Tell me it aint true, Buddy....

A.C. Szul mack97 at EROLS.COM
Thu Dec 18 22:30:54 MST 1997


JUDGE: WHITE HOUSE LIED ABOUT HILLARY HEALTH PANEL

In a sharply worded opinion, a federal judge said Thursday that White
House
and Justice Department lawyers lied to him while trying to fend off
litigation against Hillary Clinton's health-care task force, reports
SCRIPPS
HOWARD on Friday.  Reporter Michael Hedges:  "U.S. District Judge Royce
Lamberth ordered the Clinton administration to pay $286,000 to a group
that
sued the government, the American Association of Physicians and Surgeons
--
money that will come from taxpayers."

Lamberth wrote:  "The Executive Branch of the government ...was
dishonest
with this  court, and the government must now face the consequences of
its
misconduct.  It is a sad day when this court must conclude ... that the
Justice Department succumbed to pressure from White House attorneys and
others to provide this court with strained interpretations that were
ultimately unconvincing... It seems that some government officials never
learn that the cover-up can be worse than the underlying conduct. Most
shocking to this court, and deeply disappointing, is that the Department
of
Justice would participate in such conduct."

The doctors' group sued the White House in February 1993, seeking to
open up
HRC's health task-force meetings to the public.  Chair Magaziner claimed
in
a sworn court memo, prepared by lawyers in the White House counsel's
office,
that the closed deliberations were legal because all members of the
group
were full-time government employees simply doing their jobs.  It
eventually
became clear to the judge that many of the 650 fixers were not, in fact,
federal employees...

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The WH?!?! Shocking!  Naw.....tell me it aint true Buddy...

Regards,
-A
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