrats must win in 2000 if they are to retain control of The White House and regain control of the House of Representatives ... Could it be that Castro, who has grown very close to the Communist Chinese leadership, has a file on our dear president? And, might this file contain incriminating information about Bill's true involvement with Clinton's Castro-connected Miami fundraisers and Chinese benefactors, not just during the campaign finance debacle of 1996, but also related to "under the table" deals worked out by Ron Brown's Commerce Department to transfer classified high technology to the "Butchers of Beijing"? ... To obtain answers to these and other questions, Judicial Watch had filed a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain documents attempting to uncover the real reasons for the Clinton Administration's alliance with Castro over the return of Elian. And, typically, when Reno stonewalled, we were forced to file suit against our so-called Justice Department's Immigration and Naturalization Service. .."
Washington Post 4/15/00 John Harris David Vise " .Inside the department, Reno has relied on Deputy Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. and two senior staff members for guidance: James E. Castello, a 45-year-old associate deputy attorney general who is a former Supreme Court clerk, and Brad Glassman, a 33-year-old expert in immigration law who is counsel to the deputy attorney general. Glassman used to work at the INS. Reno also has consulted heavily with INS Commissioner Doris N. Meissner, as well as private-sector psychiatrists and psychologists, and a wide array of people she knows in Miami, where she worked as a prosecutor before becoming attorney general. Both Reno and Holder, who has solid relations at the White House, are firm in their conviction that the law must prevail, sources said, but that this happen in a way that minimizes the trauma for the child, creating an ugly confrontational scene on television. At the same time, Reno and other Justice Department officials have a plan that involves the use of federal marshals and immigration officers to seize control of the boy at an opportune time and and return him to the custody of his father, Juan Miguel Gonzalez, people familiar with the matter said. Reno was not moved by the video of the child saying he did not want to be reunited with his father that was released on Thursday. Earlier, the attorney general said, "Based on our law, based on foundations of our society, parents speak for their children."........."
NewsMax.com 4/15/00 Carl Limbacher " . Vice President Al Gore dodged a political bullet on Wednesday, when he suggested he would not pardon President Clinton if he's indicted next January for his crimes in the Monica Lewinsky case. But in reality, Gore made no such promise and, in an interview late last year, he left the door wide open on a Clinton pardon. When asked about a Clinton pardon on Wednesday at the American Society of Newspaper Editors, Gore said, "President Clinton is way ahead of you on this. He said publicly some time ago that he would neither request nor accept a pardon, so that's the answer to that question." But that wasn't Gore's answer to that question in December, when Los Angeles Times reporter Edwin Chen asked about a Clinton pardon. Gore called the question "completely hypothetical," then complained, "I don't think it's a responsible way to deal with an issue like that, (in) a political context." According to reporter Chen, Gore was "taken aback by the question." Missing from Gore's response were the words, "No, I won't pardon him." ."
Reuters 4/13/00 " President Clinton said on Thursday he wanted to see the rule of law upheld in the resolution to the international custody battle over Cuban shipwreck survivor Elian Gonzalez. "This case is about the rule of law," Clinton said. "I've done everything I could to stay out of it, to avoid politicizing it. I do believe it is our responsibility to uphold the rule of law and I believe we are doing it." The long custody battle looked set for a painful end on Thursday as Elian's Miami relatives said the U.S. government would have to come and take the boy from their home if they wanted to return him to his father, who is waiting in Washington. .."
lewrockwell.com 4/1/00 Joe Sobran " ..America desperately needs a new book, perhaps with the title A COMPACT ENCYCLOPEDIA OF THE CLINTON SCANDALS Of course each entry in the proposed encyclopedia should include Clinton's (or the relevant crony's) alibi. He didn't do it, he couldn't remember doing it, it was an honest mistake, it was technically legal, he thought it was legal when he did it, there was no controlling legal authority, it was only his private life, everyone lies about sex, he disagrees with the judge's ruling and he's going to appeal, the charges are politically motivated, they are the fabrications of the vast right-wing conspiracy, they don't rise to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors" in the strict Madisonian sense, or, when all else fails, the charges are "old." By Clintonite logic, a charge is somehow discredited by having been made before. This last dodge is particularly effective in sustaining confusion, not only because it makes no sense but because by now every charge has a sense of deja vu: it always feels as if we've heard it before. Sometimes you're not sure whether it's a new scandal or just the return of an old one. Among so many scandals, there is bound to be some overlap, repetition, and redundancy. And so, when a new charge is made, our response is weary: he's gotten away with so many, what's the use of trying to pin a new one on him now? Another frequent Clinton alibi is that women are such liars: Paula "Trailer Trash" Jones was lying, Gennifer Flowers was lying, Kathleen Willey was lying, Juanita Broaddrick was lying, Monica Lewinsky was lying and was a "stalker" to boot (later amended to "a good person"). The shining exception to all this female mendacity is Hillary Clinton, described by her husband as "the most ethical person I have ever known." Considering his circle of friends, that may be true. A man whose staff has had to budget for "bimbo eruptions"- employing bare-knuckled "investigators" to dissuade potential witnesses-isn't exactly a class act. . No president in American history has made such a mockery of his oath of office as our incumbent, who once promised us "the most ethical administration in our nation's history." Actually, Clinton has compiled the longest rap sheet in our nation's history. He is now the first president to face disbarment as a lawyer, which suggests that someone still has the energy to keep score. ."
Jewish World Review 4/4/00 Wesley Pruden " . http://www.jewishworldreview.com -- BILL CLINTON wants the rule of law applied to whether Elian Gonzalez stays in America, where he can grow up as a free man, or is returned to Fidel Castro's Cuba, where he will grow up to be a cipher in the endless scheme of Marxist misery. The president, for once, is right. The rule of law should be supreme. That's what America is all about. To do that, though, Mr. Clinton must tell the Immigration and Naturalization Service to butt out. What the INS wants to do, with its usual Washington talent for bureaucratic bungling, is to apply not the rule of law, but the rule of regulation. The rule of law is meant to be applied by the courts, not the regulatory agencies, and as usual the feds have got it backwards. .. "
newsmax.com 3/30/00 Carl Limbacher " .. "I don't think they should be singled out and I don't think they should have extra pressure put on them," said Clinton. "But on the other hand, I think they should observe the rule of law." Last week a federal judge ordered Gonzalez' family to return the boy to his father in Cuba. Only hours before Clinton met the press, another federal judge said the president himself was a law breaker, claiming he violated the Privacy Act when he approved the release of confidential files to smear one of several women he sexually abused. Add that violation to a Clinton rap sheet that already included charges the president deliberately misled and willfully obstructed the court in the Paula Jones case, according to still another federal judge. No doubt disappointed by the tepid response he got from stonefaced reporters, Mr. Clinton tried out his "rule of law" laugh line once again, delivering the phrase this time in perfect Chaplinesque deadpan. No matter how much Miami's Cuban community might not like it, said Clinton, "the rule of law" must be followed. Still, no laughs. The White House press room, it turns out, is very tough hall "
Judicial Watch 3/30/00 " . The finding of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia that President Bill Clinton committed a crime in violating the privacy rights of Kathleen Willey, will go down as a first in American history. The landmark decision by the Court surpasses the decision by Judge Susan Webber Wright, who never found criminal wrongdoing by the president in Paula Jones' lawsuit. Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman says the criminal ruling bolsters Judicial Watch's $90 million class action lawsuit on Filegate by showing a pattern of similar misconduct. "It raises an evidentiary inference that Filegate really occurred," Klayman said today .."
Union Leader 3/31/00 Bernadette Malone Connolly " "There is a legal process here; we ought to let it play out," said the lawbreaker-in-chief about the prospect of Elian Gonzales being forced back to Cuba by a court decision. President Clinton uttered these words Wednesday, the same day a federal judge ruled he "committed a criminal violation of the Privacy Act" by releasing to the media letters Kathleen Willey sent him after he allegedly groped her in the Oval Office. So much for legal processes. After seven years in office, Clinton has zero moral authority left. And as a confirmed repeat offender of the legal system during that time, he has no credibility whatsoever when he speaks about matters of law. But he prattles on nonetheless about what is best for Elian and how this country's laws must be upheld in his immigration case. .."
University of Houston Daily Cougar 3/31/00 Adam Elrod " . With the Clinton Administration slowly coming to a close, there has been quite a bit of attention (mostly from the president himself) about what the "Clinton Legacy" will be comprised of. The president naïvely hopes that the history books will forget entirely about his apparent involvement in the myriad scandals that surrounded him, and focus only on the Reagan-induced prosperity that we now enjoy President Clinton's scandal-ridden administration deserves to go down in history as possibly the most corrupt administration this country has ever seen. He degraded the office of the president, transcended the rule of law and twisted the Constitution. For this he deserves to go down in infamy. While Bill Clinton is not entirely responsible for our thriving economy, which is a direct result of the "Reaganomics" of the '80s, he does deserve credit for managing (despite his liberal tendencies) to continue the prosperity that Reagan began. He deserves credit for staying out of the way and allowing American entrepreneurs to carry our economy to unimaginable heights. ........., However, I do not believe that either of these should comprise the majority of the true Clinton legacy. The president's duty to Americans is to do everything within his power to preserve the freedoms and liberties that we are guaranteed in the Constitution, and it is on this scale that the legacy of a president should be judged "
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 3/31/00 Meredith Oakley " There it is again, that pesky "rule of law," the phrase bandied about so liberally by Republicans and Democrats throughout the Bill Clinton impeachment saga and at various other times when suspect campaign fund-raising activities and civil litigation and subpoenas fought all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court by the president have reared their ugly heads. This time, however, the person invoking it was the president himself. He said it with a straight face, too. And why not? It is they who should observe the rule of law. We who occupy the White House observe another standard. ."
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 3/31/00 Meredith Oakley " "I think there is a legal process here," he soberly declared. "I think that the appropriate authorities should--in this case, the judges--will make a decision, and when that is done, I think that the people on all sides should accept the rule of the court." Listen well, potential law breakers, for he who would place himself above the law has spoken. ......"
Associated Press Writer 5/18/00 Kelly Kissel " ..Half the members of a state panel with the power to strip President Clinton of his law license have bowed out of the case. The recusals leave barely enough members to consider whether to discipline him for lying under oath in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. The 14-member Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct meets Friday and could consider two requests that Clinton be disciplined The committee did not say Thursday why any of the seven committee members removed themselves. Four had contributed to Clinton's presidential campaigns or to other Democratic Party candidates .. The committee also lost an alternate member when his term expired this spring, leaving five lawyers and a lay person, Chairman Ken Reeves said Thursday. Four votes are needed to impose sanctions .."
Washinton Times 5/19/00 Harriet A. Rood Rio Hondo, Texas " .When I was a little girl there were air raid wardens and blackouts and my father went to sea to fight a war but I was not afraid. When I was a teenager I learned about bomb shelters, the Iron Curtain and the H-bomb, but I was not afraid. When my children grew up one became a fighter pilot, another guarded airplanes, another went to sea and crossed Khadafy's "Line of Death" and one went to Bosnia, but I was not afraid. ..Now I see secrets being sold, lies being told, assault weapons in a child's face, people afraid to speak, God being ostracized, people being divided, laws being broken and leaders hiding behind polls, and I am afraid .."
FOX News 5/19/00 David Koeppel " Clinton's scandal-ridden presidency will end in eight months, but will his legal problems be over so soon? The list of scandals and investigations faced by President Clinton is longer than for any other American president in history. Yet, he remains one of the nation's most popular chief executives ever. President Clinton survived it all. The question now is how Citizen Bill will fare when he walks out the door of the West Wing eight months from now. His legal problems are far from over. Investigations by Congressional committees, the Justice Department and the office of independent counsel Robert Ray will dog him. But even the president's most virulent critics don't expect him to be seriously punished for any of his perceived offenses. .."You get the sense the Justice Department is just trying to run out the clock and deal with it after the elections," Corallo said. "They're betting on polls that say Americans are sick of the investigations. Our position is the law is the law and everyone who works in the White House has to obey it."
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette 5/17/00 Michael Rowett " ..Arkansas Supreme Court justices on Tuesday declined to say whether the court itself should review ethics complaints dismissed by its Committee on Professional Conduct. Under the rules governing the committee -- an arm of the high court which regulates the conduct of the state's licensed lawyers -- the panel's decisions are final with certain exceptions. In cases where an appeal is allowed, this option is granted mainly to the accused attorney and in one specific instance to the complainant. The degree of the high court's involvement in the committee's operations has been highlighted by ethics complaints lodged against two of the state's most high-profile licensed attorneys: President Clinton and first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton. .."
yahoo.com 5/31/00 Bill OReilly " Justice in America has become a joke under the Clinton administration, and these latest revelations are about as serious as it gets. If it is true that the attorney general killed the Buddhist Temple investigation, that is obstruction of justice -- a felony. And there is now plenty of evidence pointing that way. .But the elite media continues to ignore the story, and millions of Americans believe -- as long as the TV show Law & Order stays on the air -- things will be fine. But things are not fine. We are living in a time of great federal corruption. At this point only Congress can do something about it. Why am I not confident? ."
WorldNetDaily 5/31/00 Dr Walter Williams " ..Three cheers for Supreme Court .. Last week, a committee of the Arkansas Supreme Court recommended that President Clinton be disbarred for "serious misconduct" in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. .You say: "Williams, get off the president's back. It was just about sex, and everybody lies about that!" It's not just about sex! Let's look at it. .First, forget about the sex aspect of the story and Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr. Let's ask more general questions. If a president has been charged with act X, do you think he should use the power of his office to obstruct investigation of the act? Do you think he should be able to get members of his staff, associates and members of his political party to launch personal, public attacks on a duly appointed officer of the court in an attempt to discredit him? You'd probably answer no to these general questions. But with Clinton, our problem was we couldn't see the forest for the trees -- and as a result we've created a dangerous precedent. A future president might commit an act far worse than Clinton's, but we've already established what a president can do when he's being investigated. "
Creators Syndicate 5/31/00 Mona Charen " THE recommendation by the Arkansas Supreme Court Disciplinary Committee that President Bill Clinton be disbarred is like a tender green shoot of integrity rising from the stinking junkyard of American public life. At last, some official body has come to a decision about Clinton's conduct that is untainted by politics, cowardice or cynicism According to Rule 8.4(c) of the Arkansas Rules of professional conduct, "a lawyer should be professionally answerable for offenses that indicate a lack of those characteristics relevant to private law practice" including "dishonesty, breach of trust or serious interference with the administration of justice." The code continues, "It is professional misconduct for a lawyer to engage in conduct involving fraud, deceit or misrepresentation." .. His misconduct, they insist, was not committed as a lawyer and therefore ought not to be considered grounds for disbarment. Richard Nixon's lawyers tried that argument too when he was facing disbarment in New York State. It didn't fly. In fact, New York's legal establishment was so eager to make a point that it refused to permit Nixon to withdraw his law license voluntarily (as he had done in California and before the Supreme Court), unless he agreed to sign an affidavit admitting all of the charges made against him. Nixon refused and was disbarred ."
WorldNetDaily 5/31/00 Joseph Farah " .I predicted it. As Rush Limbaugh would say: "See, I told you so." I warned you that if Bill Clinton was not held accountable for his many abuses of power that the corruption would only continue and intensify in his last days in office. Heck, I didn't even need to tell you. Clinton told us long before I mentioned it. . Just one day after his re-election as president, Clinton told his political supporters in Arkansas that he would devote a lot of time in his second term to going after detractors who pursued him on Whitewater and other ethical questions. He also called political attackers "a cancer" and vowed to "cut (them) out of American politics." That's just what Clinton continues to do today. The latest victim of his wrath is Juanita Broaddrick. Brutally raped once by Clinton when he was Arkansas attorney general, now she's being targeted by the most feared agency in the federal government -- the Internal Revenue Service -- for blowing the whistle on the creep. ."
senate.gov 5/25/00 U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe " U.S. Sen. James M. Inhofe (R-Okla.) today denounced Secretary of Defense William Cohen's decision to issue only weak letters of "disappointment" to Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon and his deputy, Clifford Bernath, in response to the Pentagon Inspector General's conclusion that they clearly violated the Privacy Act in the Linda Tripp file case. "This is another Clinton administration whitewash and coverup," Inhofe said. "The law was broken and nothing is being done about it. This sends a signal to millions of federal civilian and military employees that their private government records can be made public for political purposes and no one will be held accountable. Bacon and Bernath should have been prosecuted and sent to jail for violating the confidentiality of private government personnel records. This is what happened to Chuck Colson during Watergate. .."
NewsMax.com 5/26/00 Dan Frisa " .. There they go again, making a mockery of the rule of law and any semblance of ethics. Defense Secretary William Cohen didn't even mete out a slap on the wrist to Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon, who was found by the Inspector General to have violated the Federal Privacy Act when he released the confidential personnel files of Linda Tripp. Cohen, a former Republican U.S. Senator from Maine, merely sent a letter to Bacon expressing his displeasure. That's it. Oh, and he also managed to say what a wonderful job Bacon has been doing. This is unreal, and what's even worse - if that's possible - is that the letter won't even be made part of Bacon's permanent employee file. ..Bacon himself, much like his boss at the White House, even had the nerve to state that he did the right thing in supposedly "responding to a media inquiry" regarding Linda Tripp......."
Washington Times 5/26/00 August Gribbin " . President Clinton will be severely disciplined for violating lawyers' standards of behavior, if many of the nation's prominent lawyers and top legal ethicists have a say. But they don't. The decision rests solely with a Little Rock, Ark., circuit court judge who will hear arguments on an official recommendation that Mr. Clinton be stripped of the right to practice law. The recommendation was handed down Monday by the Committee on Professional Conduct of the Arkansas Supreme Court. The judge has several options, but no precedent to follow ."
Washington Times 5/26/00 " .Pentagon officials violated Linda Tripp's privacy rights, and Defense Secretary William Cohen is so put out over it that he intends to give the culprits a firm tap on the wrist. Apparently he didn't want to overdo it with a slap. No one's going to break the law on Secretary Cohen's watch, no sir .For breaking the law, Mr. Cohen has sent the two officials a letter of reprimand saying they should have known better. But he's not going to put the reprimand in their files. Anything goes, apparently, when Linda Tripp is involved ."
newsmax.com 5/26/00 Carl Limbacher " .. New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani called on Senate candidate Hillary Clinton to apologize to members of an Albany Police honor guard who were heckled and spit on at her May 16th nominating convention, saying the perpetrators had committed an "assault" and should be arrested. In his first comments on the spitting confrontation since it was reported last week, Giuliani told NewsMax.com: "The calling of names is reprehensible and there should be an apology for that by the candidate and by the Democratic Party. The actual spitting should result in an arrest." The Democratic delegates reportedly taunted the American flag-carrying police officers, calling them "Nazis" and "Giuliani's Third Reich." "
Washington Times 5/25/00 Mark Levin " .. Judge Wright's ruling included several important findings, among them: "It is difficult to construe the president's sworn statements in this civil lawsuit concerning his relationship with Ms. Lewinsky as anything other than a willful refusal to obey this court's discovery. . . Simply put, the president's deposition testimony regarding whether he had ever been alone with Ms. Lewinsky was intentionally false, and his statements regarding whether he had ever engaged in sexual relations with Ms. Lewinsky likewise were intentionally false, notwithstanding tortured definitions and interpretations of the term 'sexual relations.' " ". . . [I]t simply is not acceptable to employ deceptions and falsehoods in an attempt to obstruct the judicial process, understandable as his aggravation with plaintiff's lawsuit may have been." . Judge Wright's ruling went unchallenged by Mr. Clinton. As a graduate of Yale Law School, a former law professor and Arkansas attorney general, Mr. Clinton is well aware of the legal doctrine of issue preclusion, which used to be called res judicata and collateral estoppel. Under this principle of law, a matter once litigated and decided against a party binds that party in all subsequent actions, even though the opposing party may change .."
