The Clinton Papers Show Ethically Challenged Administration

The Clinton Papers Show Ethically Challenged Administration

Clinton Library Starts Release of Documents

On Friday the Clinton Library started the release of documents, the Friday Document Dump as it is known. The issues addressed in this particular release include: Monica Lewinsky, about whom we know a great deal; Whitewater; Vince Foster; the Marc Rich pardon, and the White House Travel office, have not been so publically investigated, and have largely been forgotten due to the lack of journalistic integrity. Hillary’s bid to become our next president, makes these issues and more, relevant.  Yet the chances that there will be an interest by the media into answering the questions brought up by these issues,  is close to zero. They will use the asked and answered defense, old news. But there is an entire generation who will be voting who have no knowledge of any of these issues. The Marc Rich pardon is emblematic of the pay to play, elitist attitude taken by the modern Democrat Party and an abuse of power by the Clinton Administration. However, there are other pardons and commutations which call the ethics of the Clintons into question.

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Presidential scholars will have a field day Friday as thousands of previously secret documents from the Clinton White House finally are released. However, it may not be good news for Hillary Clinton, Politico noted, because “at least some of the records pertain to former first lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who’s mulling a bid for the presidency.”

While millions of documents will remain unreleased pending archival processing or because they hold classified information, some of the documents could be eye-openers on past scandals within the Clinton administration. Clinton’s commutation of prison sentences of four New York Hasidic Jews, imprisoned for bilking the U.S. government out of tens of millions of dollars while Hillary Clinton was running for the Senate in New York and had meetings with supporters of the four, likely will be covered in the documents, Politico states. A federal investigation was launched but charges were not filed.

According to Wikipedia:  In 1983 Rich and partner Pincus Green were indicted on 65 criminal counts, including income tax evasion, wire fraud, racketeering, and trading with Iran during the oil embargo (at a time when Iranian revolutionaries were still holding American citizens hostage).[3][9] The charges would have led to a sentence of more than 300 years in prison had Rich been convicted on all counts.[3] The indictment was filed by then-U.S. Federal Prosecutor (and future mayor of New York City) Rudolph Giuliani. At the time it was the biggest tax evasion case in U.S. history.[19]

Hearing of the plans for the indictment, Rich fled[11] to Switzerland and, always insisting that he was not guilty, never returned to the U.S. to answer the charges.[Notes 1]

Clinton’s critics alleged that Rich’s pardon had been bought, as Denise Rich had given more than $1 million[26] to Clinton’s political party (the Democratic Party), including more than $100,000 to the Senate campaign of the president’s wife, Hillary Rodham Clinton, and $450,000 to the Clinton Library foundation during Clinton’s time in office.[22]

 Rich Cashed In a World of Chits to Win Pardon

Alison Leigh Cowan wrote for  NY Times on April 11, 2001

Late last year, a former Mossad agent who works for Marc Rich came to New York on a delicate mission. The retired spy, Avner Azulay, was hoping to enlist Mr. Rich’s estranged former wife, Denise Rich, in a campaign to win a presidential pardon for Mr. Rich, the billionaire businessman. Their divorce in 1996 had been bitter and hard fought, but Mr. Azulay believed the effort to secure a pardon would be doomed without the support of Ms. Rich, a friend of President Bill Clinton and a lavish fund- raiser for the Democratic Party.

The pardon of one of the United States’ most-wanted fugitives, granted in the final hours of the Clinton presidency, is under investigation. Congress and the United States attorney for the Southern District in New York are examining, in particular, whether it was improperly connected to donations from Ms. Rich.

According to Wikipedia: Federal Prosecutor Mary Jo White was appointed to investigate Clinton’s last-minute pardon of Rich.[31] She stepped down before the investigation was finished and was replaced by James Comey, who was critical of Clinton’s pardons and of then-Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder‘s pardon recommendation.[32] Rich’s lawyer, Jack Quinn, had previously been Clinton’s White House Counsel and chief of staff to Clinton’s Vice President, Al Gore, and had had a close relationship with Holder.[23]

According to Quinn, Holder had advised that standard procedures be bypassed and the pardon petition be submitted directly to the White House.[33][Notes 2] Congressional investigations were also launched. Clinton’s top advisors, Chief of Staff John Podesta, White House Counsel Beth Nolan, and advisor Bruce Lindsey, testified that nearly all of the White House staff advising the president on the pardon request had urged Clinton to not grant Rich a pardon.[30]

It is interesting to note that Denise Rich eventually renounced her American citizenship to avoid a very large outstanding tax bill in the US. It is hard to imagine $1.55 million dollars changing hands for any reason other than a pardon paid for in full. Typically, at one point Bill Clinton called the pardon “terrible politics”.



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