Let's Compare, Shall We?
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- The only president ever impeached on grounds of personal
- Most number of convictions and guilty pleas by friends and
- Most number of cabinet officials to come under criminal
- Most number of witnesses to flee country or refuse to testify
- Most number of witnesses to die suddenly
- First president sued for sexual harassment.
- First president accused of rape.
- First first lady to come under criminal investigation
- Largest criminal plea agreement in an illegal campaign
- First president to establish a legal defense fund.
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions
- Greatest amount of illegal campaign contributions from abroad
* According to our best information, 40 government officials were
indicted or convicted in the wake of Watergate. A reader computes
that there was a total of 31 Reagan era convictions, including 14
because of Iran-Contra and 16 in the Department of Housing & Urban
Development scandal. 47 individuals and businesses associated with
the Clinton machine were convicted of or pleaded guilty to crimes
with 33 of these occurring during the Clinton administration
itself. There were in addition 61 indictments or misdemeanor
charges. 14 persons were imprisoned. A key difference between the
Clinton story and earlier ones was the number of criminals with
whom he was associated before entering the White House.
Using a far looser standard that included resignations, David R.
Simon and D. Stanley Eitzen in Elite Deviance, say that 138
appointees of the Reagan administration either resigned under an
ethical cloud or were criminally indicted. Curiously Haynes
Johnson uses the same figure but with a different standard in
"Sleep-Walking Through History: America in the Reagan Years: "By
the end of his term, 138 administration officials had been
convicted, had been indicted, or had been the subject of official
investigations for official misconduct and/or criminal violations.
In terms of number of officials involved, the record of his
administration was the worst ever."
- Number of Starr-Ray investigation convictions or guilty pleas to
date (including one governor, one associate attorney general and
two Clinton business partners): 14
- Number of Clinton Cabinet members who came under criminal
- Number of Reagan cabinet members who came under criminal
- 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:
- Number of these convictions during Clinton's presidency: 33
- Number of indictments/misdemeanor charges: 61
- Number of congressional witnesses who have pleaded the Fifth
Amendment, fled the country to avoid testifying, or (in the case
of foreign witnesses) refused to be interviewed: 122
- 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
- Amount Tyson Food paid in fines and court costs: $6 million
CLINTON MACHINE 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
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.
Number of times that Clinton figures who testified in court or
before Congress said that they didn't remember, didn't know, or
Bill Kennedy 116
Harold Ickes 148
Ricki Seidman 160
Bruce Lindsey 161
Bill Burton 191
Mark Gearan 221
Mack McLarty 233
Neil Egglseston 250
Hillary Clinton 250
John Podesta 264
Jennifer O'Connor 343
Dwight Holton 348
Patsy Thomasson 420
Jeff Eller 697
THE CLINTON LEGACY:
Here are some of the all too rare public officials, reporters, and
others who spoke truth to the dismally corrupt power of Bill and
Hill Clinton's political machine -- some at risk to their careers,
others at risk to their lives. A few points to note:
- Those corporatist media reporters who attempted to report the
story often found themselves muzzled; some even lost their jobs.
The only major dailies that consistently handled the story well
were the Wall Street Journal and the Washington Times.
- Nobody on this list has gotten rich and many you may not have
even heard of. Taking on the Clintons typically has not been a
happy or rewarding experience. At least ten reporters have been
fired, transferred off their beats, resigned, or otherwise gotten
into trouble because of their work on the scandals. Whistleblowing
is even less appreciated within the government. One study of
whistleblowers found that 232 out of 233 them reported suffering
retaliation; another study found reprisals in about 95% of cases.
- Contrary to the popular impression, the politics of those listed
ranges from the left to the right, and from the ideological to the
- We have not included victims of the Clinton machine, some of
whom have acted with considerable danger and at considerable risk
to themselves. They will be included on a later list.
MIGUEL RODRIGUEZ was a prosecutor on the staff of Kenneth Starr.
His attempts to uncover the truth in the Vincent Foster death case
were repeatedly foiled and he was the subject of planted stories
undermining his credibility and implying that he was unstable.
Rodriguez eventually resigned.