Newsweek 5/29/00 " Has President Clinton received secret grand-jury testimony from Justice Department criminal investigations? That is the question raised by an internal Justice memo, obtained by NEWSWEEK, written to Attorney General Janet Reno in September 1993, by her then chief legal counsel, Walter Dellinger. Dellinger says he researched the issue for Reno during the World Trade Center bombing case. In a departure from past Justice opinions dating back to Watergate, Dellinger concluded Reno could disclose grand-jury information to President Clinton-not just for national-security purposes, but even for general "policymaking," including ensuring the "integrity or loyalty" of appointees who might be under investigation. Dellinger says he reached the conclusion on "constitutional grounds": because the president has ultimate law-enforcement authority, he's entitled to all information in the hands of his subordinates. Congressional investigators, who learned of the memo last year, have requested a report on when and why Justice officials have made such disclosures to Clinton. Justice hasn't responded yet, in part because, officials say, there's been no central record keeping. But a top official said the memo has been invoked "very, very rarely" in national-security cases "
Ether Zone 5/23/00 Alan Caruba " .. It is not always the big events that destroy a man's reputation. Often he can brazen it out and Clinton has. Until now he has been able to shift the blame for his troubles to "the vast right wing conspiracy" or those who have come to be known as "Clinton haters." He cannot do that anymore. At least, not with any credibility .. It is the small, sharply drawn and clearly defined events like the committee's finding that this lawyer of more than 25 years is unworthy to practice the law, a profession shared by many previous Presidents. Moreover, Clinton is the first sitting President to face such disciplinary action. The committee found he had given "intentionally false" testimony. No lawyer is permitted this because the entire system of justice comes down to the oath to tell the truth ."
Washington Times 5/24/00 " ..There is "no place in the law," said the Arkansas State Supreme Court in 1998, "for a man or a woman who will not tell the truth even when his interest is involved." This week a court committee decided that even the nation's highest elected official must abide by that standard and commenced disbarment proceedings against President Clinton. Said the Arkansas Supreme Court's Committee on Professional Conduct in a letter to the court, Mr. Clinton's actions in the Monica Lewinsky case "constituted serious misconduct." . .".
Washington Post 5/24/00 Ruth Marcus " Perlesta Hollingsworth diverted more than $100,000 from a client's estate. Sam L. Anderson Jr. was convicted of conspiring to distribute cocaine. Eugene Fitzhugh pleaded guilty to bribing a judge. All three lost their licenses to practice law in Arkansas. Now Arkansas disciplinary authorities argue that President Clinton should be similarly punished because he gave false testimony in the sexual harassment lawsuit brought by Paula Jones. Clinton's lawyers argue that his testimony was not "legally false," but even if the allegations were true, his behavior merits at most a reprimand. In an interview with NBC News after Monday's recommendation that he be disbarred, Clinton said his lawyers advised him: "There's no way in the world, if they just treat you like everybody else has been treated, that this is even close to that kind of case." "
New York Times 5/24/00 Don Van Natta Jr " Even though he has not practiced law since 1982, President Clinton has kept his license current by sending a $100 annual renewal check to the Arkansas Supreme Court, the registry of lawyers in his home state. The president cherishes his law license and does not want to lose it, several of his friends and associates said, although he has said he does not intend to use it after he leaves the White House in January. But with a disciplinary committee appointed by the Arkansas Supreme Court recommending the president's disbarment on Monday, citing his "serious misconduct," Mr. Clinton faces the possibility of losing the license he has held since 1973. .."
N Y Times 5/25/00 " In recommending that President Clinton be disbarred for providing false testimony in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, a disciplinary committee of the Arkansas Supreme Court has called for the harshest sanction at its disposal. The Arkansas courts will now have to decide whether disbarment is the right penalty for the president's dishonesty, given all the circumstances, or whether some lesser penalty such as a public reprimand or suspension of his license to practice law is more appropriate. But there is no doubt that Mr. Clinton must be called to account for his legal misconduct and that this disbarment proceeding is the appropriate forum in which to hold him accountable. .."
Wall Street Journal 5/22/00 AP " A committee of the Arkansas Supreme Court recommended Monday that President Clinton be disbarred because of "serious misconduct" in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. A majority of the panelists who met Friday to consider two complaints against the president found that the president should be disciplined for false testimony about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky, the Supreme Court said in releasing the committee recommendation. .. Under the rules of the Committee of Professional Conduct, the disbarment recommendation goes to Pulaski County Circuit Court judge in Little Rock for disbarment proceedings. If the judge disbars Mr. Clinton, the president can appeal to the state Supreme Court ."
NewsMax.com 5/20/00 Carl Limbacher " "Part of Hillary's delegation now is the 'No Justice, No Peace' section from Al Sharpton that despises cops and hates the American flag." That was the reaction of Guardian Angels founder and Rudy Giuliani booster Curtis Sliwa to news that delegates gathered this week in Albany to nominate Hillary Clinton for U.S. Senate kicked off their festivities by spitting on a police honor guard carrying the Stars and Stripes. Sliwa made the comment on his WABC radio show Friday morning. But even his radio partner and political opposite, defense attorney Ron Kuby -- a self avowed Communist and enthusiastic cop basher himself -- found the story so outrageous that he couldn't believe the episode had occured as reported. "As a lawyer I hear this and say, it sounds like something must have happened before the alleged flem started flying," said the bewildered police critic. "There must have been something that triggered this." Before the New York mayor dropped out of the Senate race Friday, Mrs. Clinton's most effective campaign tactic had been whipping up anti-police sentiment in the city's minority communities. Her efforts hit paydirt after the March 16th shooting by New York police of Patrick Dorismond, an unarmed African American security guard. .."
NewsMax.com 5/18/00 Carl Limbacher " .."She owes the Albany Police and police officers around the state an immediate apology," said Republican National Committee Chairman Jim Nicholson late Thursday -- as word spread that a handful of Hillary Clinton's supporters spat upon a police honor guard at Tuesday night's state Democratic convention. "I cannot understand why she has stayed silent this long," Nicholson added, in a statement released just hours after NewsMax.com brought Thursday morning's bombshell Albany Times Union report on the ugly incident to national attention. Noting that this is National Police Week, the RNC chief said the first lady's failure to address the bizarre attack on American flag carrying policemen "speaks volumes about her lack of respect for the men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep New Yorkers safe." .."
Washington Times 6/8/00 " ..For two and a half years, Attorney General Janet Reno has obstinately refused to disclose several internal Justice Department documents and memorandums relating to the department's investigation of campaign-finance abuses during the 1996 presidential election. For years, Justice has argued that publicly disclosing the memos would provide defendants with a road map of the task force's investigation. It immediately became clear why Miss Reno has refused to disclose these documents. Declaring that the documents "expose the bankruptcy of this investigation," Rep. Dan Burton, the committee chairman, conveyed the exasperation that Messrs. Freeh and LaBella have felt for years, noting, "If this is a road map, it's a road map of a car going around in circles."......... In September 1997, however, newspaper reports disclosed that Mr. Gore had in fact raised substantial sums of hard money for the Democratic National Committee (DNC) from his White House office. Mr. Gore subsequently claimed he did not know hard money was being raised. In his Nov. 24, 1997, memo, Mr. Freeh argued: "In the face of compelling evidence that the vice president was a very active, sophisticated fund-raiser who knew exactly what he was doing, his own exculpatory statements must not be given undue weight." Indeed, Mr. Freeh warned Miss Reno that the Justice Department was ignoring "reliable evidence" that "contradicted" Mr. Gore's statements. Miss Reno ignored Mr. Freeh's recommendation to seek an independent counsel "
Washington Times 6/8/00 " ..In July 1998, Mr. LaBella, who had been selected by Miss Reno in 1997 to head the task force after it had become mired in chaos, sent his 94-page memo to Miss Reno arguing that the law compelled her to seek an independent counsel to investigate Mr. Gore, the president, the first lady and Deputy White House Chief of Staff Harold Ickes, whom Mr. LaBella described as a "Svengali, assuming power - with the imprimatur of the president - to authorize DNC and Clinton/Gore '96 expenditures." Noting that Mr. Gore had received a series of memos from Mr. Ickes and attended several meetings, all of which discussed the status of the DNC's hard-money accounts, Mr. LaBella wrote, "Curiously, though renowned as a policy wonk, the vice president claims he did not read the memos and cannot recall the meetings." ......... "
Washington Times 6/8/00 " ..Notwithstanding Mr. Strauss's contemporaneous notes and corroboration by four participants, including then-White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta, all of whom recalled Mr. Gore's attendance at the Nov. 21, 1995, meeting and a discussion of the hard-money component in the media fund, Mr. Gore contemptuously told the FBI that he had consumed an excessive amount of iced tea and might have been in the restroom when meeting participants discussed hard money. But the FBI found that Mr. Gore attended a total of at least three meetings and was an active participant at each one. According to the FBI's interview with Mr. Panetta, the "hard/soft money breakdown of the media fund [was] discussed at all three meetings; there was always discussion [and] an examination of the overall DNC budget and, at a minimum, a reference to the hard/soft breakdown of the media fund." .."
Washington Times 6/8/00 " ..Mr. Parkinson's Nov. 20, 1998, memo exhaustively chronicled the evidence detailing why the FBI clearly believed Mr. Gore had made "a false statement" worthy of investigation by an independent counsel. Also in November, a Justice attorney, whose name was redacted, wrote in a memo that "the evidence we now have . . . supports an argument that the vice president had to have known that hard money was a component of the media fund" [italics in the original]. "
CNN.com 6/14/00 AP " ..A lawyer has been selected to argue for President Clinton's disbarment over his testimony about his relationship with Monica Lewinksy. Attorney Marie-Bernarde Miller will represent the state panel that disciplines lawyers in its disbarment petition in circuit court in Little Rock. Miller said Tuesday that she was hired June 7 but referred all other questions about the case to the state Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct. The committee recommended May 22 that Clinton be stripped of his license to practice law in Arkansas over misleading testimony in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case about his relationship with Monica Lewinsky. Clinton has said the committee was treating him more severely than other lawyers. .."
Daily Oklahoman 6/14/00 " AL Gore learned quite a bit from Bill Clinton. Running afoul of the law? Plead a faulty memory or concoct a rickety alibi. Inconvenienced by a campaign promise? Just pretend you never made it. Newly released documents from a Justice Department investigation into the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign paint a dim picture of our vice president, the man who would be president. ..Charles G. LaBella, the probe's chief, argued long and hard with Attorney General Janet Reno for appointment of an independent counsel after finding what he thought was credible evidence Clinton and Gore were key players in a scheme to "raise money by whatever means and from whomever would give it." . No question, Clinton-Gore found plenty of willing givers, some of whose money could be traced overseas and some of it linked to Communist China. Reno, who by then was deep into efforts to turn Justice into Clinton's legal defense team, told LaBella no. ......... She also said no to FBI Director Louis Freeh, who according to released documents called Gore an "active participant" in questionable fund-raising efforts. Freeh was so worried about the stuff his agents were unearthing that he hesitated to share information with the White House. Still, Reno was firm: no independent counsel. .."
Townhall.com 6/14/00 Michelle Malkin " The nation's capital is a speech-free zone. This may be hard to believe, what with all the hot air produced here by political blowhards and blow-dried pundits, filibustering blusterers and professional mouth-flappers. But in the heart of the district and on the sidewalks outside the Supreme Court, the chilling message to people of faith is loud and clear: Sit down, shut up, and keep your views to yourself. Last week, city officials tore down a lawn sign in front of D.C.'s Lincoln Park United Methodist Church. With barely two hours' notice, a public-works crew descended on the church, and drove off with the 4-by-6 foot billboard. Pastor Harold Lewis told me his church "jumped through all the hoops" required to erect the sign, which carried scriptural citations and sermon topics. Neighbors complained the sign violated historic preservation standards, which the city neglected to review before granting the church a public-use permit. But the church's leading critics admit it was the religious content that really spurred them to action. On the day the sign was confiscated, it read: "Was it Adam and Eve or Adam and Steve? Genesis 2:18-25." The neighbors objected that the font size was too big, and the message too offensive to the gay community. ."
Senator Inhofe Website 6/12/00 " ..Senate Floor Statement . People often ask if am outraged by the continuing trail of lawbreaking and abuses committed under the Clinton administration. They assume, since I speak out about these things from time to time, that I am mad. But I am not outraged; I am not mad; and I am not feeling any anxiety about this. I guess the best way to characterize my feelings after the last 7 1/2 years of this administration using the Justice Department to protect its friends and to punish its enemies is that it is just something that I feel numb about. . I am proud of two of the mainstream media--only two--that have been willing to write about these things. And that is Fox News and the Washington Times. So in this case, we have talked about comparing the crime that was committed by Kenneth Bacon with other crimes that were committed--and I am going to talk about that in just a minute--by other people in other administrations. But what occurred to me was that every citizen out here, whether in Wyoming or Oklahoma, has to obey the law, and has to be punished under the law if that person disobeys the law, would be prosecuted if there was justification for prosecution and then would be punished accordingly--except in this administration. . On Thursday, May 25, on the eve of the Memorial Day weekend and Congress' week-long recess, the Clinton administration perpetrated another outrage to add to its long trail of outrages. In the face of the Pentagon Inspector General's firm conclusion that Kenneth Bacon and Clifford Bernath violated the Privacy Act and broke the law and committed a crime, the Secretary of Defense announced that he would do nothing meaningful to hold these men accountable for their actions. This neatly follows the earlier decision of the Justice Department not to prosecute, after engaging in a two year cover-up. As I have said before, this case has broad implications for what has been done to the rule of law and to the concept of honesty and integrity in government over the past seven and a half years. Above everything else, the systematic undermining of these time-honored principles constitutes the true and lasting legacy of the Clinton-Gore Administration. .."
Wall Street Journal 6/14/00 " In 1997 Vice President Al Gore famously declared that "no controlling legal authority" governed his White House fund-raising calls. His words -- cocky and disconcerting -- became the butt of jokes. The last laugh could be Al Gore's. Recent Congressional hearings into tensions at the Justice Department over the fund-raising investigations in fact give new meaning to "no controlling legal authority." At the time everyone thought this was Mr. Gore's interpretation of the relevant statutes. It now seems he was talking about the Justice Department itself and Janet Reno. An aggressive "bottom-up" investigation can be a legitimate prosecutorial tool. But in the hands of Ms. Reno it looks no better than a cover-up. . The bottom line is that Mr. Gore escaped an independent counsel whose activities would have hung over him like a thunder cloud during both the Democratic primaries and the Presidential election. That threat, as well as any possible indictment, has now disappeared. So too, according to Rep. Burton, has a full year's worth of e-mail from and to the Vice President's office during the time of the Justice Department's probe. Finally, not a single player in the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign scandal has spent a day in jail. As we noted at the outset, when the Vice President said his actions weren't subject to any controlling legal authority, it obviously wasn't a joke. ..."
Antiwar.com 6/13/00 Emmanuel Goldstein " ..What's the point of parliaments? No, really what's the point? I ask this because in Britain, mother of Parliaments, we have managed to plumb the depths of inanity with our new parliamentary Foreign Affairs select committee report (needless to say the Committee is controlled by Labour) on the Kosovo adventure. The verdict was that the bombing was "illegal, but necessary." Yep, I see that going down a storm. I know that breaking and entering was illegal, but it was necessary to steal the jewelry. I know that stealing jewelry is illegal, but it is necessary to fund the drug habit. I know that intimidating jurors is illegal, but it will be necessary to be acquitted ."
Associated Press Online 6/11/00 William Mann " . Rep. Dan Burton said Sunday it appears Reno obstructed justice by refusing several times to request special prosecutors to investigate Clinton and Gore for money-raising irregularities during their campaign four years ago. Clinton and Gore knew they were breaking the law, Burton said, but "I can't give you the specifics of it right now." "But I can tell you, I am confident and certain that they knew, especially the president, that illegal campaign contributions were coming in from foreign sources," the Indiana Republican said on NBC's "Meet the Press." "And all that needs to be looked at thoroughly by the Justice Department." But not Reno's Justice Department, he said: "I think Janet Reno has blocked for the president, as have her top officials over at the Justice Department. I think they've made a mockery of justice." .."
Washington Times 6/12/00 Joyce Howard Price "
Rep. Dan Burton, chairman of a House panel probing Democratic fund-raising abuses in the 1996 presidential campaign, yesterday vowed to refer President Clinton, Vice President Al Gore and Attorney General Janet Reno for prosecution if Texas Gov. George W. Bush is elected president. In appearances on NBC's "Meet the Press" and "Fox News Sunday," the Indiana Republican said Mr. Clinton and Mr. Gore knew of illegal campaign contributions from foreign donors. Miss Reno, he said, shielded them from legal scrutiny by failing to seek an independent counsel to investigate their activities. "I think that borders on obstruction of justice," Mr. Burton, chairman of the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight, said on Fox
. He went much further on NBC. "I believe that Janet Reno . . . and her chief lieutenants knew that the [now-defunct] independent counsel statute mandated that they appoint an independent counsel, and they didn't do it," Mr. Burton told Tim Russert. "If she did not appoint an independent counsel because she thought her job was in jeopardy, even though the law required it, she broke the law and obstructed justice," the congressman said
.. "After this election, assuming we get a new attorney general, I think I will be sending criminal referrals. The reason that I'm waiting is because I don't think this Justice Department is going to do anything," he said on NBC
Mr. Burton was later asked specifically if he will send a "criminal referral urging the indictment of Bill Clinton and Al Gore" if Mr. Bush, the presumptive Republican nominee, is elected president in November
."Yeah," he replied, and added Miss Reno's name to the list. "I think Janet Reno has blocked for the president, as have her top officials over at the Justice Department. I think they've made a mockery of justice."......"
Weekly Standard 6/12/00 Jay Nordlinger " ..Tripp was the victim of a dirty, and illegal, trick. It was played on her by her own bosses at the Pentagon. And now those men -- Kenneth Bacon and Clifford Bernath -- have escaped with the wispiest slaps on the wrist. This is ho-hum for the Clinton administration; but it is a reminder of how unlawful and indecent this administration has been....... In March, Jane Mayer, a Clinton-friendly reporter for the New Yorker, acquired what seemed a valuable piece of information: Tripp, as a teenager, had been arrested for larceny. Mayer put in a call to Ken Bacon, assistant secretary of defense for public affairs. He was an old friend; the two had worked together at the Wall Street Journal. Mayer had an amazingly specific question for him: How had Tripp responded to Question 21, parts a and b, on Form 398? This was a highly sensitive national-security questionnaire, under the eye of the Privacy Act Branch of the Defense Security Service; Question 21 dealt with arrests and detentions. Bacon quickly swung into action. He ordered his deputy, Cliff Bernath, to get Mayer her answer. Hours before the reporter's deadline, Bernath told her not to worry: "Ken has made clear it's priority." Moving heaven and earth, and alarming career officers as he went, Bernath delivered -- right on time. .."
CNSNews.com 6/6/00 Paul Weyrich " . Recently the first segment after the morning newscast on the Today show featured a discussion about the possible disbarment of President Clinton.. . The next segment of the Today show dealt with a $100 million lawsuit filed against Attorney General Janet Reno and her deputy Eric Holder on behalf of the fisherman who rescued Elian Gonzales from the sea and from whose arms Gonzales was snatched on the Saturday before Easter by federal agents. As Bill Clinton winds down his hyper active presidency he has been pre-occupied with his legacy. Well, this is his legacy. Judge Wright raised the matter of Clinton perjuring himself in her court months ago. Nothing happened. Glavin gave the issue a push and now the committee charged with investigating the matter has recommended disbarment. Ultimately, the issue will go before the Arkansas Supreme Court. .It is quite correct to observe that the only time the Clinton Administration has been held accountable these past eight years has been as a result of lawsuits brought by Judicial Watch, some of which have been presided over by federal Judge Royce Lamberth. ...... While I am thankful that organizations such as Southeastern Legal Foundation and Judicial Watch and a handful of others exist, keeping a watchful eye on a wayward Administration is clearly a matter that must now be addressed. The independent counsel statute, hated by both parties for different reasons, was left to die and it is well that it did. Still, it is clear that when an Administration is bent on flaunting the law, a huge vacuum of justice exists which must be addressed. ."
Washington Times 6/8/00 Jerry Seper " . 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 ."
