Part 2 of a peak behind the curtain at Bill and Hillary Clinton’s extensive history of controversies and scandals begins with one of Hillary’s former law partner buddies Vince Foster.
Vince Foster – Foster was a childhood friend of Bill Clinton’s and a partner of Hillary Clinton’s at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock who joined the White House staff when Clinton became president. He was found dead, in Fort Marcy Park in Virginia, six months into the administration. At the time of his death, Foster was being treated for depression.
The book “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents” suggests an FBI investigation concluded that it was Hillary’s vilification of Foster in front of other White House aides, coming on top of his depression, that triggered his suicide about a week later, according to interview with former FBI agent Coy Copeland and former FBI supervisory agent Jim Clemente.
The White House did not comply with police requests that Foster’s office be immediately sealed following his death. Later that night, police officers sat outside Foster’s office, while White House aides freely went in and out. A Secret Service agent saw Maggie Williams moving Foster’s files to her office. No efforts were made by the Park Police to recover this potential evidence.
Hillary on 20/20 show, January 19, 1996 – There were no documents taken out of Vince Foster’s office on the night he died, and I did not direct anyone to interfere in any investigation.
Secret Service agent Henry O’Neil – (July 1995) She (Williams) was carrying what I would describe in her arms and hands as folders.
The New York Times in August 1994 reported that “The White House said today that it had given a misleading account for months of how senior officials had disposed of files on President Clinton’s Whitewater real estate investment that were found in the office of Vincent W. Foster Jr. after his suicide a year ago. It was the third time since December that officials have acknowledged inaccurate or incomplete explanations of how they dealt with papers in Mr. Foster’s office.
Time magazine reported in March 2016 – “In 1996, after months of work, James Comey, deputy special counsel on the Whitewater Committee, came to some damning conclusions: Hillary Clinton was personally involved in mishandling documents and had ordered others to block investigators as they pursued their case. Worse, her behavior fit into a pattern of concealment: she and her husband had tried to hide their roles in two other matters under investigation by law enforcement. It constituted “a highly improper pattern of deliberate misconduct.”
Webb Hubbell – When governor of Arkansas, Bill appointed Hubbell as Chief Justice of the Arkansas State Supreme Court, and then he was appointed an assistant attorney general under Clinton in 1993. He resigned just before pleading guilty to federal mail fraud and tax evasion for overbilling clients and served 15 months in prison. Hubbell was a law partner with Hillary Clinton.
Travelgate – Associate White House counsel William Kennedy (a former Rose Law Firm partner of Hillary Clinton), White house director of administration David Watkins, and White House aide Patsy Thomasson were accused of fabricating charges against White House Travel Office personnel to have the lucrative business taken over by Clinton friends, Linda Bloodworth Thomason and Harry Thomason. Only one employee, Billy Dale was charged with a crime, and that of mixing personal and White House funds. A jury acquitted him of any crime in less than two hours.
The non-partisan General Accounting Office investigate the firings with the GAO report indicated that the First Lady played a larger role than previously thought before the firings. In March 1994, when the GAO investigated the firings Hillary Clinton’s attorney said, ‘She had no role in the decision to terminate the employees.’ But numerous memos from various White House aides document the first lady’s wishes – ‘We need those people out..,’ ‘we need..our people in.’ On January 5, 1996, a two-year-old memo from White House director of administration David Watkins surfaced that identified Hillary Clinton as the motivating force behind the firings.
In the memo, Watkins gives a detailed account that says the pressure for action came directly from Mrs. Clinton. “Foster regularly informed me that the First Lady was concerned and desired action. The action desired was the firing of the Travel Office staff.” Written in fall 1993, apparently intended for McLarty, the Watkins memo also said “we both know that there would be hell to pay” if “we failed to take swift and decisive action in conformity with the First Lady’s wishes.”
New York Times – “Watkins’s preference was for a gradual reorganization. He would have resisted, he said, but he was afraid of dismissal. In explaining that fear, Mr. Watkins referred to an earlier incident in which he said Mrs. Clinton had become furious over his failure to transfer Secret Service agents whom she blamed for disclosing an unflattering story to a news magazine. “After the Secret Service incident, it was made clear that I must more forcefully and immediately follow the direction of the First Family.” Watkins was fired in 1994 for misusing a chartered helicopter for a golf trip.
The House Government Reform and Oversight Committee issued its majority report on September 18, 1996, in which it accused the Clinton administration of having obstructed the committee’s efforts to investigate the Travelgate scandal. It portrayed Bill Clinton as being heavily involved in the travel office affair, more than any other investigation.
Craig Livingstone – In June 1996, Craig Livingstone, a former bar bouncer who became President Clinton’s head of White House Security was found to have illegally obtained over 900 FBI files of mostly White House personnel from previous Republican administrations. Former White House FBI agent Gary Aldrich later reported that Hillary Clinton hand-picked Livingstone for the security job.
It was Livingston, reported Secret Service officer Bruce Abbott to the Senate Whitewater Committee, and an unidentified man who were seen exiting the closest elevator to Vince Foster’s office carrying a briefcase and a box early on the morning after Foster’s death.
“No one disputes that Mr. Livingstone was remarkably unsuited for the sensitive job of running an office that dealt, day in and day out, with confidential personnel files from the F.B.I.,” noted The New York Times. “Mr. Livingstone was hired even though he had no experience in law enforcement or in managing an office.”
The diaries of former Clinton White House advisor Dick Morris’ call girl, Sherry Rowlands, noted that Morris described Mrs Clinton as the prime mover in the scandal when confidential FBI personnel files on leading Republicans were taken to the White House. “It was Hillary,” Morris replied when Miss Rowlands asked who was to blame for the scandal. “She ordered them. She’s a paranoid lady; she did it.”
Morris was fired after the Star tabloid revealed his longtime relationship with prostitute Sherry Rowlands. He gave a sworn statement to House investigators, denying telling Rowlands that Hillary Clinton had ordered the collection of FBI files on hundreds of Republicans.
Morris also told a grand jury that what he dubbed the “Nixonian” secret police “stems more from Hillary Clinton than from Bill.” He infuriated the president by speculating about the first lady on a Los Angeles radio show – that perhaps Clinton’s amorous behavior could be explained by a frosty marriage. (The Washington Post)
In his latest book Morris calls Mrs. Clinton an “enabler,” likening the former first lady to battered women who stay in abusive marriages.