JEAN DUFFEY: Head of a joint federal-county drug task force in
Arkansas. Her first instructions from her boss: "Jean, you are not
to use the drug task force to investigate any public official."
Duffey's work, however, led deep into the heart of the Dixie
Mafia, including members of the Clinton machine and the
investigation of the so-called "train deaths." Ambrose
Evans-Pritchard reports that when she produced a star witness who
could testify to Clinton's involvement with cocaine, the local
prosecuting attorney, Dan Harmon issued a subpoena for all the
task force records, including "the incriminating files on his own
activities. If Duffey had complied it would have exposed 30
witnesses and her confidential informants to violent retributions.
She refused." Harmon issued a warrant for her arrest and friendly
cops told her that there was a $50,000 price on her head. She
eventually fled to Texas. The once-untouchable Harmon was later
convicted of racketeering, extortion and drug dealing.
BILL DUNCAN: An IRS investigator in Arkansas who drafted some 30
federal indictments of Arkansas figures on money laundering and
other charges. Clinton biographer Roger Morris quotes a source who
reviewed the evidence: "Those indictments were a real slam dunk if
there ever was one." The cases were suppressed, many in the name
of "national security." Duncan was never called to testify. Other
IRS agents and state police disavowed Duncan and turned on him.
Said one source, "Somebody outside ordered it shut down and the
walls went up."
RUSSELL WELCH: An Arkansas state police detective working with
Duncan. Welch developed a 35-volume, 3,000 page archive on drug
and money laundering operations at Mena. His investigation was so
compromised that a high state police official even let one of the
targets of the probe look through the file. At one point, Welch
was sprayed in the face with poison, later identified by the
Center for Disease Control as anthrax. He would write in his
diary, "I feel like I live in Russia, waiting for the secret
police to pounce down. A government has gotten out of control. Men
find themselves in positions of power and suddenly crimes become
legal." Welch is no longer with the state police.
DAN SMALTZ: Smaltz did an outstanding job investigating and
prosecuting charges involving illegal payoffs to Agriculture
Secretary Mike Espy, yet was treated with disparaging and highly
inaccurate reporting by the likes of the David Broder and the NY
Times. Espy was acquitted under a law that made it necessary to
not only prove that he accepted gratuities but that he did
something specific in return. On the other hand, Tyson Foods
copped a plea in the same case, paying $6 million in fines and
serving four years' probation. The charge: that Tyson had
illegally offered Espy $12,000 in airplane rides, football tickets
and other payoffs. In the Espy investigation, Smaltz obtained 15
convictions and collected over $11 million in fines and civil
penalties. Offenses for which convictions were obtained included
false statements, concealing money from prohibited sources,
illegal gratuities, illegal contributions, falsifying records,
interstate transportation of stolen property, money laundering,
and illegal receipt of USDA subsidies. Incidentally, Janet Reno
blocked Smaltz from pursuing leads aimed at allegations of major
drug trafficking in Arkansas and payoffs to the then governor of
the state, WJ Clinton. Espy had become Ag secretary only after
being flown to Arkansas to get the approval of chicken king Don
DAVID SCHIPPERS, was House impeachment counsel and a Chicago
Democrat. He did a highly creditable job but since he didn't fit
the right-wing conspiracy theory, the Clintonista media downplayed
his work. Thus most Americans don't know that he told NewsMax,
"Let me tell you, if we had a chance to put on a case, I would
have put live witnesses before the committee. But the House
leadership, and I'm not talking about Henry Hyde, they just killed
us as far as time was concerned. I begged them to let me take it
into this year. Then I screamed for witnesses before the Senate.
But there was nothing anybody could do to get those Senators to
show any courage. They told us essentially, you're not going to
get 67 votes so why are you wasting our time." Schippers also said
that while a number of representatives looked at additional
evidence kept under seal in a nearby House building, not a single
JOHN CLARKE: When Patrick Knowlton stopped to relieve himself in
Ft. Marcy Park 70 minutes before the discovery of Vince Foster's
body, he saw things that got him into deep trouble. His interview
statements were falsified and prior to testifying he claims he was
overtly harassed by more than a score of men in a classic witness
intimidation technique. In some cases there were witnesses. John
Clarke has been his dogged lawyer in the witness intimidation case
that has been largely ignored by the media, even when the
three-judge panel overseeing the Starr investigation permitted
Knowlton to append a 20 page addendum to the Starr Report.