New York Post 6/18/00 Murray Weiss " The NYPD has received a new video of the Central Park wildings that has so shocked hardened investigators they fear showing it to the public. The disturbing eight minutes of footage, obtained yesterday, shows moment by moment a crazed mob of about 50 thugs chasing two terrified young women down a path in the park as though they're hunting human prey. . .. And, for the first time, the investigators witnessed the terrifying assault on a naked French woman, who cried on the ground and desperately tried to cover her private parts with her hands as her husband tried in vain to shield her from a groping mob of attackers. "It's worse than anyone thought," a source said. Unlike previous tapes, which depicted crowds of thugs surrounding and assaulting women who happened to be in their midst, this chilling video captured the horror of two frightened women trying to outrun a mob. .. Their screams, during a frantic foot race, are heard as they struggle to remain free until - horribly - they run up against a dead end at a fence near a construction site where they are "smothered" by a crowd that is clearly mauling them. .."
LewRockwell.com 6/17/00 John Carney " Grim news greeted New Yorkers in the aftermath of last weekend's Puerto Rican Day Parade. Three men were stabbed near the end of the parade route and several women were sexually assaulted and robbed in Central Park by a gang of parade goers, according to published reports. Fox News Channel televised a video-tape showing young men clad in the Puerto Rican flag bandanas assaulting and molesting several women. To make matters worse, at least one of the women claimed that New York City Police ignored her when she reported the attacks ..For years the horrors of the Puerto Rican Day parade have been an open but unspoken secret in New York. Nearly everyone knew why almost everyone else was stealing away and staying away on this particular June weekend but seldom was the politically-incorrect sentiment spoken aloud. There was good reason for the reticence. When the television show Seinfeld portrayed its lead characters encountering the havoc of the parade, the Puerto Rican branch of the Ethnic Grievance Syndicate charged everyone involved with racism and exacted a pledge that the episode would never again be shown. A few years ago the editor of the New York Post had been fired for crossing the PR-EGS. In New York, you don't mess with the Syndicate...."
Reuters 6/17/00 Steve Barnes " The Arkansas disbarment case against President Clinton, a hangover from the Monica Lewinsky sex-and-lies scandal, will be prosecuted by a 48-year-old former nun who earlier this year helped remove a Little Rock trial judge for misconduct. Prosecutor Marie B. Miller said on Saturday that the Arkansas Supreme Court's Committee on Professional Conduct had hired her to argue for stripping Clinton of his law license for lying in a deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. .."
Fox News 6/18/00 AP " ..President Clinton may be stripped of his law license by a former nun because he lied in a deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case, claiming he never had a relationship with Monica Lewinsky. The Arkansas disbarment case against President Clinton, a result of the Monica Lewinsky sex-and-lies scandal, will be prosecuted by Marie B. Miller, a 48-year-old former nun who earlier this year helped remove a Little Rock trial judge for misconduct. The judge in the Jones case, Susan Webber Wright, cited Clinton for contempt last year for giving false answers when asked in the deposition if he had a sexual relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. "We anticipate having the case filed by the end of the month," Miller said. "I've looked at the case briefly and am continuing to do so on a daily basis." Miller declined to answer further questions, saying she had resolved not to grant interviews about the case in an effort to "help move the process along smoothly." "
Etherzone 6/29/00 Bob Baecht " ..I am not by nature a hater. While I deplore the liberal policies of those on the left, I think I can hold my own in showing the fallacies of their thinking. When Clinton first ran for the presidency I did not hate him but disagreed with the agenda he put forth and supported the opposition as being the lesser of the two evils. . Since that time I have come to have a hatred for the man because he has put our nation through a period of turmoil that has so divided us that one can hardly believe it. For the first time in my life I am ashamed for our country. While debating ideological issues is fair and proper in a republic, the practice of doing and saying anything to stay in power is repugnant. The man totally disregards the rule of law and shreds the Constitution as if it were just another scrap of useless paper. .."
Etherzone 6/29/00 Bob Baecht " ..The thing that really brings out the hate is the way that the man is able to manipulate the decent people in the country by any unscrupulous method that he can think of - not because he wants to do good but because he wants to rule. All the sexual peccadilloes, campaign scandals, crooked financial dealings, firing travel office employees unjustly, allowing government to kill innocent people at Waco and Ruby Ridge, obtaining FBI files to destroy his enemies, declaring through an executive order that a large part of Utah becomes a national monument, accepting campaign funds from foreign communist countries, allowing strategic technology to be sold to our enemies, and many more misdeeds are done with an arrogance that surpasses anything that has ever gone on in the country before. ..With all the cover-ups and destruction of the opposition, many of these charges cannot be proved but finally along comes a charge that can be proved. Being a sociopath, he blatantly engages in sexual activities with an intern less than half his age in the oval office. He denies that it happened and throws every roadblock in the way of our discovering the truth. For nearly a year he stonewalls and refuses to show any shame. .."
Etherzone 6/29/00 Bob Baecht " ..Finally when confronted with a semen-stained dress he confesses (sort of). Even after shaking his finger in the faces of the American people on national television and denying that he had sex with her he still denies it by obfuscating and creating a new definition of sex. He denied being alone with her and coached his secretary to lie for him. He creates a new definition of "alone" claiming he was not alone with her because there were other people in the White House. By this definition the only way he could be alone would be if he were the only creature left on earth. .. Then he lies to his staff and they go out and spread his lies before a jury and the American people. He is supposed to be the chief law enforcement officer of the United States, yet he does everything possible to obstruct justice even allowing private detectives to be employed to dig up dirt on those who are trying to dig out the truth. .."
Etherzone 6/29/00 Bob Baecht " ..He does everything that he can to stir up trouble by pitting one group against another -- the whites against the blacks, the rich against the poor, labor against management, women against men, agnostics against Christians, democrats against republicans and so on. He promotes abortion -- even partial-birth abortion which many have termed infanticide, the killing of babies. Whenever he thinks his demise is getting close he distracts people's attention by starting a war or attacking his enemies. He has put more soldiers in harm's way than any other peace-time president, when we are supposedly in an era of peace. .He sticks his nose into affairs that are none of the business of America. His foreign policy is deplorable only stirring the animosity of many world leaders. .He attempts to destroy the sovereignty of the United States through cooperating to create a one-world government. He bombs pharmaceutical factories killing innocent people, to distract attention from his problems. .."
Etherzone 6/29/00 Bob Baecht " ..The most hateful thing of all is his ability to hoodwink nearly all the democratic leaders and many decent people into supporting him. First his apologists come out with the story that Clinton did not do any of the things with which he is charged. Then when the charges are proved, they come out with the story that he didn't lie about his misadventures, he just mislead the questioners. When it is proved that he did lie, they say that his misdeeds do not rise to the level of an impeachable offense. It almost makes me physically ill to hear all these democrats and supporters of the president show their undying devotion to a man who deserves to be in jail when they know in their hearts that he is as corrupt as a man can get. .It makes me wonder how they can possibly live with themselves or sleep at night. When Nixon was in trouble for doing things that were less reprehensible than Clinton's crimes, many republicans, including Barry Goldwater came forward and told him he must resign for the good of the nation Not so with the democrats who march in lock step with the most corrupt president in the history of America. They then have the gall to come out and accuse the republicans of partisanship! Nobody could be more partisan than people like Charlie Rangel, John Conyers, Eleanor Clift, Margaret Carlson, Alan Colmes, Bill Press and a multitude of others who would defend Clinton even if it was proved that he committed murder. ."
Etherzone 6/29/00 Bob Baecht " ..If this account sounds biased I want you to know that I have read everything that I can get my hands on about this man, both pro and con. I believe that most people, if they had the time and the inclination to learn about this flawed human being, they would denounce him and he would no longer be president. ."
AP 6/28/00 " .An Environmental Protection Agency attorney accused of falsifying documents during federal civil proceedings in Wisconsin has pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of contempt of court, Justice Department officials said. Marc M. Radell, 41, could face up to six months in prison and up to $5,000 in fines when he is sentenced in September, officials said Tuesday. Radell and another EPA employee, Claudia Johnson, were indicted in August 1999 on federal charges of obstruction of justice, conspiracy to obstruct justice and perjury. Johnson has since died, the Justice Department said. The two allegedly falsified and backdated documents to support EPA decisions in 1996 granting authority to three Wisconsin Indian tribes to regulate water standards their reservations. ."
JWR 6/22/00 Doug bandow " BY ALL ACCOUNTS, President Clinton worries constantly about his legacy. He need not: his assault on constitutional values, as well as conventional morals, is unmatched. Indeed, he has gutted the Democratic Party's commitment to civil liberties. .. Democrats like Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale and Michael Dukakis all represented a humane liberalism with a commitment to civil liberties. No one would make that claim about Bill Clinton, who represents a new political philosophy: jackboot liberalism. .. Record numbers of wiretaps, repressive "anti-terrorism" legislation, support for mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, suspicious IRS audits of political opponents, White House interference with banking investigations, attacks on anti-abortion protesters, threats against critics of federal housing projects, media intimidation, bureaucratic witch hunts, brutal BATF and FBI raids, interference with state laws relaxing use of marijuana for medical purposes, purloined FBI files. It's a record that puts Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon to shame. And it continues today. "
St. Paul Pioneer Press 6/22/00 Steven Greenhut " A hard reign Clinton haters point to a litany of monarchical abuses to justify their disregard. I confess. I find myself moving from rational Clinton Critic to the realm of so-called Clinton Hater. It has reached a point where I can't hide my disdain for the man, his wife, his appointees, his vice president, his lawyers, his apologists. There must be tens of thousands of other Americans who, likewise, cringe every time they see his smug face or hear his unctuous voice. ..Try as they might, Clinton Defenders cannot write off such burgeoning hostility as right-wing partisanship, conspiratorial or otherwise. I'm perfectly calm when listening to or dealing with other liberal Democrats. Some of them, in fact, I can't help but respect, even admire, despite deep-seated differences of opinion. With Clinton and Co. it's far different. This strong reaction stems mainly from these legacies of his seemingly endless presidency:
The rules are for other people.
My intentions are good, so my promises must be taken at face value, my lies dismissed as good-natured exaggerations.
My enemies are evil, so anything I say or do against them is justified, honorable and beyond reproach.
The government knows what's best; individuals cannot be trusted to do what's good for themselves or the nation. "
Washington Weekly 6/19/00 Sen. Inhofe, U.S. Senate " "Time after time after time, again and again, the Justice Department and Janet Reno have used that Department to protect the President's political friends and to punish the President's political enemies." . I am not outraged; I am not mad; and I am not feeling any anxiety about this. I guess the best way to characterize my feelings after the last 7 1/2 years of this administration using the Justice Department to protect its friends and to punish its enemies is just something that I feel numb about. I am proud of two of the mainstream media--only two--that have been willing to write about these things. And that is Fox News and the Washington Times .. But what occurred to me was that every citizen out here, whether in Wyoming or Oklahoma, has to obey the law and has to be punished under the law if that person disobeys the law, and that he would be prosecuted if there was justification for prosecution and then would be punished accordingly--except in this administration . On Thursday, May 25, which was the eve of the Memorial Day recess when we left for about a week, the Clinton administration perpetrated another outrage to add to its long trail of operations, I guess you would say. In the face of the Pentagon inspector general's firm conclusion that Kenneth Bacon and Clifford Bernath violated the Privacy Act and broke the law and committed a crime, the Secretary of Defense announced that he would do nothing to hold these men accountable for their actions. And this neatly follows the earlier decision of the Justice Department not to prosecute after engaging in a 2-year coverup Now, as I have said before, this case has broad implications for what has been done to the rule of law and to the concept of honesty and integrity in Government over the past 7 1/2 years. Above all else, the systemic undermining of these time-honored principles constitutes the true and lasting legacy of the Clinton and Gore administration .."
UPI 6/30/00 Pamela Hess " President Clinton's attorney David E. Kendall said he will fight "vigorously against" a lawsuit to rescind Clinton's license to practice law filed by a committee of the Arkansas Supreme Court. "We fundamentally disagree with the complaint filed today and will defend vigorously against it," Kendall said in a prepared statement . The lawsuit asserts Clinton is not fit to be licensed to practice law. Clinton's legal team has 30 days to respond to the lawsuit ."
National Post 6/1/00 Jan Cienski " .Bill Clinton, the U.S. President, was sued yesterday by a committee of the Arkansas Supreme Court seeking his disbarment for misconduct involving "dishonesty, deceit, fraud and misrepresentation" in covering up his affair with Monica Lewinsky, the former White House intern. If the suit is successful, Mr. Clinton would become the first sitting president in U.S. history to have his lawyer's licence removed. But in addition to this unprecedented humiliation, it would mean an official body was satisfied that he committed the perjury for which the House of Representatives judiciary committee recommended his impeachment in 1998 The five-page lawsuit accuses Mr. Clinton of "serious misconduct" and asks John Ward, Pulaski County Circuit Judge, to disbar him for conducting "himself in a manner that violates the model rules of professional conduct as adopted by the Arkansas Supreme Court." Mr. Clinton's lawyer, David Kendall, said the President would fight the suit, adding: "We fundamentally disagree with the complaint filed today and will defend vigorously against it." "
newsmax.com 7/1/00 UPI " The Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct filed an official complaint for disbarment Friday against President Clinton because of "serious misconduct" during his 1998 deposition in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. "We fundamentally disagree with the complaint filed today and will defend vigorously against it," said Clinton attorney David E. Kendall. The panel announced May 22 it would initiate the disbarment action based on complaints from the Southeast Legal Foundation and U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright. The formal filing in Pulaski County Circuit Court in Little Rock will now bring the issue before a judge for a decision on the merits of the case. Under the Arkansas rules, Clinton has 30 days to respond. "
Capital Hill Blue 7/2/00 James Jeffrson AP " .President Clinton's privilege to practice law in his home state may hinge on how well his lawyers make a case for treating the country's chief executive like anyone else. A committee of the Arkansas Supreme Court filed suit Friday seeking Clinton's disbarment, saying he gave misleading testimony under oath about his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. The lawsuit followed a May 19 vote by the state Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct to strip Clinton of his law license for violating procedures governing attorneys' ethical behavior. The panel announced its decision May 22. Clinton said at the time that he was being treated too harshly. . The primary thing that he'll be relying on is that there isn't much precedent in Arkansas for disbarring people for that kind of conduct,'' said Peter Joy, a professor of legal ethics at Washington University in St. Louis. Normally, Joy said, lawyers are disbarred after felony convictions or for actions that directly affect a client. ..``In this instance, while everybody knows that President Clinton was less than truthful in the deposition, he hasn't been charged with any crime and the sanction from the district court was a monetary one that has been paid,'' he said. ......``His lawyers are going to be saying there's no precedent for proceeding with disbarment,'' Joy said, ``that it's a denial of his due process, that ... you're not treating the president like any other lawyer in the state and that when it comes to being a lawyer in Arkansas, he should be treated like anyone else.'' "
NewsMax.com 7/1/00 Carl Libmacher "
The presidency of William Jefferson Clinton will be remembered for many things, not the least of which is a string of White House firsts unequaled by any of his predecessors. With the lawsuit filed by the Arkansas' lawyer-discipline committee on Friday, Clinton could be on the fast track to make history as the first U.S. president to be disbarred while in office. The committee has a near 100 percent record of winning its disbarment cases.
..But disbarment would merely be the latest in a long list of White House precedents. Clinton's remarkable record will also show that he is:
he first elected president in U.S. history to be impeached -- Dec. 19, 1998.
The first president to be found guilty of a crime while still in office. (Leaking the private correspondence of Kathleen Willey in violation of the Privacy Act)
The first U.S. president to be publicly accused of forcible rape -- by Juanita Broaddrick, Feb. 24, 1999.
The first U.S. president to approve the sale of sophisticated weapons technology to a hostile power while its emmisaries contributed to his campaign.
The first president to be accused by multiple witnesses, including one under oath before a federal grand jury, of using cocaine while he was the chief law enforcement officer of his state.
The first U.S. president to be accused of sexual assault on White House property -- by Kathleen Willey, March 15, 1998.
The first U.S. president to order a paramilitary operation where a network television camera crew was punched, kicked, and forced to the ground at gunpoint to prevent them from broadcasting live video coverage. (Elian Gonzalez's abduction -- April 22, 2000)
The first sitting president to be the subject of a sexual harassment lawsuit -- filed by Paula Jones, May 8, 1994.
The first sitting president to be held in contempt of court for lying under oath and fined by a federal judge (in the Jones lawsuit).
The first U.S. president to order an armored assault on a church, resulting in the deaths of 55 members of the congregation along with 25 of their children. (Waco -- April 19, 1993)
The first U.S. presidential candidate to accept financial support from a KGB spy. (Aldrich Ames -- $7,000, 1991, 92)
The first sitting U.S. president to be named in a federal criminal referral as a possible witness to and beneficiary of fraudulant financial activity. (Whitewater)
The first president to consult with Congress about combat troop deployment while simultaneously receiving oral sex -- according to Monica Lewinsky and Rep. Sonny Callahan. (Starr Report -- Sept. 1998)
The first U.S. president to have two senior administration officials die violently under mysterious circumstances while they were being pressed for testimony on assorted White House scandals. (Vince Foster, Ron Brown)
The first U.S. president to have a major cooperating federal witness against him die in prison while waiting to give prosecutors the testimony they later admitted would have led to first family indictments. (James McDougal)
The first U.S. president to launch unprovoked missile attacks on two sovereign nations. (Sudan, Afghanistan -- Aug. 20, 1998) .."
CNSNews.com 6/28/00 Thomas Jipping " ..The Court long ago abandoned using the real Constitution in deciding such cases. The First Amendment, as you know, prohibits the federal government from passing any laws involving an establishment of religion. This means the federal government may not interfere with how the states deal with religion and may not itself create an establishment of religion. That's all. While the Constitution prohibits the federal government from establishing religion, the Supreme Court now prohibits a local school district from even allowing students to offer a statement that might or might not be a prayer before a football game. How did we get to this point? A majority of the Court now believes that they determine what the Constitution means. For 150 years, Justices believed that those who wrote the Constitution determined what it means. All the Justices did was uncover that meaning, apply it to the facts of a case, and announce the result. This approach kept the Constitution stable, and allowed it to limit and shape what government could do. The Constitution was law that governed government. ..Roosevelt's choice was to get control of the economy by getting control of the Constitution. He appointed Justices who believed they, and not the authors of the Constitution, could determine what the document means. That switch in strategy turned everything upside down. The Constitution no longer controlled the government; the government, through judges, controlled the Constitution. ."
Drudge/AP 7/11/00 " ..After a week of deliberating, a recently appointed judge has decided to preside over the disbarment case against President Clinton, a court clerk said Tuesday. The decision comes after four other judges all stepped aside from the case, citing the appearance of conflicts of interest because of links to former Gov. Clinton. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Leon Johnson was assigned the case July 5 and has been considering whether to keep it...."
Nando Times 7/3/00 Cal Thomas " . In the matter of one William Jefferson Clinton, pundits, independent counsels and the U.S. Senate have failed in their efforts to hold him accountable for his serial misdeeds. He has escaped them all. Now comes a signal that his day of reckoning may be approaching. For a lawyer, to be disbarred is as dishonorable as it is for a clergyman to be defrocked. Unless, of course, you are so shameless that you have built an entire career on lies and lawbreaking. Then you simply do what Clinton and his lawyers plan to do. "We fundamentally disagree with the complaint ... and will defend vigorously against it," said Clinton attorney David Kendall. .The five-page document accuses the president of "dishonesty, deceit, fraud and misrepresentation," words that characterize much of the performance of this administration. ..This administration's disgusting rape of the Constitution in its pursuit of power would delight King Henry VIII. Clinton's still-unknown exploits will fill volumes of tell-all books for years to come. Generations to come will wonder how a man like Bill Clinton could do what he did and survive in office. They will conclude that he was merely a reflection of the nation's cynicism and moral confusion, and they will agree with Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who has labeled this "the most corrupt administration ever." .. "
YAHOO News 7/5/00 Reuters " ..A fourth Arkansas judge said on Wednesday he couldn't accept the disbarment case against President Clinton, whose law license state authorities are attempting to revoke because of his admitted misstatements under oath about a sexual affair. A fifth judge, appointed by the current Republican governor, was quickly assigned the case but said he would study it before deciding whether to hear it.' .Three other judges earlier recused themselves from Clinton's case, all citing previous judicial appointments from the president while he was governor of Arkansas. Upon Piazza's recusal, a court computer automatically assigned the Clinton case to Judge Leon Johnson. Johnson was appointed to the bench in June by Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee to fill the unexpired term of a judge who resigned. .."
