As presidential hopeful Donald Trump continues to commit one blunder after another, daily sabotaging himself with more and more outrageous statements, let’s take a little peak behind the curtain at Bill and Hillary Clinton’s extensive history of controversies and scandals stretching back to Arkansas, long before any email problems and Foundation questions.
The Whitewater investment scandal – In the late 1970s and early 1980s, Bill and Hillary were associates of Jim and Susan McDougal in the Whitewater Development Corp., an Arkansas real estate investment firm that went under when McDougal’s Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan was closed by federal regulators for illegal accounting.
Taxpayers lost $60 million due to the federal bail out of Guaranty Savings & Loan. The Clintons lost an estimated $40,000 on their investment, but McDougal helped pay off Bill Clinton’s campaign debts. Investigators later determine some of the money was improperly withdrawn from depositor funds.
McDougal hired the Rose Law Firm, where Hillary Clinton was a partner, to do legal work for the ailing savings and loan. In 1988 witnesses from the Rose Law Firm reported Hillary Clinton requested the destruction of Madison land contract files.
In 1992 the Federal Resolution Trust Corp., investigating causes of Madison’s failure, sent a referral to the Justice Department that named the Clintons as “potential beneficiaries” of illegal activities at Madison. A year later RTC’s criminal referral was rejected by Paula Casey, U.S. attorney in Little Rock and a former law student of Bill Clinton.
In 1996 an FDIC inspector general’s report concluded Hillary Clinton drafted a real estate document that Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan used to “deceive” federal regulators in 1986.
In January 2016, Judicial Watch published new memos from the 1998 Whitewater investigation which showed that prosecutors declined to prosecute Clinton because of the difficulty of persuading a jury to convict a public figure as widely known as Clinton.
“The crimes under consideration” included – Between January 1994 and February 1996 both Hillary Clinton and Webster Hubbell made numerous sworn statements to the RTC, the FDIC, the Senate and the House of Representatives, and to the OIC (Office of Independent Counsel). Each of these reflected and embodied materially inaccurate stories. The 1998 memoranda include substantial evidence depicting Clinton and her former Rose Law Firm partners—Hubbell, and Vincent Foster, both of whom went on to senior positions in the Bill Clinton presidency—as complicit in activities that “facilitated crimes.”
On a radio talk show, Hillary Clinton said Whitewater reminds her “of some people’s obsession with UFOs and the Hale-Bopp comet some days.”
The Nursing Home Scandal – Hillary Clinton and her law firm were central to a vast and methodical scheme of profiteering, gouging taxpayers and, above all, the defenseless residents of nursing homes in four states, including Arkansas. (CounterPunch 2016)
In 1989, with debts of $850 million, Beverly Enterprises was facing bankruptcy. Its strategy for survival was to sell off some of its 845 nursing homes throughout the country as quickly as possible. Rose Law was responsible for putting together Beverly’s four-state bid to dump nursing homes, each case involving a man named Bruce Whitehead and all similarly designed to get fast cash to the ailing company. A judge later called Beverly and Whitehead “unconscionable” profiteers.
The 1993 Health Care Fiasco – When he was president, Bill Clinton gave Hillary authority over an attempt to reform health care. Nicknamed “Hillarycare,” her leading role in the project was unprecedented for a presidential spouse, and led to legal complaints. Ultimately, with more than 500 people, the President’s Task Force on National Health Care Reform staff was bigger than 99 percent of all businesses in the United States. The reform failed.
According to the General Accounting Office the Clinton administration spent $13 million preparing the doomed health care initiative and another $433,000 defending a lawsuit that challenged the secrecy in which first lady and others assembled the plan. The White House initially predicted the Task Force would cost “below $100,000” but later raised the figure to about $200,000.
The reform failed suggests Vicente Navarro, Professor of Health and Public Policy at Johns Hopkins University, because “the Clinton administration ignored the majority of the country’s progressive forces from the very beginning of its mandate… and committed to perpetuation of the for-profit health insurance system – the primary cause of the country’s inhumane medical care system.”
Nannygate – President Clinton gave Hillary authority over selecting a female attorney general. Her first two selections were Zoe Baird and Kimba Wood – both were forced to withdraw their names from consideration. Baird and her husband had broken the law by employing two illegal aliens from Peru as a nanny and chauffeur for their young child. A month later it was discovered that Wood too had employed an undocumented immigrant to look after her child (though it was legal at the time).
Monica & Paula etc – Paula Jones filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against Bill Clinton in 1994. Monica Lewinsky was one of several women subpoenaed by Jones’s lawyers in an attempt to show that the president had a pattern of becoming sexually involved with employees. In their depositions, Lewinsky and Clinton both denied their affair, leading to perjury allegations. Clinton later explained that he thought the legal definition of “sexual relations” excluded receiving oral sex. The case was settled out of court, with Clinton agreeing to pay Jones $850,000 in 1998.
$80 million dollars of taxpayer money was spent on Ken Starr’s investigation which led to Bill Clinton lying about and later admitting his affairs. It resulted in Bill losing his license to practice law for ‘lying under oath’ to a grand jury and then his subsequent impeachment by the House of Representatives.
Hillary avoided indictment for perjury and obstruction of justice during the Starr investigation by repeating, “I do not recall,” “I have no recollection,” and “I don’t know” a total of 56 times while under oath.
In an interview last year, Linda Tripp, the woman who exposed Monica Lewinsky as Bill Clinton’s mistress, reported: “Hillary Clinton ruled the White House even as early as 1993 and every scandal that originated in the Clinton administration was the brainchild of Hillary.”
After her husband initially denied the Lewinsky relationship, Hillary Clinton blamed the allegations on a “vast right-wing conspiracy.” A memo by a close friend of Hillary Clinton’s, Diane Blair, revealed she referred to Lewinsky as a “narcissistic loony toon.” (CBS News) And “HRC insists it was consensual (was not a power relationship) and was not sex within real meaning of the word,” Blair wrote.
“Hillary Clinton wanted it on record that she was lashing out at her husband’s mistress,” Lewinsky told Vanity Fair this year. “She may have faulted her husband for being inappropriate, but I find her impulse to blame the Woman — not only me, but herself — troubling.”
Hillary Clinton dismissed an accusation made by Gennifer Flowers about an affair with her husband. In an ABC News interview, she called Flowers “some failed cabaret singer who doesn’t even have much of a résumé to fall back on.” She also referred to her as “trailer trash.” Gail Sheehy, a journalist traveling with Hillary in 1992, recalled in a recent interview that Hillary said if she had the chance to cross-examine Flowers, “I would crucify her.” Bill Clinton later acknowledged he had a sex with Flowers.
Former White House press secretary George Stephanopoulos recalled in his memoir discussing a woman’s allegation that her husband dismissed as untrue, that Hillary Clinton said, “We have to destroy her story.”
“She invariably sees him (Bill Clinton) as the victim, preyed upon by a series of female aggressors” (Slate 2008)
Hillary’s friend Diane Blair also revealed: “In 1993, Hillary Clinton derided a group of women who made claims of sexual harassment against Republican senator Bob Packwood, according to Blair. “HC tired of all those whiney women, and she needs him on health care,” wrote Blair of her conversation with Hillary, who was heading up her husband’s ultimately unsuccessful effort to reshape the U.S. health care system.” (New Republic 2014)