THE ARKANSAS COMMITTEE: What would later be known as the Vast
Right Wing Conspiracy actually began on the left - as a group of
progressive students at the University of Arkansas formed the
Arkansas Committee to look into Mena, drugs, money laundering, and
Arkansas politics. This committee was the source of some of the
important early Clinton stories.
CLINTON ADMINISTRATION SCANDALS E-LIST: Moderated by Ray Heizer,
this list has been subject to all the idiosyncrasies of Internet
bulletin boards, but it has nonetheless proved invaluable to
researchers and journalists.
JERRY SEPER of the Washington Times was far and away the best beat
reporter of the story, handling it week after week in the best
tradition of investigative journalism. If other reporters had
followed Seper's lead, the history of the Clintons machine might
have been quite different.
AMBROSE EVANS-PRITCHARD of the London Telegraph did a remarkable
job of digging into some of the seamiest tales from Arkansas and
the Clinton past. Other early arrivals on the scene were Alexander
Cockburn and Jeff Gerth.
CHRISTOPHER RUDDY, among other fine reports on the Clinton
scandals, did the best job laying out the facts in the Vince
Foster death case.
ROGER MORRIS AND SALLY DENTON wrote a major expose of events at
Mena, but at the last moment the Washington Post's brass ordered
the story killed. It was published by Penthouse and later included
in Morris' "Partners in Power," the best biography of the
OTHERS who helped get parts of the story out included reporters
Philip Weiss, Carl Limbacher, Wes Phelan, David Bresnahan, William
Sammon, Liza Myers, Mara Leveritt, Matt Drudge, Jim Ridgeway, Nat
Hentoff, Michael Isikoff, Christopher Hitchens, and Michael Kelly.
Also independent investigator Hugh Sprunt and former White House
FBI agent Gary Aldrich.
Sam Smith of the Progressive Review wrote the first book (Shadows
of Hope, University of Indiana Press, 1994) deconstructing the
Clinton myth and the Review developed a major database on the
The Clintons, to adapt a line from Dr. Johnson, were not only
corrupt, they were the cause of corruption in others. Seldom in
America have so many come to excuse so much mendacity and
malfeasance as during the Clinton years. These rare exceptions
cited above, and others unmentioned, deserve our deep thanks.
THE CLINTON LEGACY
The Hidden Election
USA Today calls it "the hidden election," in which nearly 7,000
state legislative seats are decided with only minimal media and
public attention. The paper took brief notice because this is the
year the state legislatures perform their most important national
function: drawing revised congressional districts based on the
most recent census.
But there's another important national story here: further
evidence of the disaster that Bill Clinton has been for the
Democratic Party. According to the National Conference of State
Legislatures, Democrats held a 1,542 seat lead in the state bodies
in 1990. As of last November that lead had shrunk to 288. That's a
loss of over 1,200 state legislative seats, nearly all of them
under Clinton. Across the US, the Democrats control only 65 more
state senate seats than the Republicans.
Further, in 1992, the Democrats controlled 17 more state
legislatures than the Republicans. After November, the Republicans
control one more than the Democrats. Not only is this a loss of 9
legislatures under Clinton, but it is the first time since 1954
that the GOP has controlled more state legislatures than the
Democrats (they tied in 1968).
Here's what happened to the Democrats under Clinton, based on our
- GOP seats gained in House since Clinton became president: 48
- GOP seats gained in Senate since Clinton became president: 8
- GOP governorships gained since Clinton became president: 11
- GOP state legislative seats gained since Clinton became
as of 1998
- State legislatures taken over by GOP since Clinton became
- Democrat officeholders who have become Republicans since Clinton
president: 439 as of 1998
- Republican officeholders who have become Democrats since Clinton
became president: 3
NATIONAL CONF OF STATE LEGISLATURES
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