WASHINGTON TIMES 7/6/00 " ..One wonders exactly, precisely, what it is about the suit to disbar President Clinton with which Mr. Clinton and his lawyer, David Kendall, "fundamentally disagree." Indeed, Mr. Kendall has promised to "defend vigorously against" the complaint filed by the Arkansas Supreme Court's professional conduct committee. Could it be that the White House will use the disbarment case to prove, as Mr. Clinton charged in his press conference last week, that "a lot of these . . . so-called scandals were bogus?" .. Maybe Mr. Clinton and Mr. Kendall "fundamentally disagree" with the petition's statement that Mr. Clinton is the 42nd president of the United States. . Then again, maybe they dispute the petition's assertion that Judge Susan Webber Wright issued an order holding Mr. Clinton in contempt of court for the "intentionally false deposition testimony" - a.k.a., the 10 different lies he told - during the Paula Jones case deposition. The petition goes on to detail the significant fact that Mr. Clinton not only declined to fight his fines and contempt citation, but also ignored Judge Wright's quite generous offers of time and extensions during which he might have mounted an appeal. The petition concludes - irrefutably enough, it would seem, even to Mr. Kendall - that "Mr. Clinton neither requested a hearing, nor did he appeal the Order." .It is both Mr. Clinton's conduct - not only contumacious but also uncontested - and Judge Wright's contempt order which form the basis for this most muscular disbarment case. ."
Chattanooga Free Press 7/5/00 " . If you have a lawsuit, civil or criminal, the witnesses swear "to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God." The lawyers who appear in court have also sworn to be truthful and serve as "officers of the court" in seeking justice. The president of the United States swears a special oath upon taking office. It is required by the Constitution of the United States, and says: "I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of president of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." President Bill Clinton took that oath as president. He took the oath to tell the truth in matters before a federal court. And he took an oath as an attorney when he became a member of the Arkansas bar. But he lied. He lied repeatedly, blatantly, knowingly, purposefully, arrogantly. ..He was justly impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives for lying under oath and obstructing justice. The Senate did not convict, not because evidence was lacking but because some members thought the offenses were not grave enough to justify the disruption of ousting a president from office. .But Mr. Clinton was justly held in contempt of court by U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright for his lying under oath in a deposition in the Paula Jones case. The judge fined Mr. Clinton $90,000 -- which he did not contest, but paid. .."
Washington Times 6/19/00 Doug Bandow " .. By all accounts, President Clinton worries constantly about his legacy. He need not: His assault on constitutional values, as well as conventional morals, is unmatched. Indeed, he has gutted the Democratic Party's commitment to civil liberties. Democrats like Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale, and Michael Dukakis all represented a humane liberalism with a commitment to civil liberties. No one would make that claim about Bill Clinton, who represents a new political philosophy: jackboot liberalism....... Record numbers of wiretaps, repressive "anti-terrorism" legislation, support for mandatory minimum sentences for drug offenses, suspicious Internal Revenue Service audits of political opponents, White House interference with banking investigations, attacks on anti-abortion protesters, threats against critics of federal housing projects, media intimidation, bureaucratic witch hunts, brutal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and FBI raids, interference with state laws relaxing use of marijuana for medical purposes, purloined FBI files. It is a record that puts Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon to shame. And it continues today "
Newsmax.com 8/2/00 Joan Nagy " It is ironic that President Clinton is searching for something that he hopes will be his legacy; something noble, perhaps. Yet, the very notion that he believes he can control and manipulate this process is, in fact, closer to his legacy than anything he would choose to take its place. ..Clinton's legacy will always center around his duplicity; however, the word, "duplicity" falls so short of adequately describing all that will be Clinton's legacy. Its not just lying with the shaking finger or even the ever so careful parsing of every word, but it is all the corruption, all the lies, all the lawlessness and manipulation that has swirled around this administration that will help define his legacy. He has usurped the Constitution with his many Executive orders. He has lowered the discussion in political round tables on primetime TV to subjects previously avoided in polite company. And nothing will erase the memory of his smug grin when he realized he would escape punishment for perjury. ...... Clinton's friends in the mainstream media, for the first time in history, separated the poll numbers for Clinton the man from Clinton the President, so they could continue good press coverage even in the face of overwhelming deceit. Clinton's legacy is ingrained in every nuance of his gesture, speech, thought and action. He can no more escape his legacy than he can escape his skin. ."
Philadelphia Daily News 8/2/00 " WHAT WAS BILLED as a day of protest against police brutality exploded into a lawless rampage yesterday, in which streets were trashed, traffic disrupted and property destroyed. But police kept Center City from raging out of control on the Republican National Convention's second day by sticking to their script and months of training, and methodically arrested offenders while herding noisy supporters and curious onlookers to sidewalks. Today's protests - centering on women's rights and the problems of an ever-expanding global economy - should be considerably milder, considering the nature of the issues. But some protest organizers ominously warned that more "direct actions," such as street blockades and other civil disobedience, can be expected. ."
Associated Press 7/28/00 Chris Lehourites " .A judge on Friday gave President Clinton an extra four weeks to answer a state disciplinary panel's request that he lose his Arkansas law license. Clinton's lawyers now have until Aug. 29 to answer the state's complaint that the president gave misleading testimony during the Paula Jones sexual harassment case and is no longer fit to be a lawyer. The president's response had been due Aug. 1...."
ARKANSAS DEMOCRAT-GAZETTE 7/26/00 Michael Rowett " .. President Clinton's lawyers on Tuesday asked a Pulaski County circuit judge to grant the president until Aug. 31 to respond to a lawsuit the state's lawyer-discipline panel filed to seek his disbarment. The three-page motion for a month's extension states that more time is warranted because of Clinton's presidential duties and his lawyers being out of the country for extended periods...."
AP via CBS channel2000 7/28/00 " Protesters say they're going to "crash the party" at the Republican National Convention. "That doesn't mean we're going to shut down the convention; it means we're going to disrupt," Kate Sorenson, spokeswoman for the Philadelphia Direct Action Group, said. .."Direct action is preventing that which you oppose because you're so disgusted by it that you prevent it from happening," said Khury Petersen-Smith, 18, of Albany, N.Y. One difference between direct action and more traditional, legal demonstrations is that participants risk arrest. ..Some protesters defend such actions as necessary to oppose everything from capitalism and private property to global corporate power and environmental abuse. The majority of activists oppose such destruction, and of the 40,000 protesters in Seattle, police agreed that only a few were responsible for the mayhem. . "
Judicial Watch 8/8/00 " ..The selection of Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (D-Ct.) by Al Gore as the Democratic vice presidential nominee underscores the elitism and hypocrisy of the Washington Establishment. Senator Lieberman, who frequently talks a "good game" about ethics and morality, sat as a key senator on the Thompson Campaign Finance Hearings of the Government Affairs Committee. During these hearings, uncontroverted evidence was presented showing that Al Gore had violated not just campaign finance laws, but likely participated in the compromise of national security. During the televised proceedings, Senator Lieberman would often wax eloquent about how terrible the unfolding Chinagate scandal was, and how something needed to be done about it. Joining Senator Lieberman in the hypocrisy was Senator Fred Thompson, who himself was reported to have received contributions from a Miami advisor to Fidel Castro. Three other senators on the Thompson Committee were reported to have taken money generated by John Huang, and one from the Calabrese crime family. It, therefore, comes as no surprise that Senator Lieberman would now join the Clinton-Gore crime family and put aside his professed sense of ethics and morality for higher political office . In yet another outrage, former Chief Counsel of the Thompson Committee, Mike Madigan, is now representing the judge - the Honorable Norma Holloway Johnson - who, in an investigation by the Judicial Council, is alleged to have assigned, outside of the random system, key Chinagate cases involving Bill Clinton's and Al Gore's conduct to recent Clinton-Gore appointees of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ."In Washington, there is generally no sense of right and wrong, or for that matter any overriding principles - except personal back-scratching and advancement. Senator Lieberman, Senator Thompson, and former Chief Counsel Madigan embody these precepts and know only how to talk a good game to fool the American people. What we are witnessing is a near total breakdown of our legal system and these persons, along with others, are responsible," stated Judicial Watch Chairman and General Counsel Larry Klayman ."
Orlando Sentinel 8/7/00 Charley Reese ".....If you are into scary books, or horror stories, put aside Stephen King and try James Bovard. His newest book, Feeling Your Pain -- The explosion and abuse of government power in the Clinton-Gore years, is a scary book. Published by St. Martin's press, the book -- in a calm, judicious non-ideological manner -- lays out the crimes against liberty, the abuse of due process, the deceptions and intimidations that the government under William Jefferson Clinton has practiced against the American people. It's scary because it's true. ........ If he were a right-wing opinion writer, we could brush it off; if he were just another Clinton hater stringing together old allegations and innuendoes, we could discount it. But Bovard is that rarity in today's journalism--an objective, disinterested reporter. A digger of facts, a revealer of sources. Unlike Bob Woodward of the Washington Post, who writes books based on anonymous sources, Bovard does not say, "Trust me." He says see the footnote for the record or the source. ......"
Sellout: The Inside Story of President Clinton's Impeachment 8/00 David Schippers Freeper Interesting Times " ..
pp22-23 - (same meeting) Stevens cut Hyde off. "Henry, come on. You want to put all this stuff in, you want to spend all this time, you want to go through this dog and pony show -- there's no way you're going to get sixty-seven votes no matter what you do." Hyde didn't give up. He told the Senators the committee had evidence to indicate that the President had actually committed a brutal assault on another woman. Though he didn't identify her, he was referring to a woman in Arkansas named Juanita Broaddrick. We had no intention of bringing that evidence before the Senate. But this was Hyde's way of saying, "look, you don't know everything we have." That's when Stevens said, "Henry, I don't care if you prove he raped a woman and then stood up and shot her dead -- you are not going to get sixty-seven votes." ..Silence. I raised my hand. "Senator, can I ask a question? I just watched one hundred Senators raise their right hand to God and swear to do equal and impartial justice. I'm only a Democrat from Chicago, but are you telling me that the Senators are going to ignore that oath also?" .Without hesitation he said, "You're damn right they are."
pp62 - One day I was told that a Democratic Congressman went into the Democrats' private room with Minority Special Counsel Abbe Lowell. At one point the Congressman blurted out: "My God, this is indefensible. The man is a perjurer, a liar, he's obstructing justice. How can we defend him?" That Democratic Congressman, like all the rest, voted against impeachment.
pp97 -- But my fellow Democrats voted unanimously to put the President above the law ..They affirmed that a Democratic president can get away with lying, obstructing justice, and doing anything necessary to stay in office, even if it means destroying the legal underpinning of our political system. They treated the legal rights of a private citizen -- Paula Jones -- as a trifle to be brushed aside. .They treated Lady Justice as though she were a harlot. ..And they should be held accountable where it hurts -- at the ballot box -- by Americans who believe that truth matters, that we live by the rule of law, and that justice should be done "
The Progressive Review 8/12/00 " .As the Democrats' torch (as well as their contributor lists and FBI files) is passed to Al Gore, we thought we'd bring you up to date on our Clinton scandal statistics. Please note that, much as with the Census, the collection of such data is a daunting task, made all the more difficult by the failure of the corporate media to show any interest in it.......... Notes: Some of the data have not been updated recently and thus understate conditions. In certain areas, such as anomalous deaths, the Progressive Review has used an extremely conservative count. It is important in considering these incidents to bear in mind the following:
Administration Records Set
- The only president ever impeached strictly on grounds of personal malfeasance
- Most convictions and guilty pleas
- Most Cabinet officials to come under criminal investigation
- Most witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify
- Most witnesses to die suddenly
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad
- Number of independent counsel inquiries since the 1978 law was passed: 19
- Number that have produced indictments: 7
- Number that produced more convictions than the Starr investigation: 1
- Median length of investigations that have led to convictions: 44 months
- Length of Starr-Ray investigation (7/00): 67 months.
- Number of Starr-Ray investigation convictions to date (including one governor, one associate attorney general and two Clinton business partners): 15
- Median cost per Starr investigation conviction: $3.5 million as of 3/00
- Total cost of the Starr investigation (3/00) $52 million
- Total cost of the Iran-Contra investigation: $48.5 million
- Number of Clinton cabinet members who came under criminal investigation: 5
- Number of Reagan cabinet members who came under criminal investigation: 4
- Number of top officials jailed in the Teapot Dome Scandal: 3
- Number of individuals and businesses associated with the Clinton machine who have been convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes: 47
- Number of these convictions during Clinton's presidency: 33
- Number of indictments/misdemeanor charges: 61
- Number of imprisonments: 14
- Number of congressional witnesses who have pled the Fifth Amendment, fled the country to avoid testifying, or (in the case of foreign witnesses) refused to be interviewed: 122 (9/99)
- Guilty pleas and convictions obtained by Donald Smaltz in cases involving charges of bribery and fraud against former Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy and associated individuals and businesses: 15
- Acquitted or overturned cases (including Espy): 6
- Fines and penalties assessed: $11.5 million
- Cost of investigation: $22.2 million through 9/99
- Amount Tyson Food paid in fines and court costs: $6 million
- Amount Tyson Food still has in annual government contracts: $200 million
- Reasons individuals other than Espy went free: Concealing knowledge of gifts to Espy and his girlfriend (1), providing illegal gratuities to Espy(4), illegally supplementing the salary of a government official (2), concealing receipt of illegal funds on behalf of Espy (1) (Espy's chief of staff was sentenced to prison in this case)
Crimes for Which Convictions Have Been Obtained
Drug trafficking (3), racketeering, extortion, bribery (4), tax evasion, kickbacks, embezzlement (2), fraud (12), conspiracy (5), fraudulent loans, illegal gifts (1), illegal campaign contributions (5), money laundering (6), perjury, obstruction of justice.
Other Matters Investigated by Special Prosecutors and Congress or Reported in the Media
Bank and mail fraud, violations of campaign finance laws, illegal foreign campaign funding, improper exports of sensitive technology, physical violence and threats of violence, solicitation of perjury, intimidation of witnesses, bribery of witnesses, attempted intimidation of prosecutors, perjury before congressional committees, lying in statements to federal investigators and regulatory officials, flight of witnesses, obstruction of justice, bribery of cabinet members, real estate fraud, tax fraud, drug trafficking, failure to investigate drug trafficking, bribery of state officials, use of state police for personal purposes, exchange of promotions or benefits for sexual favors, using state police to provide false court testimony, laundering of drug money through a state agency, false reports by medical examiners and others investigating suspicious deaths, the firing of the RTC and FBI director when these agencies were investigating Clinton and his associates, failure to conduct autopsies in suspicious deaths, providing jobs in return for silence by witnesses, drug abuse, improper acquisition and use of 900 FBI files, improper futures trading, murder, sexual abuse of employees, false testimony before a federal judge, shredding of documents, withholding and concealment of subpoenaed documents, fabricated charges against (and improper firing of) White House employees, inviting drug traffickers, foreign agents and participants in organized crime to the White House.
Unexplained Phenomena - FBI files misappropriated by the White House: c. 900
- Estimated number of witnesses quoted in FBI files misappropriated by the White House: 18,000
- Number of witnesses who developed medical problems at critical points in Clinton scandals investigation (Tucker, Hale, both McDougals, Lindsey): 5
- Problem areas listed in a memo by Clinton's own lawyer in preparation for the president's defense: 40
- Number of witnesses and critics of Clinton subjected to IRS audit: 45
- Number of names placed in a White House secret database without the knowledge of those named: c. 200,000
- Number of persons involved with Clinton who have been beaten up: 2
- Number of women involved with Clinton who claim to have been physically threatened: 5 (Sally Perdue, Gennifer Flowers, Kathleen Willey, Linda Tripp, Elizabeth Ward Gracen)
- Number of men involved in the Clinton scandals who have been beaten up or claimed to have been intimidated: 9
Arkansas Sudden Death Syndrome
- Number of persons in the Clinton orbit who are alleged to have committed suicide: 7
- Number known to have been murdered: 2
- Number who died in plane crashes: 11
- Number who died in automobile accidents: 3
- Number killed during Waco massacre: 4
- Number of key witnesses who have died of heart attacks while in federal custody under questionable circumstances: 1
- Number of medications being taken by Jim McDougal at the time he was placed in solitary confinement shortly before his death: 12
- Number of unexplained deaths: 3
- Total of above deaths: 31
- Number of northern Mafia killings during peak years of 1968-78: 30
- Number of Dixie Mafia killings during same period: 156
- Number of times Hillary Clinton said "I don't recall" or its equivalent in a statement to a House investigating committee: 50
- Number of paragraphs in this statement: 42
- Number of times Bill Clinton said "I don't recall" or its equivalent in the released portions of the his testimony on Paula Jones: 271
- Total number of facts or events not recalled before official bodies by Bill Kennedy, Harold Ickes, Ricki Seidman, Bruce Lindsey, Bill Burton, Mark Gearan, Mack McLarty, Neil Eggleston, John Podesta, Jennifer O'Connor, Dwight Holton, Patsy Thomasson, Jeff Eller, Beth Nolan, Cliff Sloan, Bernard Nussbaum, George Stephanopoulous, Roy Neel, Rahm Emanuel, Maggie Williams, David Tarbell, Susan Thomases, Webster Hubbell, Roger Altman, Hillary Clinton, Bill Clinton: 6,125
- Average occurrence of memory lapse by top administration figures while before official bodies: 235
Arkansas Money Management
- Amount of an alleged electronic transfer from the Arkansas Development Financial Authority to a bank in the Cayman Islands during 1980s: $50 million
- Grand Cayman's population: 18,000
- Number of commercial banks: 570
- Number of bank regulators: 1
- Amount Arkansas state pension fund invested in high-risk repos in the mid-1980s in one purchase in April 1985: $52 million through the Worthen Bank.
- Number of days thereafter that the state's brokerage firm went belly up: 3
- Amount Arkansas pension fund dropped overnight as a result: 15 percent
- Percent of Worthen bank that Mochtar Riady bought over the next four months to bail out the bank and the then governor, Bill Clinton: 40 percent.
- Percent of purchasers from the Clintons and McDougals of resort lots who lost the land because of the sleazy financing provisions: more than 50 percent
- Number of journalists covering Whitewater who have been fired, transferred off the beat, resigned or otherwise gotten into trouble because of their work on the scandals (Doug Frantz, Jim Wooten, Richard Behar, Christopher Ruddy, Michael Isikoff, David Eisenstadt, Yinh Chan, Jonathan Broder, James R. Norman, Zoh Hieronimus): 10
Friends of Bill
- Number of times John Huang took the Fifth Amendment in answer to questions during a Judicial Watch deposition: 1,000
- Visits made to the White House by investigation subjects Johnny Chung, James Riady, John Huang, and Charlie Trie. 160
- Number of campaign contributors who got overnights at the White House in the two years before the 1996 election: 577
- Number of members of Thomas Boggs's law firm who have held top positions in the Clinton administration. 18
- Number of times John Huang was briefed by CIA: 37
- Number of calls Huang made from Commerce Department to Lippo banks: 261
- Number of intelligence reports Huang read while at Commerce: 500 Political Fallout
- GOP seats gained in House since Clinton became president: 60
- GOP seats gained in Senate since Clinton became president: 11
- GOP governorships gained since Clinton became president: 14
- GOP state legislative seats gained since Clinton became president: c. 500
- Democrat officeholders who have become Republicans since Clinton became president: 439
- Republican officeholders who have become Democrats since Clinton became president: 3
Roger Fredinburg Radio Show 8/29/00 " . Last evening, David Schippers, head of the investigative team that prosecuted and impeached the president was interviewed by Roger Fredinburg. What follows are highlights from that interview. .. F: What was it initially that caught your eye and told you deep down inside that something was really screwy there? ......... S: I sent a couple staffers over to the evidence room and said take a look and see what's there. They came back and said it's all Lewinsky. So I sat down with my people and said Ok, it's all Lewinsky, we'll be out of here in a couple weeks. We went in there to check everything, as professionals, not advocates. Our job was to determine if there was sufficient evidence to have an inquiry. We all went in there and as Jeff Pavletick (sp??), my top aid put it, "You know we've painted outselves into a corner", because the more we read, the more we realized it WASN'T JUST LEWINSKY. IT WASN'T JUST SEX, IT WASN'T ANYTHING LIKE THAT. IT WAS OBSTRUCTION OF JUSTICE, PERJURY, A DIRECT ATTACK ON THE JUDICIAL PROCESS. After 2 or 3 weeks, I had another meeting, brought all of my staff in, went around the table one by one and said "Alright, what do you think?". Everyone one of them, without hesitation said, "HE'S GOTTA GO". .
Roger Fredinburg Radio Show 8/29/00 " . C: (paraphrased) Do you think Clinton will do a wag the dog, or declare a national emergency? .. S: Let me tell you something. (very stern now) NOTHING IS BENEATH HIM. That business, beginning the bombing of Iraq...on the day we were supposed to have a vote and debate in the House of Representatives, and then suddenly stopping it as soon as the impeachment was voted, showed me that WAG THE DOG was not fiction. What terrifies me, what REALLY terrifies me, is if Mr. Clinton said "I've decided that the American people need me and I'm not going to leave", I don't know who in Washington has the guts to take him on! I don't think he'll do it.....I think the American people would rise up! . F: You're saying you wouldn't put ANYTHING past this group????? .. S: NOTHING, NOTHING! Nothing is beneath them. I ran into more gentlemen in Chicago fighting the "outfit" in Chicago than I ran into in fighting the Department of Justice. ."
Washington Weekly 9/11/00 Marvin Lee " ..The Justice Department prepared a false affidavit for a White House employee to sign and knowingly sent the false affidavit to a federal court in Washington DC. When the lie was revealed in court, and Congress submitted a criminal referral to the Justice Department, the Justice Department cleared its own lawyers as well as its White House client of wrongdoing without an investigation That is the outline of the latest twist in the e-mail scandal that is reverberating between the Court of Royce Lamberth, the Congressional Committee of Dan Burton, and the Justice Department representing the White House. And it shows the lawlessness that exists in Washington DC with a corrupt Justice Department that is willing to defend a criminal White House at all cost ."
NY TIMES "All clymer all the time" 9/10/00 Neil Lewis " For his final months in office, President Clinton will remain enmeshed in a battle over his license to practice law that friends and associates say has left him especially angry and dispirited. The disbarment trial will take place in Little Rock, Ark., possibly this fall, and has several elements that friends said have deeply troubled Mr. Clinton. One of the president's concerns, they said, is that disbarment would be both a lifetime stigma and a definitive verdict for history. It would also be the result of a proceeding difficult to portray as a groundless and partisan vendetta, which is how the president and his allies characterized the investigation by Kenneth W. Starr, the independent counsel, and the ensuing impeachment fight in Congress. In addition, the issue will be fought in Arkansas, his home state, making it even more hurtful, the friends said .. One longtime friend of the president said Mr. Clinton was "livid, off- the-wall angry" about the disbarment proceedings. On more than one occasion, the president would be "in a terrific mood" until the disbarment issue came up, the friend said. "His mood immediately darkens," said the friend, who spoke only on the condition of anonymity ..Mr. Clinton, this friend said, is especially concerned that if he is disbarred, he will go down as the first president in American history to lose his law license while in office, a punishment that was not even visited upon Richard M. Nixon, who surrendered his license after he left the White House ."
Chattanooga Free Press 8/31/00 " .. President Bill Clinton, who has lied his way through life, is now facing the possible loss of his Arkansas law license for lying under oath in a federal court case. So what is his reaction? He's still lying. This isn't about Paula Jones. This isn't about Monica Lewinsky. This is about a lawyer -- who happens to be president of the United States -- who undermined our system of justice with full knowledge that he was telling lies after having sworn to tell "the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God." Then he told only the partial truth in his plea against disbarment when he said he "took action motivated in part by a desire to protect himself and others from embarrassment." He lied "in part" to avoid embarrassment? What was the other part of his reason for lying? Does he claim it is OK to lie under oath in federal cases if the truth is embarrassing? He's still lying to avoid facing the truth. .."
Washington Times 9/1/00 Wesley Pruden " But to a layman, untrained in how to find the loopholes that lawyers put there to make the law a profitable crap-shoot for tort artists, the disbarment case against the president looks airtight .The American Bar Association has what it calls (do not laugh, please) "standards" that lawyers are required to live up to. Standard No. 6.11 states plainly that disbarment is "generally appropriate when a lawyer, with the intent to deceive the court, makes a false statement, submits a false document or improperly withholds material information, and causes serious or potentially serious injury to a party, or causes a significant or potentially significant adverse effect on the legal proceeding."... And it's not just the bar association. Only two years ago, the Arkansas Supreme Court upheld its board of law examiners who had denied a license to someone who had merely been "less than candid" on his application for membership in the bar. The justices said "there simply is no place in the law for a man or woman who cannot or will not tell the truth." Nevertheless, the Arkansas legal establishment, manipulated skillfully by Henry Woods, the 82-year-old senior federal judge in Arkansas whose hands are still sticky from a career as the plunderer-in-chief of Arkansas politics, may have cooked the outcome of the proceedings to a drearily familiar recipe .."
San Francisco Chronicle 8/22/00 Debra Saunders " .. INDEPENDENT Counsel Robert Ray should dismantle the grand jury that is exploring whether to indict President Clinton for perjury. If Ray can't see his way to do that, Republicans should try an end run around him. Don't get me wrong, I think Clinton is guilty of perjury. He lied in his deposition in the Paula Jones case -- Judge Susan Webber Wright fined Clinton for not telling the truth -- and before a grand jury. His lies have hurt the country. His apologists' justifications have given perjury a new respectability as Democrats have argued that perjury is acceptable if needed to cover up a stupid affair. What's more, the party of the little man now demands lenient treatment for the mighty, yet was mute when the full weight of the law threatened to crush lesser beings such as Linda Tripp and former Ken Starr spokesman Charles Bakaly, who faces criminal charges for allegedly leaking a story to the New York Times. Before the House impeached Clinton, some Democrats argued that if the president broke the law, he should be tried in a court of law after his term in office -- not impeached and removed. To protect their power base, they were willing to treat America to an ugly civics lesson: Yes, kids, a man can commit a felony, get caught and still remain in the Oval Office That was then, this is now and Democrats are outraged that a prosecutor might indict the soon-to-be ex-president. The process some once urged as expedient they now discard as vindictive. ."
Ether Zone 8/00 Chuck Morse " The Republican candidate for President, George W. Bush, should be the only choice for both practical and moral reasons. From a practical standpoint, a Bush Administration will offer the only chance this country has of expurgating itself from the corruption and abuse of power that have been the hallmark of the last eight years of President William Clinton. The Clinton corruption is a ticking time bomb in the body politic and justice must be served if our government and system of "equal justice under the law" is to regain and retain an equilibrium. This will not happen with Clinton's Vice President and Clinton's party in power. Washington cries out for a clean sweep. The corruption of this Clinton administration transcends old fashioned graft and chicanery, although there is plenty of that permeating the fibers, and those responsible should be brought to the same bar of justice as the rest of us. The more dangerous Clinton variant involves allegations of a quid pro quo between potentially illegal and certainly unethical foreign contributions to the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Party, and subsequent policies that could imperil the long term national defense of this nation. ."
New York Times 8/30/00 Neil Lewis " .Even if President Clinton lied under oath to a federal judge about his relationship with a White House intern, disbarment would be too strong a penalty, the president's lawyers said in court papers today. In their statement, Mr. Clinton's lawyers noted that the president still disputed that his testimony was technically false. But even if the allegation were correct, the lawyers said, "a sanction of disbarment would be excessively harsh, impermissibly punitive and unprecedented in the circumstances of this case." .. The president's lawyers, David E. Kendall and Nicole K. Seligman of Washington, said in the filing that Mr. Clinton's alleged offense was not connected to the practice of law nor was he convicted of -- or even charged with -- a felony. In Arkansas, they said, disbarment has never been imposed in a case that did not involve a felony conviction or a matter involving the practice of law. "
Associated Press 9/13/00 James Jefferson " .President Clinton's disbarment case probably won't be heard by an Arkansas judge before the president leaves office next year, the judge's law clerk said Wednesday. Judge Leon Johnson has a full docket and won't make any special effort to squeeze in a Clinton hearing sooner, clerk Chantel Mullen said. The president leaves office Jan. 20. However, some cases scheduled for trial are in settlement talks, and one could drop off of the docket, allowing the Clinton case to come up by the end of the year as requested by the state Supreme Court disciplinary panel, Mullen said. "
UPI 9/7/00 " The judge in the Clinton disbarment lawsuit is being urged to decide the case before his term ends Dec. 31 to avoid controversy that might surround his successor because of a potential conflict of interest .. "We believed that Your Honor's decision to accept this case indicated that Your Honor intended to complete the case by, or before, the end of Your Honor's term," wrote attorney Marie-Bernade Miller. "It appears that we were mistaken. Your Honor's decision to treat this case as any other case on the docket causes us serious concern." ."
Associated Press 9/7/00 " ..The lawyer handling a state committee's lawsuit to disbar President Clinton has raised the prospect of questioning Clinton about his relationship with a White House intern, a legal scholar said Wednesday. In a letter to a temporary judge assigned the case, Marie-Bernarde Miller pressed the judge to schedule a hearing before the end of the year in a disbarment case that centers on Clinton's statements under oath about his affair with Monica Lewinsky. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Leon Johnson took the case, even though his temporary appointment to serve out the unexpired term of a judge removed from the bench expires Dec. 31. Miller complained in her letter that Johnson's decision to handle the case like any other in the state's busiest court system could delay action. "
Intellectual Capital 9/11/00 Lisa S Dean " As President Clinton scurries around the country in an attempt to find a legacy that will define the eight miserable years the country has experienced during his presidency, he should call off the dogs because his legacy already has been defined. . Part of that legacy includes stripping the legislative branch of its constitutional authority by simply bypassing Congress to sign an executive order to get what he wants. "Stroke of the pen. Law of the land. Kinda cool," former Clinton aide Paul Begala once said. But the history books will not agree. . Clinton's greater legacy, however, may be that he has stripped the American people of their constitutional rights. He appointed an attorney general who proclaimed that "the Constitution is an evolving document," and his administration has been of the mindset that the Constitution can be amended or changed into something completely different than the Founding Fathers intended if the government decides it should. . Not only have we witnessed an full throttle attack on the Second Amendment under the guise of protecting children, but we have also witnessed a continual attack on the Fourth Amendment, with the FBI director claiming that "we need a Fourth Amendment for the Information Age." If the Clinton administration had its way, there would be no Fourth Amendment at all. Whether by regulation, executive order or presidential directive, or complete misinterpretation of the law, the Justice Department has worked hard to strip Americans of what is left of their right to be secure in their persons, houses, papers and effects. ."http://Timmerman2000.com 7/24/00 Kenneth R. Timmerman " .. I have spent much of the past six years investigating the Clinton administration's sell-off of our military technology to Communist China, primarily for the American Spectator. During this time, I learned more about corruption than I ever would have believed possible. For the first time in American history we had a President of the United States who took money from the head of a foreign intelligence service. In any other era, such behavior would have been called Treason. During the Clinton presidency, it was dismissed as just a "mistake." But the corruption was not limited to the White House, or even to a single political party: it spread throughout the upper echelons of American society, reaching Members of Congress, intelligence community analysts, top business leaders, and the media .."
The Dallas Morning News 9/18/00 Michelle Mittelstadt " .. Even before he's fully settled into the White House, the nation's next president may be forced to confront a question rife with political and legal implications: what to do if Bill Clinton is indicted. To pardon or not to pardon? Although the question is speculative and may not come to pass, the debate is not merely academic. .. Independent counsel Robert Ray is awaiting Mr. Clinton's departure from office Jan. 20 before announcing whether he will seek an indictment stemming from comments the president made regarding an affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. "
The Wall Street Journal OpinionJournal.com 9/18/00 Robert Bartley " The Clinton administration, in itself, won't cause the republic to collapse. But then, Rome didn't fall in a day. "The most important political development of the second millennium was the firm establishment, first in one or two countries, then in many of the rule of law," Paul Johnson wrote in his contribution to our millennium series last year. The idea that everyone is subject to the law and all are equal before it is a bedrock of civilization. Indeed, it is civilization itself .. Rome ruled its Mediterranean empire through Roman law, Mr. Johnson observed; prosperity spread and ordinary citizens could go about their daily lives in peace. But this started to decay when the Republic became an empire, with Nero and Claudius ruling by whim. The fall of Rome led to lawless Dark Ages ruled by power. Yet over time, the idea of equality before the law took root in England, and throughout the West we now trace our liberties to that moment in 1215 when King John was forced to sign the Magna Carta, specifying that even the king was not above the law .."
AP 10/6/00 " The federal judge who held President Clinton in contempt of court in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case said Friday she would fight any attempt to make her testify in Arkansas proceedings to disbar Clinton. "If they summon me as a witness, I will file a motion to quash," U.S. District Court Judge Susan Webber Wright said during a question-and-answer period after a lecture at the University of Tulsa College of Law. .."
Drudge/AP 10/4/00 " The leader of a conservative legal foundation seeking to have President Clinton disbarred was charged with public indecency. An undercover federal officer said he saw Matthew J. Glavin fondling himself on May 17 on a trail in the Chattahoochee National River Park in Gwinnett County, just east of Atlanta. The officer said Glavin also fondled him after the two started talking. .Glavin, 47, president and chief executive of the Atlanta-based Southeastern Legal Foundation, denied the charges. He was in U.S. District Court in connection with the case on Tuesday but did not enter a plea because his hearing was rescheduled. The foundation, which Glavin has led since 1994, has fought to abolish Atlanta's affirmative action program and sued to have Clinton disbarred for lying under oath in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. --- "
The Presidential Debate Freeper Varmint Al 10/4/00 "
Bush: Voters should assume that I have no litmus test on that issue or any other issue. The voters will know I'll put competent judges on the bench, people who will strictly interpret the Constitution and will not use the bench to write social policy. And that's going to be a big difference between my opponent and me. I believe that I believe that the judges ought not to take the place of the legislative branch of government, that they're appointed for life and that they ought to look at the Constitution as sacred. They shouldn't misuse their bench. I don't believe in liberal, activist judges. I believe in I believe in strict constructionists. And those are the kind of judges I will appoint. I've named four Supreme Court judges in the state of Texas, and I would ask the people to check out their qualifications, their deliberations. They're good, solid men and women who have made good sound judgments on behalf of the people of Texas.
What kind of appointments should they expect from you, Vice President Gore?
Both of us use similar language to reach an exactly opposite outcome. I don't favor litmus tests, but I know that there are ways to assess how a potential justice interprets the Constitution. And, in my view, the Constitution ought to be interpreted as a document that grows with our country and our history.
Judicial Watch 10/4/00 " .Judicial Watch, the public interest law firm that investigates and prosecutes public corruption, called for a full debate on the issue of government corruption after the first presidential debate spent more time on Social Security "lock boxes" than major presidential scandals in the past few years which have led to, among other things, the loss of our nation's nuclear secrets to China and an impeachment of a sitting president "The debate last night suffered from an 'ethics gap.' In a marked sign of weakness, Gore simply refused to discuss his and Clinton's many alleged ethical transgressions -- in effect, Gore 'took the Fifth' on everything from Chinagate fundraising to sexual assaults by his current boss. And Governor Bush, for either lack of time or lack of interest, failed to push Gore hard on his scandal problems. The Governor must explain Gore's ethical lapses with the same detail he explains his tax plan if the American people are to understand the corruption endemic in Washington, DC. And with all due respect to Mr. Jim Lehrer, the debate moderator, he might have brought up the issue of the last decade in a way that was more than just an afterthought," stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton "
Washington Times 10/3/00 David Limbaugh " .. We need to take the White House back. No, I'm not talking about the selling of the Lincoln Bedroom or the debasement of the Oval Office. The American people need to recapture the executive branch. Presently, the executive branch is bereft of leadership and out of control. It is being held hostage to the political interests of Bill Clinton. The resulting chaos is a national embarrassment. Surely even Mr. Clinton's defenders would agree that he is nothing if not a consummate political animal. From his incessant use of polls to formulate policy to his exploitation of gun tragedies, from sabotaging his own Medicare task force to orchestrating government shutdowns for partisan advantage, Mr. Clinton consistently puts politics above principle The Framers considered, but rejected, the idea of multiple presidents. They understood the importance of a single, energetic president speaking with one voice .Repeatedly, Mr. Clinton has permitted dissenting voices to disintegrate the slightest appearance of unity in the executive branch ."
AFP via Yahoo 9/21/00 " Fourteen NATO and Western leaders have been sentenced in absentia to 20 years imprisonment each for war crimes committed during last year's bombardment of Yugoslavia, a Belgrade court said Thursday. The leaders included US President Bill Clinton, French President Jacques Chirac and British Prime Minister Tony Blair ."
CNN 10/18/00 Freeper Recovering_Democrat " ..The tree sat down for an interview with CNN's Jonathan Karl on CNN. Karl asked him why he repeatedly broke the rules in the debate last night. Gore asked if CNN broke the rules by showing "reaction" shots. A blushing Karl smiled and said there "might" have been some reaction shots. Gore went on to say that even though rules "matter" he'd break them because he wants to "fight" for the American people. .."
THE WASHINGTON TIMES 10/17/00 Bill Gertz " Vice President Al Gore, at the urging of Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, agreed to keep secret from Congress details of Russia's nuclear cooperation with Iran beginning in late 1995. In a classified "Dear Al" letter obtained by The Washington Times, Mr. Chernomyrdin told Mr. Gore about Moscow's confidential nuclear deal with Iran and stated that it was "not to be conveyed to third parties, including the U.S. Congress." But sources on Capitol Hill said Mr. Gore withheld the information from key senators who normally would be told of such high-level security matters. . The Gore-Chernomyrdin deal, disclosed in a letter labeled "secret," appears to violate a provision of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Act, which requires the Clinton administration to keep congressional oversight committees fully informed of all issues related to nuclear weapons proliferation. ."
Albuquerque Journal 10/14/00 Guillermo Contreras, Journal Staff Writer " Chief U.S. District Judge James A. Parker told prosecutors last week that it was unfair of them to ask for a strict prison sentence in a New Mexico perjury case, pointing out that President Clinton recently asked for leniency for lying under oath. .. Parker said other factors warranted the sentence he imposed, but that Clinton's pleadings were somewhat "icing on the cake." Parker said it seemed "terribly unfair" that the U.S. Department of Justice was trying to "pillorize" Ruben Renteria Sr. when Clinton, for similar or more "egregious" conduct, was asking for leniency. Clinton was found in contempt of court in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case for lying about his affair with White House intern Monica Lewinsky. .."
AP via Newsday.com 10/14/00 David Ho " .Four Republican senators are asking the White House to explain reports that Vice President Al Gore brokered a deal in 1995 allowing the delivery of Russian arms to Iran. Under a 1995 agreement signed by Gore and Russia's then-Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin, the United States allowed Moscow to fulfill existing sales contracts for conventional arms to Iran on condition that Russia would end the sales by the end of 1999, The New York Times reported Friday. In return, Washington agreed not to seek penalties against Moscow under a 1992 law that bans such sales to countries that sponsor terrorism, the newspaper said. Moscow continues to supply Tehran with arms, over the protests of the Clinton administration. .In a letter to President Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, along with three members of the Foreign Relations Committee -- Sens. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and Gordon Smith, R-Ore. -- said they were ''astounded'' and ''truly disturbed'' to learn the details the deal. ''Please assure us that this is not the case and that the vice president did not, in effect, sign a pledge with Victor Chernomyrdin in 1995 that committed your administration to break U.S. law by dodging sanctions requirements,'' the senators said in the letter dated Friday. "
Middle East News Line 10/17/00 " The Clinton administration kept from Congress details of a nuclear cooperation agreement between Iran and Russia, a newspaper reports. The Washington Times reported on Tuesday that Vice President Al Gore agreed in 1995 to keep secret from Congress details of Russia's nuclear cooperation with Iran. The move was made at the urging of then- Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, who informed Gore of the nuclear deal. . U.S. intelligence sources said the nuclear deal has led to Moscow providing Teheran with technology for nuclear weapons. U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Robert Einhorn told a Senate subcommittee hearing earlier this month that Russian companies linked to the government are providing Iran with laser isotope separation technology used to enrich uranium for weapons. "
Pittsburgh Tribune Review 10/15/00 " .Now, there are only 23 days left before we choose between Al Gore and George W. Bush. The question is which of these two men is the most able to lead America for the next four years? . Now, in 2000, some of our own leaders pretend to believe that the Divine Right of Kings still exists with just one word being changed. Now, we have the Divine Right of Politicians. Challenges to these creatures are met with calumny and complaint that "these critics are not politically correct; so ignore them, and we will be re-elected." What can be done? For a start, the conventional campaign wisdom of not using available factual and legitimate information about the character of a candidate has to go. And it has to go very quickly or we will be faced with the possibility of the vice president succeeding the first president to be caught lying under oath and fined for contempt of court. We have forgotten that President Clinton was not subjected to the impeachment proceedings because of his "I am the King, Monica, I will do what I like with you girl" activities. Despicable as that was, Clinton's legal problems came from his lies and obstruction of justice. .."
The Associated Press 10/14/00 David Ho " ..Four Republican senators are asking the White House to explain reports that Vice President Al Gore brokered a deal in 1995 allowing the delivery of Russian arms to Iran. Under a 1995 agreement signed by Gore and Russia's then-Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin, the United States allowed Moscow to fulfill existing sales contracts for conventional arms to Iran on condition that Russia would end the sales by the end of 1999, The New York Times reported Friday. In return, Washington agreed not to seek penalties against Moscow under a 1992 law that bans such sales to countries that sponsor terrorism, the newspaper said. Moscow continues to supply Tehran with arms, over the protests of the Clinton administration. ..In a letter to President Clinton, Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, along with three members of the Foreign Relations Committee - Sens. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., Sam Brownback, R-Kan., and Gordon Smith, R-Ore. - said they were ``astounded'' and ``truly disturbed'' to learn the details the deal. ``Please assure us that this is not the case and that the vice president did not, in effect, sign a pledge with Victor Chernomyrdin in 1995 that committed your administration to break U.S. law by dodging sanctions requirements,'' the senators said in the letter dated Friday. .."
7/22/99 Boston Globe Alan Kuperman " When Al Gore meets Russian Prime Minister Sergei Stepashin next week in Washington, the vice president will have an opportunity to rectify one of the biggest blunders of his tenure. At issue is an ''arms control'' agreement Gore negotiated with Stephashin's predecessor, Viktor Chernomyrdin, that is actually opposed by Washington arms control groups on grounds it will increase risks of loose nukes. While the upcoming minisummit may be intended to showcase Gore as presidential, he will demonstrate that quality only if he emerges with an improved nuclear deal .. The problem is Russia's disastrous choice of a new fuel - highly enriched uranium, or ''HEU,'' the radioactive explosive used in the Hiroshima bomb. Bizarrely, Moscow proposes to reduce the proliferation threat from one nuclear explosive by increasing that of the other. This cure is worse than the illness. Over 10 years it would eliminate production of some 14 metric tons of bomb-grade plutonium but increase commerce in bomb-grade uranium by some 36 metric tons. Still worse, the bomb-grade uranium fuel would be fabricated, transported, and stored at Russian facilities that the US National Academy of Sciences recently warned are inadequate to prevent theft and diversion. The Russian plan also would undermine longstanding US nonproliferation efforts to reduce global commerce in bomb-grade uranium. Since 1978, such traffic has been slashed from about three metric tons annually to just a few hundred kilograms, en route to zero. Moscow's proposal would reverse these two decades of progress in a single blow, generating more such commerce than all other civilian reactors worldwide combined. .."
Middle East Newsline 10/16/00 " .. The Clinton administration has acknowledged that it approved the delivery of Russian weapons to Iran. Now, the administration and Congress are arguing over the lethality of the weapons. . Administration officials said the Russian weapons approved to Iran were antiquated and effective only against neighboring Iraq. Critics in Congress charge that the White House opened the way for advanced aircraft, submarines and missile and nuclear weapons technology to be transferred to Iran. "The Russians have almost single-handedly armed the government of Iran with everything from combat aircraft and diesel submarines to nuclear weapons-related technology," Senator Gordon Smith, a Republican from Oregon, said. .The agreement stipulated that if Russia would end the sale of conventional weapons this year the administration would not seek to sanction Moscow. Instead, Russia has continued weapons sales throughout this year in violation of the understanding with Gore. .Republican senators questioned whether Gore had the authority to make such a deal with Moscow. ."
Washington Times 10/16/00 Bill Gertz " Vice President Al Gore Vice President Al Gore, at the urging of Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, agreed to keep secret from Congress details of Russia's nuclear cooperation with Iran beginning in late 1995 In a classified "Dear Al" letter obtained by The Washington Times, Mr. Chernomyrdin told Mr. Gore about Moscow's confidential nuclear deal with Iran and stated that it was "not to be conveyed to third parties, including the U.S. Congress." .But sources on Capitol Hill said Mr. Gore withheld the information from key senators who normally would be told of such high-level security matters The Gore-Chernomyrdin deal, disclosed in a letter labeled "secret," appears to violate a provision of the Nuclear Non-proliferation Act, which requires the Clinton administration to keep congressional oversight committees fully informed of all issues related to nuclear weapons proliferation The Chernomyrdin letter on nuclear cooperation with Iran follows a report in the New York Times last week showing that Mr. Gore reached a secret deal with Russia several months earlier that appears to circumvent U.S. laws requiring the imposition of sanctions on Russia for its conventional arms sales to Iran ..That arrangement also was kept secret from Congress, raising concerns among some lawmakers that the administration may be hiding other secret deals ."
Washington Times 10/16/00 Bill Gertz " Mr. Chernomyrdin said Moscow's program of building a nuclear reactor in Iran would be limited to training technicians in Russia, and the delivery of "nuclear fuel for the power plant for the years 2001 through 2011." "The information that we are passing on to you is not to be conveyed to third parties, including the U.S. Congress," Mr. Chernomyrdin said. "Open information concerning our cooperation with Iran is obviously a different matter, and we do no[t] object to the constructive use of such information. I am counting on your understanding." A classified analysis acompanying the letter stated that Russian assistance "if not terminated, can only lead to Iran's acquisition of a nuclear weapons capability." "Such a development would be destabilizing not only for the already volatile Middle East, but would pose a threat to Russian and Western security interests," the analysis stated ."
Newsmax 11/7/00 Carl Limbacher "..... In the last days of this year's campaign, Vice President Al Gore, Senate candidate Hillary Clinton and her husband have made regular appearances at African-American and Hispanic churches. .....Congressman Jesse Jackson Jr., whose namesake is both a reverend and one of the Democratic Party's most vocal boosters, was challenged on the issue Monday during a Tennessee radio interview on WLAC-AM by "Nashville This Morning" hosts Steve Gill and Terry Hopkins.
GILL: Let me ask you about this. It's against IRS regulations for politicians to campaign from the pulpit. Why are these politicians campaigning in black churches?
JACKSON: I'm not totally convinced that's true in the African-American community. Certainly there's a separation of church and state. But in our community there's little distinction between our religion and our politics.... And so in many African-American churches born out of experience in this country, the role of the churches has evolved into a very, very active political institution which has been very effective for a number of causes in the black community.
HOPKINS: And that supercedes the law?
JACKSON: Absolutely. Oh, absolutely.
New York Times 10/13/00 John Broder " In June 1995, Vice President Al Gore signed a secret agreement with Viktor S. Chernomyrdin, then the Russian prime minister, calling for an end to all Russian sales of conventional weapons to Iran by the end of 1999 But the deadline passed with no sign of a halt to such sales, despite repeated complaints late last year and this year to senior Russian officials by Mr. Gore, Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright and Deputy Secretary of State Strobe Talbott. Moscow continues to be a significant supplier of conventional arms to Tehran despite the Gore-Chernomyrdin deal, the Central Intelligence Agency reported in August....... Though Mr. Gore and Mr. Chernomyrdin mentioned an arms agreement in general terms at a news conference the day it was signed, the details have never been disclosed to Congress or to the public. The Gore-Chernomyrdin agreement appeared to undercut a 1992 law, the Iran-Iraq Arms Nonproliferation Act, known as Gore-McCain after its principal sponsors, Mr. Gore, then a senator from Tennessee, and Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican. The law was rooted in concerns about Russian sales to Iran of some of the same weapons that the Gore-Chernomyrdin agreement expressly allowed ."
WorldNetDaily 11/7/99 "......They say, "All's fair in love, war and politics." Let me add an addendum to that: As long as it's not against the law. The Clinton-Gore regime -- and the entirety of the Democratic Party since these two criminals have been in office -- live by the first part of that saying but not by the second part. ....... Even at this late stage, and as WND Editor Joseph Farah announced yesterday, Democrats in general, and Clinton-Gore in particular, just cannot seem to abide by the laws of this country. Power means more to them than protecting the integrity, honor, dignity and legal underpinnings of the greatest country on earth. ...... As Joe said on Monday, it seems as though elements of the Democratic Party and the Clinton-Gore administration -- as they did in 1996 -- are unlawfully abusing the power of the federal government to illegally register unqualified persons to vote. ........ "
WorldNetDaily 11/7/00 Julie Foster "......Remember -- this is the administration that sold every ounce of credibility (and legitimacy) it had on the altar of Chinese and Indonesian campaign cash. .......Remember, too, that the Democrats were the architects of the Public Broadcasting Service's "Donorgate" scandal, whereby large PBS affiliates -- long suspected of being Democratic stalwarts -- gave their donor lists to the DNC for fundraising purposes. ....... Both Clinton and Gore have also looked the other way as labor unions supported them with funds scarfed up from often unwilling union members. ...... According to WND Washington Bureau Chief Paul Sperry, Hillary Clinton has used taxpayer-funded, military-provided computer and phone equipment to staff her New York senatorial campaign office. ....... Gore has also used his "no controlling legal authority" office as a campaign HQ, Sperry said, which -- as it was in 1996 -- is an egregious violation of U.S. law, which forbids using public funds, publicly owned offices, and publicly owned materials to campaign for office. .........So should it surprise us that the Clinton-Gore Immigration and Naturalization Service, as it did in 1996, is once again illegally registering non-qualified immigrants to vote as Democrats -- just days before the election and not in time to stop it? ... As if Attorney General Janet Reno would stop it. ......"
UPI 10/31/00 Eli Lake " ..House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill, and Senate Majority Leader, Trent Lott, R-Miss., fired back Monday in a letter to Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, saying: "We categorically reject your proposal to allow solely the four leaders of the House and Senate to read, but not retain, a small fraction of the requested documents. "Administration stonewalling and obstructionism of legitimate requests for relevant documents must stop," the two congressional leaders added .. Their letter went on to say that Albright's refusal to comply with requests from Republican Sen. Jesse Helms, R-N.C., chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, "suggests that apparently you place a higher value on complying with then-Prime Minister Chernomyrdin's request that agreements 'not be conveyed to third parties, including the U.S. Congress' than on complying with the law." "
Kansas State Collegian 11/2/00 Emily Cochran " Al Gore's Oct. 17 blatant mockery of the self-imposed rules of the final debate and his incredulous disregard for narrator Jim Lehrer's numerous attempts to enforce those rules makes one wonder if Gore can't play fairly when he's set the rules what might we expect from him as a president sworn to uphold the rules of this nation set by our Founding Fathers over 200 years ago? ..This is cause for concern. Al Gore's self-professed disregard for rules is extremely dangerous especially when one considers the rule of law outlined in the Constitution. No one is above the law, Mr. Vice President, nor the rules. And speaking of the Constitution, Gore told America in the first debate, "I believe the Constitution ought to be interpreted as a document that grows with ... our country and our history." I suppose, once elected, Gore could rename the Constitution and take credit for writing "The Constitution of the United States of America with Ideological Interpretation by Albert Gore Jr." ."
The Washington Times 10/31/00 Bill Gertz " The House speaker and Senate majority leader yesterday rejected an offer from Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright for limited access to classified government documents concerning a secret arms deal between Vice President Al Gore and his Russian counterpart. Mrs. Albright offered to let congressional leaders view - but not copy - some of the documents as part of a congressional investigation into a 1995 pact between Mr. Gore and Viktor Chernomyrdin, the Russian prime minister. "We categorically reject your proposal to allow solely the four leaders of the House and Senate to read, but not retain, a small fraction of the requested documents," Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi said in a letter sent yesterday. Without the documents, the Republican leaders said, Congress cannot properly investigate the matter. .."
Capitalism Magazine 10/31/00 Walter Williams "...... Let's look at the last eight years and ask ourselves if this is the America we want to bequeath to our children and grandchildren. The social chaos seen in other countries such as sabotage, guerilla bands and political assassinations has yet to emerge in our country. Because of that, we Americans have little appreciation and even indifference to the attack on the laws, customs and institutions that create the fabric for a free society........ The Clinton/Gore administration has racheted up to an unprecedented level the attack on the rule of law and constitutional government; what's worse is that we have applauded and supported the attack. Let's look at the last eight years and ask ourselves if this is the America we want to bequeath to our children and grandchildren. ......The list of whom-to-sue-for-what is limited only by one's imagination. Attorneys and city officials involved in the attack on gun manufacturers know the common law. They are simply engaged in extortion as a means to fatten city budgets. .......... Should we now sue confectioners for obesity, skateboard manufacturers for broken bones and weathermen for erroneous predictions? ...... Another legacy of the Clinton/Gore administration sanctioned by most Americans is the idea that it's OK for a person to commit and suborn perjury, obstruct justice, and tamper with witnesses if it's "just about sex." .......Through the use of executive orders and regulatory agencies, the Clinton/Gore administration has made a mockery of separation of powers. The administration has summarily bypassed congressional legislative authority in important areas such as environmental, labor and civil-rights law, not to mention waging war in several countries..........."
PRNewswire 10/30/00 ".....Today the National Legal and Policy Center (NLPC) filed a formal Complaint with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) against the Gore/Lieberman Campaign, the AFL-CIO and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). ....... Today's complaint is regarding a full-page advertisement that appeared Wednesday, October 11, 2000, on page A11 of the Washington Post, entitled "Under the George W. Bush Tax Plan, the Rich Get Richer". The ad listed the names of 300 economists, including 8 Nobel Laureates. ......The advertisement stated at the bottom, "Paid for by the working men and women of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees and the AFL-CIO." The Advertisement stated, immediately below the headline quoted above: "We, the undersigned, oppose the large-scale tax cuts that are the centerpiece of presidential candidate George W. Bush's economic proposals." The Advertisement later states: "Targeting the surplus to these families as proposed by Vice President Gore makes more sense." The top of the Advertisement concludes: "To waste that opportunity with this tax scheme would be economically and socially irresponsible." The advertisement could be considered express advocacy or a coordinated "issue ad." Either interpretation of the ad results in a violation of the Federal Election Campaign Act. ......"
Republican National Committee 10/27/00 Jim Nicholson " Unable to pull his own poll numbers up, Al Gore has decided to spend the last days of this campaign trying to shove Gov. George W. Bush's numbers down. To reach that goal he's willing to say anything and do anything - no matter how nasty, no matter how unethical, how untrue. For example, in Michigan and other battleground states, seniors have been receiving recorded phone calls telling them that down in Texas, old folks are dying -- because of Governor Bush. . Ed Asner, the actor and leftwing basher of President Reagan, has been recording phone calls for the Gore camp as well, distorting Governor's Bush's Social Security plan, and citing "the independent Wall Street Journal" as his source. Of course, Mr. Asner is blatantly misrepresenting the Journal's analysis. Says who? Says The Wall Street Journal. .. What else might Mr. Gore and his supporters do? Wall Street Journal editorial writer John Fund noted this week that Gore's office "took the lead in convincing the Immigration and Naturalization Service to waive 'stupid rules' on background checks so that hundreds of thousand of people awaiting citizenship would be 'processed in time' for the 1996 election. It was later learned that 75,000 new citizens had arrest records when they applied." Subsequent congressional research found that at least 20% committed serious crimes - after they were given citizenship. So what about the victims of those crimes? Mr. Gore has nothing to say to them. To Mr. Gore, those victims obviously aren't "the right people." .It is in this way, that Al Gore most resembles Bill and Hillary Clinton. They are of the breed of politician that can't be bothered with ethics or even the rule of law. Such restraints are for other people, not them. They want power, and feel entitled to it. They want to win. And they don't much care how they do it. We can stop them in 11 days. We will! .."
The Associated Press 10/30/00 Pauline Jelinek " ..The State Department offered Monday to show several lawmakers some documents relating to a 1995 U.S.-Russia weapons agreement that critics contend violated nonproliferation rules and was kept secret. Lawmakers rejected the idea. ``It's totally inadequate,'' said John Czwartacki, spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss. .Secretary of State Madeleine Albright sent a letter Monday offering to show only some of the documents and to show them only to Senate leaders, Czwartacki said while declining to release the letter. ``We have offered to provide the leadership of the Senate with access to the key documents at their convenience, and we'll see how that materializes,'' State Department spokesman Richard Boucher told reporters. ..The chairmen of both House and Senate foreign affairs committees in Congress, joined by other Republicans, told the Clinton administration Friday to turn over by noon Monday all documents related to the agreement that let Russia continue selling arms to Iran and exempted it from sanctions for the sales. "
Washington Times 10/31/00 Bill Gertz " The House speaker and Senate majority leader yesterday rejected an offer from Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright for limited access to classified government documents concerning a secret arms deal between Vice President Al Gore and his Russian counterpart. Mrs. Albright offered to let congressional leaders view but not copy some of the documents as part of a congressional investigation into a 1995 pact between Mr. Gore and Viktor Chernomyrdin, the Russian prime minister . "We categorically reject your proposal to allow solely the four leaders of the House and Senate to read, but not retain, a small fraction of the requested documents," Speaker J. Dennis Hastert of Illinois and Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott of Mississippi said in a letter sent yesterday Without the documents, the Republican leaders said, Congress cannot properly investigate the matter .."The elected representatives of the American people are certainly entitled to the requested documents in order to assess the extent of damage inflicted on America's credibility and security interests by the vice president's ill-conceived and counterproductive foray into the world of secret diplomacy. "Madame Secretary, administration stonewalling and obstructionism of legitimate requests for relevant documents must stop," they wrote "
Drudge/ NY Times 10/27/00 Neil Lewis " It now appears almost certain that a trial in Little Rock, Ark., over whether President Clinton should be disbarred will not take place until well after he leaves office, lawyers involved in the case say. . Lawyers from the Arkansas bar association who are trying to strip Mr. Clinton of his law license thought they had had an agreement with the trial judge to schedule the trial for this year. But a state court official said today that Judge Leon Johnson had decided not to schedule the proceeding this year. The official, who asked not to be named, said Judge Johnson believed he already had enough cases on his schedule for the rest of the year and would not make any effort to squeeze in the Clinton disbarment trial. Mr. Clinton had hoped to delay the proceeding until after he left office. Associates said he felt that a trial on his fitness to practice law would mar his final few months in office. "
Newsmax.com 10/27/00 Carl Limbacher " .. In a phone conversation with a trusted friend earlier this week, President Clinton hinted that if Vice President Al Gore loses the election, he might make another run for the White House himself. The Constitution would seem to forclose that option: "No president shall be elected to the office of President more than twice," the twenty-second amendment states clearly. Then again, the lesson imparted by eight years of the first Clinton presidency is just as clear: Laws are made to be broken. "
Washington Times 10/30/00 "...... The State Department and some lawmakers are waxing indignant about newspaper disclosures of a secret 1995 deal between Vice President Al Gore and then-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin. After the newspaper reports were published, the State Department acknowledged this week that Mr. Gore assured Russia that the United States would not sanction the Kremlin for Russian arm sales to Iran, if they stopped by 1999. But rather than acknowledge the adverse impact this underhanded arrangement could have on national security, the State Department and legislators have lashed out at the newspapers that disclosed the Gore-Chernomyrdin arrangement. ........ Mr. Gore's chief foreign policy adviser, Leon Fuerth, told the New York Times that the Russian sales to Iran didn't meet the 1992 law's definition of "advanced conventional weapons" and that Mr. Gore was simply brandishing the threat of sanctions as a ploy to try to get the Russians to discontinue arm sales to Iran by the end of 1999.........But Mr. Gore and Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona and cosponsor of the 1992 law, specifically mentioned the threat posed by the Kilo-class submarine as a reason the 1992 nonproliferation act was needed, according to the Congressional Research Service. Russia sold precisely this submarine to Iran, which has long-range torpedoes that could target U.S. warships or oil tankers. But under the Gore-Chernomyrdin deal, the vice president agreed the White House wouldn't sanction Russia for the submarine sale. "If the administration has acquiesced in the sale, then I believe they have violated both the intent and the letter of the law," said Mr. McCain.
Congress has for years asked the administration why the White House wasn't sanctioning Russia for the submarine sale. Now it's clear why it hasn't. Unsurprisingly, the Kremlin has totally disregarded the unenforceable pact it struck with Mr. Gore and has continued making arm sales to Iran after the end of 1999. ...... And the administration has yet even to deal with the agreement Mr. Gore made with Mr. Chernomyrdin to keep secret Russia's nuclear sales to Iran. Bill Gertz, a reporter with The Washington Times, first revealed this aspect of the Gore-Chernomyrdin pact earlier this month. In the ongoing campaign for the presidency, Mr. Gore has tried to claim superiority on foreign policy matters. But his willingness to defy a law which he himself championed reveals a lack of commitment to his own stated principles. And that is worthy of indignation. ......"
Washington Times 10/30/00 Joyce Howard Price "...... Ten senior U.S. Republican senators have ordered the State Department to turn over "all the relevant documents" relating to a secret deal Vice President Al Gore made with Russia on arms sales to Iran by noon today If they don't, the Senate will subpoena the documents. The senators sent the letter to Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright on Thursday. The documents they demand are about a 1995 agreement Mr. Gore made with Viktor S. Chernomyrdin, who was prime minister of Russia, in which the vice president exempted Russia from a law requiring that economic sanctions be imposed on countries that sell arms to nations that sponsor terrorism, including Iran........"
Original Sources 10/27/00 Mary Mostert " Al Gore was on Good Morning America with Charles Gibson yesterday for about 12 minutes, answering some surprisingly tough questions for ABC to be asking a Democrat. The toughest questions came from viewers of the show. Gibson asked the vice-president to explain the "secret agreement made with the Russians in 1995 that you signed with Russian prime minister Victor Chernomyrdin at that time" which he did not tell Congress about. "Did you allow Russian weapon sales to Iran to continue in defiance of the law you personally co-sponsored?" .. GORE: Well, first of all, that didn't happen because what happened under the agreement, or the understanding that we reached with them, stopped any new arm sales for the last five years. Congress was briefed on it. This-this has been the subject of extensive dialogue. And what happened was the old contracts that were signed before the Gore-McCain law was passed, and it didn't apply to them, were allowed to-they were allowed to finish out those contracts which did not include advanced weaponry. And they agreed not to have any new ones. And that's been in the best interest of our country, for sure. ..."
Accuracy in Media 10/24/00 John Nowacki "...... Just in case anyone was in doubt about where he stands, Vice President Al Gore spelled out his disdain for the U.S. Constitution during the first presidential debate on October 3rd. ........ As the abortion pill RU-486 was being discussed, Gore had this to say about his judicial nominees: "I don't favor litmus tests, but I know that there are ways to assess how a potential Justice interprets the Constitution. And, in my view, the Constitution ought to be interpreted as a document that grows with our country and our history... And I would appoint people who have a philosophy that I think would make it quite likely that they would uphold Roe v. Wade." ...... He was even more explicit on ABC's "This Week" program last fall. "[E]ach new generation has to search for the deeper meaning of the Constitution, breathe life into it..." Gore told the panel. Of course, the idea of not using "litmus tests" is rhetorical nonsense - both Gore and Governor Bush have said they will look to a potential nominee's judicial philosophy. ........ However, Gore's notion of constitutional interpretation - and the proper role of a judge - is nothing less than willful disregard for the Constitution. ........ When Gore says that the Constitution should be interpreted as if it "grows," he's talking about changing its meaning without amending it. No vote in the Congress. No ratification by the states. No constitutional convention. Just the whim of five Supreme Court justices. Or one district court judge; Gore's radical judicial philosophy surely wouldn't be limited to the high court alone. ......"
Associated Press 10/26/00 Barry Schweid ".......The chairman of the House International Relations Committee called on the Clinton administration Thursday to show Congress all documents related to a 1995 deal that allowed Russia to continue selling weapons to Iran without suffering sanctions. ....... ``We are asking for all the documents and don't have any as yet,'' said the chairman, Rep. Benjamin A. Gilman, R-N.Y. He spoke during a break in a classified Capitol Hill briefing on the agreement between Vice President Al Gore with then-Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin. ``And we want to know why sanctions were not enforced,'' Gilman said........... After that hearing, senators went into a closed session as well. They said afterward that administration officials refused to allow them to see either the agreement or a list of weapons Russia was allowed to sell. ......Published reports assert that while Russia agreed not to sign new contracts with Iran, it was allowed to continue selling items already contracted for without being punished under a 1992 law aimed at keeping weapons out of the hands of countries that export terrorism. In addition, Republicans have charged, Congress was not properly informed. ....."
Bush/Cheney 2000! 10/26/00 ".......Gore claims that arms sold by Russia to Iran "did not include advanced weaponry," that the Gore-McCain law "didn't apply to them" and that allowing Russia "to finish out those contracts" has "been in the best interests of our country, for sure." (ABC's Good Morning America, 10/26/00) ......
"A classified annex specifies the weapons Russia was committed to supply to Iran: one Kilo-class diesel-powered submarine, 160 T-72 tanks, 600 armored personnel carriers, numerous anti-ship mines, cluster bombs and a variety of long-range guided torpedoes and other munitions for the submarine and the tanks....The weapons are not the top of the Russian lines, but they are among the best in the region and bolstered a military force in Iran that continues to grow in quality and quantity." (New York Times, 10/13/00, emphasis added) ....... Sen. John McCain, co-author of the Gore-McCain Act: "The Administration position that Russian weapons deliveries to Iran did not meet the Gore-McCain definition of advanced conventional weapons is provably false. Both Vice President Gore and I cited transfers of Kilo-class sub deliveries as weapons Gore-McCain intended to prevent. And it is highly debatable that the other conventional weapons transfers to Iran do not amount to destabilizing amounts of advanced weapons. They might not be state of the art, but they are good enough to affect the regional balance of power." (Statement by Sen. McCain, October 13, 2000) ....... Rep. Porter Goss, Chairman, House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: "To suggest that a Kilo-Class submarine is not a serious weapon goes beyond spin. We, I think, have the Fifth Fleet there and a whole bunch of ships and a whole bunch of our allies, enforcing sanctions which are very important to us. Apparently at the same time that the Gore arrangement allowed for equipment to go in that area, that could be used against us in the enforcement of those sanctions. That appears to make no sense on its face...." (Rep. Porter Goss, News Conference, October 13, 2000) .......... Rep. Christopher Cox, Chairman, House Policy Committee and Chairman, Speaker's Advisory Group on Russia: "The secret Gore-Chernomyrdin agreement reportedly allowed Russia to sell weapons to Iran for four more years, including an advanced submarine, torpedoes, anti-ship mines, and hundreds of tanks and armored personnel carriers. This submarine, as but one example, is exactly the type identified by Congress, when it passed the law, as posing a risk to U.S. forces operating in the Middle East. The secret deal cut by Vice President Gore directly contradicts the 1992 law he authored. As then-Senator Gore said on April 8, 1992, '[W]e do feel that the sanctions package has got to lay out the choice for dealers in these technologies, in very stark terms. . . . [I]t is abundantly clear that we need to raise the stakes high, and we need to act without compunction if we catch violators.' Gore's unwillingness to live up to his own words has abetted the arming of a terrorist state." (Press Release, October 13, 2000) ......"
CBSNews 10/26/00 "...... George W. Bush ramped up his campaign rhetoric on Thursday with personal swipes at rival Al Gore. From the stage of the Sailors and Soldiers Museum in Pittsburgh, where Colin Powell, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Ridge and three Medal of Honor winners rallied around the Texas governor, Bush reminded the audience of the low point of Gore's eight-year vice presidency. ......"In my administration, we will ask not only what is legal, but what is right," Bush promised. "Not just what the lawyers allow, but what the people deserve. My Administration will make it clear there is the controlling legal authority of conscience." ....."
ABCNews 10/25/00 Reuters "......At a politically charged hearing, State Department officials Wednesday defended Vice President Al Gore"s 1995 pact with Moscow on arms sales to Iran, rejecting Republican accusations that it skirted U.S. law and Congress had been kept in the dark on the details. "The 1995 understanding was fully consistent with U.S. law," John P. Barker, a deputy assistant secretary of state, told a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the pact negotiated by Gore, the Democratic presidential candidate, and former Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin. ........Barker in his testimony said there was no attempt to keep the agreement from Congress, adding the subject was addressed in press conferences at the time of a 1995 Moscow-Washington summit and in later briefings to staff of the House International Relations Committee. .... He said the arms transfers allowed under the pact did not provide Iran new weapons capabilities or alter the regional military balance, and the pact achieved its main purpose of stopping new Russian weapons sales to Iran. .... The agreement allowed sales of weapons including diesel-powered submarines, tanks, mines and other weapons that were part of Soviet-era contracts. On Tuesday, 11 former top-level national security officials said in a statement they were "deeply disturbed" by the agreement, which allowed the sale of "highly threatening military equipment" to Iran. ....... But Barker said the pact was reviewed by State Department lawyers who determined it did not trigger the sanctions law because the arms being transferred did not meet its definition of "advanced conventional weapons." ........ Republican senators, who demanded the confidential documents be turned over to the committee once it went into closed session, questioned the administration"s response. Kansas Sen. Sam Brownback said arguments that the pact was only an "understanding" and therefore did not need to be submitted to Congress were "just the kind of Clinton-Gore hairsplitting which causes the American people to question the honesty and integrity of their elected officials."
The Associated Press 10/25/00 Barry Schweid ".........Backed by a statement of concern from four former Republican secretaries of state and other officials, Senate Republicans are airing allegations that Vice President Al Gore in 1995 secretly acquiesced to Russian arms sales to Iran. ...... Coming just two weeks before the Nov. 7 election, the Gore presidential campaign labeled the issue political and said a Senate hearing Wednesday would only rehash actions that were well known five years ago and done in the interest of U.S. security. ...... But Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., co-chair of the hearing with Sen. Gordon H. Smith, R-Ore., said, "U.S. national security is at stake." .... Two of the 11 officials signing the statement of concern served in Democratic administrations. .......... The 11 former high-level U.S. officials said they were deeply disturbed by the agreement. "The president's most important job is safeguarding our nation's security and our ability to protect our interests, our citizens, our allies and friends," the statement said. ......"
Washington Times 10/26/00 Bill Gertz "....... State Department officials admitted yesterday that details of secret deals between Vice President Al Gore and Russian Prime Minister Victor Chernomyrdin were kept from Congress......But they insisted that the overall "understandings" with Moscow helped curb weapons transfers to Iran despite an apparent violation of a 1992 law sponsored by Mr. Gore himself........."Of course certain sensitive documents were classified and were closely held in the executive branch - that is before they were published in the newspaper," said John P. Barker, deputy assistant secretary of state for nonproliferation........"This is the common practice for all administrations on very sensitive diplomatic negotiations. But the thrust of these documents was widely telegraphed to both the Congress and the American people."........But Mr. Gore's secret Russian deals may not be "fully consistent with U.S. law," said Sen. Gordon H. Smith, Oregon Republican, referring to the Iran-Iraq Arms Non-Proliferation Act of 1992, which he noted "the vice president himself introduced during his years in the Senate."..........."
Washington Times 10/26/00 Bill Gertz "....... Mr. Gore's secret deal with Russia to circumvent U.S. laws requiring sanctions for sales of conventional arms to Iran was reported Oct. 13 by the New York Times. The Washington Times reported Oct. 17 that Mr. Gore had struck a similar deal with Russia covering nuclear sales to Iran, and published excerpts of a letter from Mr. Chernomyrdin stating that terms of the agreement were "not to be conveyed to third parties, including the U.S. Congress."........ At yesterday's hearing of the subcommittees on Near East affairs and European affairs, State Department officials said in a prepared statement that provisions of the deals to keep details secret from Congress "had no effect" and did not constitute a secret pact kept from Congress........ But former Secretary of State George P. Shultz said yesterday the sales "upset the strategic balance" in the region and posed a "real threat" to U.S. forces there.........In an interview with reporters arranged by the presidential campaign of Republican George W. Bush, Mr. Shultz also said the deal reflected poorly on Mr. Gore's supposed foreign policy expertise. "His foreign policy experience is experience with catastrophe," Mr. Shultz said of Mr. Gore. "Somehow the administration decided to make the vice president sort of the point man [with Russia]. I think the whole handling of our relationship with Russia for the past six or seven years has been bad."......."
Washington Times 10/26/00 Bill Gertz "....... Since the 1995 agreement, Mr. Smith noted, Russia delivered an advanced Kilo-class submarine and long-range torpedoes and anti-ship mines........"It is an understatement to say that the secrecy with which the administration has handled the Gore-Chernomyrdin agreement, and the legalisms employed to justify it over the last week, indeed over the last five years, has fostered a measure of distrust between the executive and legislative branches of government," Mr. Smith said....... The State Department officials insisted that Russian arms sales to Iran were not covered by the 1992 law that requires imposing sanctions for transfers of destabilizing weapons to Iran, or a 1996 amendment to another law requiring sanctions for arms transfers to terrorist states. "It has always been the case that the transfers subject to the aide-memoire do not trigger U.S. sanctions laws," Mr. Barker said. "There were no sanctions to impose. So in fact we have never taken any steps to avoid penalties against the Russians for transfers in the pipeline. That was our conclusion in 1995; it still stands today."........ Mr. Brownback said he wants to see the documents that were kept from Congress. Regarding Mrs. Albright's letter, Mr. Brownback said: "I see no other way to read [it] except as a blatant admission that this administration concluded a secret agreement with Russia in which it promised to ignore U.S. nonproliferation laws." A law requiring all international agreements to be transmitted to Congress also "appears to have been broken," Mr. Brownback said......"
Associated Press 10/24/00 Barry Schweid InterestAlert.com " .Al Gore has been accused by 11 former high-ranking officials of agreeing to Russia's 1995 sale of military equipment to Iran without fully informing Congress. ...The 11 former officials said Gore and then-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin had agreed that the United States would acquiesce to sales by Russia to Iran of "highly threatening military equipment such as modern submarines, fighter planes and wake-homing torpedoes" . They said they found it "incomprehensible" that the agreement was not "fully disclosed" to committees of Congress and that the sale should have resulted in sanctions against Russia under a 1992 law Gore had sponsored. "The president's most important job is safeguarding our nation's security and our ability to protect our interests, our citizens, our allies and friends," the statement said. .. Four former secretaries of state who joined in the statement: Shultz, Henry A. Kissinger, James A. Baker III and Lawrence Eagleburger. Four former secretaries of defense, Frank C. Carlucci, Donald H. Rumsfeld, James R. Schlesinger and Caspar W. Weinberger, former CIA director R. James Woolsey and former national security advisers Zbigniew Brzezinski and Brent Scowcroft joined them. All worked in Republican administrations except Brzezinski and Woolsey. Brzezinski has been critical of the Clinton administration's foreign policy in the past. Schlesinger served in both Republican and Democratic administrations. . A note at the bottom of the one-page statement said the signers included supporters both of Gov. George W. Bush and Gore. It did not identify who supported which candidate. "
WBRC, Birmingham, AL and WAAX, Gadsden, AL 10/23/00 Freeper OldSmaj ".....First reported on WBRC AM radio out of Birmingham, repeated on affiliate carrier, WAAX, AM 570 out of Gadsden, AL. This alledged to have occurred in Huntsville, AL. The NAACP is paying a $3.00 per head bounty on new voter registration. Each new registrant is required to be briefed on differences between political parties, before bounty is paid. Alabama Attorney General states that the bounty may not be illegal, but certainly presents a wrong impression. Others quoted as calling it "sleaze" on the part of NAACP....."
Washington Weekly 10/18/00 Rep Gibbons "..... Mr. Speaker, here we go again. The Clinton-Gore administration is illegally threatening vital national security interests of the American public. This time the illegality involved a letter written by Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin to Vice President Gore about a secret, illegal nuclear arms deal with an unidentified terrorist nation 'that was not to be conveyed to third parties, including the United States Congress.' Yes, sadly, Vice President Gore kept his promise to the Russian Prime Minister instead of his promise to the American public. ...... He did not tell Congress about the letter or about Moscow's continued sale of nuclear equipment to Iran, a blatant violation of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Act. Instead of being open and honest with Congress about this high level national security threat, Gore simply filed the letter away and kept silent. Mr. Speaker, America deserves an administration that will work with Congress to protect the national security interest of our Nation. .... Mr. Speaker, I yield back Mr. Gore's flagrant disregard for our Constitution, our security, and our country. ...."
NYPOST.COM 10/20/00 ".....It is time to examine the principal issue in this year's presidential race: character. The coming election rests on voters' concerns about the honesty, integrity and moral conduct of public officials. Al Gore has tried his best to keep this issue hidden. He's tried to change the subject......."You may want to focus on scandals," the veep said, responding to a question about character during his first debate with Gov. George W. Bush. "I want to focus on results." No doubt. ..... If you were in Gore's shoes, you'd avoid talking about scandals, too.........Yet, come Nov. 7, voters will say loud and clear whether eight years of Clinton-Gore shenanigans are an issue. They'll say whether it's OK to flout the law - as Al Gore has done repeatedly - on fund-raising. Or whether it's permissible to lie to the American people. Repeatedly. And, especially, if it's a veep's duty to proudly back his boss - as the president swims in a moral sewer. .......... More than anything, Al Gore's campaign has been about lies. He's the serial exaggerator, the political Pinocchio, the frequent fibber, the king of the whoppers. The little lies stretch from the Internet to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve. ........ The only principle Gore seems to have is his commitment to Al Gore. ......Ironic - indeed, downright comical - is Gore's current call for campaign-finance reform. That's because the Clinton-Gore years have been marked by open con-tempt for existing fund-raising law. Happily for the vice president, a compliant Attorney General Janet Reno made sure no serious legal action would be taken by the government. ......... Did the Chinese buy the 1996 election? Did they get banned high-tech goodies, courtesy of an indebted White House? Did Gore solicit money from trial lawyers in exchange for a veto on tort reform? Reno's response: Let's not go there. ........Gore saw nothing out of line with the unethical - and illegal - habits of his party and administration. He thought nothing of Clinton's own misdeeds - until, of course, Clinton himself was forced to 'fess up. Clinton had shamed the nation and sullied the office of the presidency. Yet to Gore's mind, Clinton "will be regarded in the history books as one of our greatest presidents." Has Gore no scruples at all? Apparently not. ........ "
Washington Times 10/20/00 Diana West "...... The most flummoxing fact of this election cycle, the one most likely to rate a line someday in "Ripley's Believe It or Not," is the all-powerful, near-sacred taboo against mentioning the salient event of the Clinton years. (Hint: It begins with an "I.")...... But even then we'll have to read between the lines. While a Gore victory gives credence to the Clintonian record, and a Bush victory cleans house, the profound political and constitutional questions around impeachment remain undiscussed and unresolved. The self-censorship of this baffling blackout, adhered to by candidates and media alike, seems to reflect their vision of a society that may enthusiastically consume vast quantities of sex and violence, but is too terribly fragile to withstand a public debate on the merits of impeachment, and how it relates to the selection of our political leaders..........As Washington Post reporter Peter Baker pointed out this week, we don't know whether Vice President Al Gore believes perjury and obstruction are excusable when they are related to adultery. Or whether the vice president would still say, as he did on impeachment day, that Bill Clinton is "one of our greatest presidents." And where does Gov. George W. Bush stand on all of this?
Inquiring minds are reduced to sifting through the coded scraps of Republican speechifying - namely, the Bush team's mantra to restore dignity to the presidency - to decipher the most general GOP point of view.........The amazing fact is - and this is hard to believe inside the Beltway - the corruptions of the Clinton-Gore years are far from familiar to voters. I have met actual living, breathing Americans who, in the case of a college-educated and politically interested Westchester County, N.Y., matron (and Hillary Clinton supporter), knew nothing - nothing - about Travelgate. Then there was the Los Angeles man, a college-educated professional, who had never before heard of Al Gore's Buddhist Temple fund-raiser. In other words, there are countless likely voters who simply don't get the delicately vague allusions to honor or lawbreaking that are occasionally made on the hustings......... Voters need to hear Republican candidates - smiling - make the case against the Clinton-Gore legacy of lawbreaking, legal shading and ethical corner-cutting, just as they need to hear Democratic candidates - smiling? - defend that legacy. Of course, that's not going to happen in a big way any time soon. But when it does, it may become possible to shake off the corruptions and corrosive cynicism Clintonism leaves behind. And that should give everyone something to smile about......."
Reuters 10/19/00 Christopher Wilson "......Senate Republicans said on Thursday they will hold hearings next week to probe the legality of a recently disclosed deal struck by Vice President Al Gore (news - web sites) with Moscow that Russia would not face U.S. sanctions if it completed delivery of certain arms shipments to Iran. .......News reports of the 1995 pact between Gore and former Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin have prompted charges that the Clinton administration failed to seek penalties against Russia under a 1992 U.S. law barring such sales to Iran and other states seen as sponsors of terrorism. ......``The agreement specifically commits the United States to 'avoid any penalties to Russia that might otherwise arise under domestic law,''' said Sen. Sam Brownback, a senior member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which plans to open the hearings as early as next Tuesday. ``Without an explicit act of Congress, the vice president did not have the power or authority to commit the United States to ignore U.S. law,'' the Kansas Republican told reporters on Capitol Hill. ......Gore, the Democratic presidential candidate, has denied the agreement violated U.S. law or that he withheld details of the deal from Congress. His campaign dismissed the controversy as a politically motivated attack in the final weeks before the Nov. 7 elections. ......"
Reuters 10/19/00 Christopher Wilson "......Under the 1995 agreement negotiated by Gore and Chernomyrdin, Russia pledged not to enter into any new contracts for Iran to buy conventional weapons and to finish shipments of existing contracts by the end of 1999. The agreement covered sales of weapons including a diesel-powered submarine, tanks, anti-ship mines and other weapons that were part of Soviet-era contracts. In return, the United States agreed not to sanction Russia under a 1992 nonproliferation law that was co-sponsored by Gore himself and Arizona Republican Sen. John McCain (news - web sites). ....... ``Clearly there was a controlling legal authority on these transfers and it should not be ignored by the Congress of the United States,'' said Republican Sen. Gordon Smith of Oregon, who also sits on the Foreign Relations Committee. ``We will be investigating it in the interests of the American people and to ensure that our laws are enforced.'' ........"
Washington Times 10/20/00 Bill Gertz " Senate leaders yesterday accused the White House of withholding documents and announced hearings next week to explore back-channel deals between Vice President Al Gore and Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin on Moscow's arms deals with Iran . Mr. Smith said the administration has refused for a week to provide a copy of the classified 1995 "aide-memoire" signed by Mr. Gore and Mr. Chernomyrdin that stated the United States would not impose penalties on Moscow required under "domestic law." . Mr. Smith and Sen. Sam Brownback, Kansas Republican, showed reporters a poster-size reprint of a portion of the aide-memoire that was published in Tuesday's editions of The Washington Times Mr. Brownback, chairman of the Near East subcommittee, said the aide-memoire reveals an explicit agreement to ignore several U.S. laws governing the U.S. response to arms sales to terrorist nations, including Iran. "Without an explicit act of Congress, the vice president did not have the power or authority to commit the United States to ignore U.S. law," Mr. Brownback said. "He doesn't have that authority or power to do that." .. The senators said they will hold a hearing Tuesday on the issue and plan to issue subpoenas for documents if the administration refuses to produce them . Mr. Smith dismissed White House claims that the matter was "political." "It ought to be of grave concern to every American citizen," he said. "We are bringing young men and women home in body bags right now. We should not be aiding and abetting those who would do us harm. That may have happened here." .Mr. Brownback said statements by the White House and Mr. Gore's office defending the policy of not sanctioning Russia was contradicted by a letter sent to Russia in January by Secretary of State Madeleine K. Albright. The letter to Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov, first disclosed by The Times on Tuesday, states that the United States would have imposed sanctions on Russia for its arms sale if there had been no 1995 agreement. "Secretary Albright's letter is an admission that this administration willfully concluded a secret agreement with Russia to ignore U.S. statutes," Mr. Brownback said. Congress was not informed about Mrs. Albright's letter. "We learned about it in The Washington Times," Mr. Brownback said . "This withholding of information from Congress may itself be a violation of law," Mr. Brownback said, citing a law requiring notification of international agreements. "This law clearly has been broken." .."
FoxNews.com 10/19/00 " .. Sen. Gordon Smith said the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing Tuesday to investigate a secret agreeement between Al Gore and then-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin. In the deal, penned in 1995 and reported by The New York Times last Friday, Gore agreed that the administration would turn a blind eye to Russia's violation of U.S. non-proliferation laws in its arms deals to Iran. "Clearly this was a case where there was controlling legal authority," Smith said, referring to a term used by Gore in defense of questionable fund-raising calls made from his White House office. "We are concerned that it may not have been observed." .Iran is categorized by the State Department as a sponsor of terrorism. Countries that transfer arms to Iran violate the 1992 Iran-Iraq Arms Non-proliferation Act written by Gore and Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. The law calls for sanctions on countries that violate it. ...... Russia also has been delivering nuclear technology to Iran in violation of the United States' nuclear non-proliferation law, according to a story in The Washington Times earlier this week. Chernomyrdin and Gore apparently made a separate agreement for the U.S. to ignore those violations. The deals were supposed to last until 1999, but Russia is still transferring arms to Iran. .. Sen. Sam Brownback, R-Kan., said that a committee review of sanctions imposed by the United States revealed "not one instance since the 1995 secret deal that the administration imposed sanctions on Russia for its arms sales to Iran. They did not sanction Russia." .. Brownback also complained that Congress, as stipulated in the agreement, was deliberately kept in the dark about the deal. "This withholding of information from Congress may itself be a violation of U.S. law," Brownback said, citing another law requiring all agreements with foreign nations to be submitted to Congress within 60 days. "This law was specifically enacted in order to protect American democracy by holding the president and his people accountable for their international agreements, but that law clearly has been broken," Brownback said. Brownback said the president has failed to submit two reports required under law to be filed with Congress on proliferation of weapons to Iran. "Those reports were due on June 12 and Sept. 14 of this year," Brownback said. "They clearly would have contained evidence of arms transfers from Russia to Iran. I would like to know where those reports are. What is the administration afraid of sharing?" Smith said the committee will invite Gore and other administration officials to testify at the hearing. .."
Middle East News Line 11/17/00 " The Clinton administration has acknowledged that Moscow is not being held to honor a 1995 agreement that bans Russian arms sales to Iran. Administration officials said Washington and Moscow differ over the interpretation of the 1995 understanding signed by then-Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin and U.S. Vice President Al Gore. U.S. officials said the ban was meant to stop all future arms sales as well as weapons shipments from the end of 1999. But the administration officials acknowledge that Russia continues to ship arms to Iran and disputes the meaning of the agreement. Moscow says the ban was conditional and ensured the shipment of all weapons ordered by Iran before the understanding. .."
USA TODAY 11/16/00 John Omicinski " Welcome to the DSA, the Divided States of America. Having walked across President Clinton's ''bridge to the 21st century,'' we find a country more fractured, angry, and in political chaos than it has been in more than a century. . Clinton taught the lesson that graciousness and character are for losers, money and good looks are for winners. A national rebound from that attitude will be difficult, if not impossible, with this distrustful public. .. In the absence of trust, what was supposed to be a government of law has become a government of lawyers. Without trust, the vital center does not hold; things fall apart. The Divided States of America closes the Clinton years split down the middle along racial, gender and cultural lines. Cities and rural areas are strangers to each other; big cities went for Gore 3-to-1 and rural areas for Bush 3-to-2. ..Having raised not a finger to bring political consensus, ruling instead by fiat in many cases, Clinton must take a heavy share of the blame. Like a monarch, he waved his scepter to declare swaths of the West federally protected. He ordered a useless $5 billion effort in Haiti and, with no support from Congress, sent U.S. troops into attacks on Bosnia, Afghanistan, Sudan, Iraq, and most notably, Kosovo, ..Indeed, in another symbol of division, the House tied when it voted on whether to pay for the 1999 Kosovo bombing campaign six weeks into it. "
CAS-Dallas Morning News 12/18/00 Gayle Allen Cox "..... During Bill Clinton's nomination acceptance speech in August 1992, he said, "It is time for a change in America." And once elected, he rode into Washington, promising reformation as never before. ......In fact, all sorts of changes have taken place in this country since his inaugural address in January 1993. .......
A draft dodger became president.
A president was sued for sexual harassment.
A president established a legal defense fund.
A president engaged in illicit sex in the Oval Office with an intern half of his age.
A president redefined "is," redefined "alone" and redefined what it means to win at any cost.
An elected president was impeached.
A president was accused of rape.
A president was found in contempt of court, was fined for contempt of court and was found in violation of the law by a federal judge.
A first lady was subpoenaed in a criminal investigation.
A first lady's fingerprints were found on dubiously "missing" subpoenaed documents.
The Lincoln Bedroom became the Lincoln Motel.
Top-secret FBI files were pilfered through - and nobody went to jail.
More than 120 contributors to the Clinton-Gore campaign either took the Fifth Amendment or fled the country.
The National Organization for Women remained calm, cool and collected when a powerful man (the most powerful in the world, in fact) treated women like sex objects and disposed of them at will.
The mainstream press accepted the notion that presidential immorality is a "private" matter.
Indeed, if ever a president has brought change to America, it is William Jefferson Blythe Clinton. ..."
AP 12/11/00 ".....A judge has pushed back a deadline in President Clinton's disbarment case, meaning the case won't be heard until the end of the year and likely not until Clinton is out of office. The complaint to strip Clinton of his law license, filed by the state Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct, is based on Clinton's testimony about his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Pulaski County Circuit Judge Leon Johnson, in an order released Monday, gave lawyers for both sides an additional month ..."
The Cato Institute 12/3/00 Roger Pilon " .. In ways large and small, in matters political and personal, in legislation, executive orders, executive branch actions, court briefs, and conduct in office, President Clinton has seriously undermined the cornerstone of American democracy -- the rule of law. . The Rule of Law in the Wake of Clinton, edited by the Cato Institute's Vice President for Legal Affairs Roger Pilon, contains 15 essays by scholars, lawyers, lawmakers and cultural critics that chronicle Clinton's utter disregard for "a nation of laws, not of men." But unlike with other recently published books on related issues, the principal focus here is on basic rule-of-law questions, not scandal. ..After reading the manuscript, Carter administration Attorney General Griffin Bell remarked: "This collection of essays on the Clinton-Gore use of executive power demonstrates that our constitutional system is in disarray. The rule of law is severely damaged. The Department of Justice is no longer a neutral zone in the government. There is an appearance that the powerful are treated better by the law than the powerless; that the president, the vice president and others of the privileged class are above the law. Our only hope to preserve the constitutional system vouchsafed to us is the dismissal of the present executive department, root and branch." ."
USA TODAY 11/30/00 John Omicinski " ..Vice President Al Gore has made much of his close relationship with former Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin, using it in his presidential campaign to illustrate his foreign policy expertise. Now we come to find out that, more than five years ago, Gore made a secret deal with Chernomyrdin promising not to punish Moscow for selling hundreds of tanks, artillery shells, mines and even a submarine to the Iranian government. Under the deal, Russia would not sign any new arms contracts with Iran after 1999. But now that the word is out, Prime Minister Vladimir Putin says the deal is off. .. The Moscow arms bazaar is open for business big time. . Russia's track record for truth gave Gore no reason to trust Chernomyrdin. Yet he has not offered an explanation as to why he did so. Questions are referred to the State Department. .Gore kept up his end of the secret bargain while the administration completely failed to speak up for Chechens being massacred by the Russian military. "
WorldNetDaily.com 11/25/00 " The latest secret Al Gore has kept from all of us is that the Russians officially informed the United States last month that they didn't consider the secret agreements -- the ones we now know about between Al Gore and former Russian Prime Minister Viktor Chernomyrdin involving Russian arms sales to Iran -- to be binding on Russia. That figures. Those Gore-Chernomyrdin Commission agreements had not only been kept secret from the U.S. Congress but were also kept secret from the Russian Duma. Just as Gore didn't tell us, Chernomyrdin didn't tell them. . It has always been true that whatever Gore did with Chernomyrdin -- secretly or in the open -- which did not have the explicit or implicit approval of Congress, had no validity under U.S. law. Now the Russian government is effectively saying that commitments Chernomyrdin made to Gore were not binding on Russia. We and the Russians may choose to honor those commission commitments, but we are not bound to. "
The Associated Press 11/18/00 " .A former judge named as an unindicted co-conspirator in a Whitewater-related case will have to pay a $1,000 fine and suspend his law practice for 30 days, a legal discipline panel decided Friday. Bill Watt of Little Rock resigned as a traffic judge in 1996 after he testified for the prosecution in a case against presidential friends Jim and Susan McDougal, and former Gov. Jim Guy Tucker. ...... The Arkansas Supreme Court Committee on Professional Conduct on Friday imposed the fine and suspension on Watt for his role in transactions involving Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan, owned by the McDougals. "
Bill Clinton's 40 Recess Appointments in 11 days ... Freeper Thanatos
(1) December 18, 2000 JAMES J. HOECKER AS CHAIR AND MEMBER OF THE FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION
(2) December 21, 2000 EDWIN A. LEVINE AS ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR FOR ENVIRONMENTAL INFORMATION AND CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
(3) December 21, 2000 JAMES V. AIDALA AS ASSISTANT ADMINISTRATOR FOR PREVENTION, PESTICIDES, AND TOXIC SUBSTANCES AT THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
(4) December 21, 2000 MICHAEL V. DUNN TO SERVE AS MEMBER OF THE FARM CREDIT ADMINISTRATION BOARD
(5) December 21, 2000 JAMES A. DORSKIND AS GENERAL COUNSEL AT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
(6) December 21, 2000 ELWOOD (ELGIE) HOLSTEIN, JR., AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR OCEANS AND ATMOSPHERE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
(7) December 21, 2000 KENNETH LEE SMITH TO SERVE AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR FISH, WILDLIFE, AND PARKS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR
(8) December 21, 2000 ARTHENIA L. JOYNER AS MEMBER OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
(9) December 21, 2000 DAVID Z. PLAVIN AS A MEMBER OF THE FEDERAL AVIATION MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
(10) December 21, 2000 GREGORY M. FRAZIER AS CHIEF AGRICULTURAL NEGOTIATOR FOR THE U.S. TRADE REPRESENTATIVE
(11) December 22, 2000 FRED P. DUVAL AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE INTER-AMERICAN FOUNDATION
(12) December 22, 2000 GEORGE "BUDDY" DARDEN AS A MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE OVERSEAS PRIVATE INVESTMENT CORPORATION
(13) December 22, 2000 BETH S. SLAVET AS CHAIRMAN OF THE MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD
(14) December 22, 2000 NAMES MIGUEL D. LAUSELL AS A MEMBER OF THE OVERSEAS PRIVATE INVESTMENT CORPORATION
(15) December 22, 2000 ANITA PEREZ FERGUSON AS CHAIR OF THE INTER-AMERICAN FOUNDATION
(16) December 22, 2000 DR. SHIBLEY TELHAMI TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE
(17) December 27, 2000 TONI G. FAY TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF THE CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE
(18) December 27, 2000 JUDITH A. WINSTON AS UNDER SECRETARY AT THE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
(19) December 27, 2000 ROGER GREGORY TO THE UNITED STATES COURT OF APPEALS FOR THE FOURTH CIRCUIT
(20) December 27, 2000 BARBARA J. SAPIN AS VICE CHAIRMAN OF THE MERIT SYSTEMS PROTECTION BOARD
(21) December 28, 2000 ALLAN I. MENDELOWITZ AS CHAIR AND MEMBER OF THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS FOR THE FEDERAL HOUSING FINANCE BOARD
(22) December 29, 2000 GEOFF BACINO AS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL CREDIT UNION ADMINISTRATION
(23) December 29, 2000 Nina Archabal member of the National Council on the Humanities
(24) December 29, 2000 Betty Bengtson member of the National Council on the Humanities
(25) December 29, 2000 Ron Chew member of the National Council on the Humanities
(26) December 29, 2000 Bill Duke member of the National Council on the Humanities
(27) December 29, 2000 Donald Fixico member of the National Council on the Humanities
(28) December 29, 2000 Henry Glassie member of the National Council on the Humanities
(29) December 29, 2000 Mary Hubbard member of the National Council on the Humanities
(30) December 29, 2000 Naomi Shihab Nye member of the National Council on the Humanities
(31) December 29, 2000 Vicki Ruiz member of the National Council on the Humanities
(32) December 29, 2000 Isabel Stewart member of the National Council on the Humanities
(33) December 29, 2000 JAMES F. DOBBINS AS ASSISTANT SECRETARY OF EUROPEAN AFFAIRS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE8:09 PM 12/29/2000
(34) December 29, 2000 PAULETTE H. HOLAHAN TO THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
(35) December 29, 2000 TIMOTHY EARL JONES AS A MEMBER OF THE UNITED STATES PAROLE COMMISSION
(36) December 29, 2000 MARILYN MASON TO THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
(37) December 29, 2000 DONALD L ROBINSON TO THE NATIONAL COMMISSION ON LIBRARIES AND INFORMATION SCIENCE
(38) December 29, 2000 PETER F. ROMERO ASSISTANT SECRETARY FOR WESTERN HEMISPHERE AFFAIRS AT THE DEPARTMENT OF STATE
(39) December 29, 2000 ISI A. SIDDIQUI AS UNDER SECRETARY FOR MARKETING AND REGULATORY PROGRAMS AT THE UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
(40) December 29, 2000 DENNIS P. WALSH AS A MEMBER OF THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD
One more...December 18, 2000 Susan Ness as Member of the Federal Communications Commission.
The Washington Weekly 12/18/00 J Peter "The Lawyer" Mulhern "......It is time, at long last, for parting thoughts about the Clinton-Gore era. Nothing epitomizes that era like its long death agony. All the elements that have made government so repulsive for the last eight years have been on display in spades since Election Day. The special je ne sais quoi that the Clintons brought to Washington was composed of equal parts dishonesty, hypocrisy, self-righteousness, and shamelessness. In the last five weeks, Albert Arnold Gore, Jr. proved himself a worthy guardian of the Clinton legacy. ......It is altogether fitting and proper that the Clinton era should end with a U.S. Supreme Court decision that debunks the latest wave of Democrat propaganda. .... Targeted recounts have one, and only one purpose -- to skew the election results. Gore wanted the vote counted inclusively in a few of his strongholds and exclusively everywhere else in the hope that this would eliminate Bush's margin of victory. Democrat county officials gave him some of what he wanted. The entire Democrat propaganda machine tried to argue that this was perfectly legitimate. ...... Seven justices of the United States Supreme Court burned the clouds of propaganda away. ....... "
Cato Institute 12/13/00 Gene Healy ".... In his classic 1973 book The Imperial Presidency, historian Arthur Schlesinger Jr. warned that the American political system was threatened by "a conception of presidential power so spacious and peremptory as to imply a radical transformation of the traditional polity." America's rise to global dominance and Cold War leadership, Schlesinger explained, had dangerously concentrated power in the presidency, transforming the Framers' energetic but constitutionally constrained chief executive into a sort of elected emperor with virtually unchecked authority in the international arena. .....Throughout his administration, President Clinton has adopted a view of his executive power that is positively Nixonian in its breadth and audacity. The administration insists that the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty still binds the United States under international law, even though the Senate explicitly declined to ratify that agreement. Administration officials likewise insist that the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty is still in effect even though one of the contractual parties (the Soviet Union) no longer exists. The administration has attempted to implement provisions of the Kyoto Protocol on the environment while continuing to refuse even to submit the treaty to the Senate for ratification....In addition to the abuse of the treaty power, the president has repeatedly usurped the congressional war power. In Haiti, Iraq, Sudan, and Bosnia, the Clinton administration displayed its contempt for the constitutional process and asserted a unilateral power to wage war without congressional approval. The most flagrant example was the 78-day air war conducted against Serbia in 1999 despite Congress's adamant refusal to approve the action. ......"