April 1, 2008

Dems 2008: Clinton impeded Watergate investigation, withheld information from Congress [Karl]

At HotAir, Ed Morrissey is flagging a column by Dan Calabrese, in which Jerry Zeifman — chief counsel to the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate hearings — says that Hillary Clinton conspired to deny Richard Nixon counsel during the hearings and suppressed files showing that in the committee recently had afforded the right to counsel to Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas.

If I was Clinton spinmeister Lanny Davis, I would point out that this is not “new news.”  Zeifman wrote the same thing in the New York Post on August 16, 1999.  He also said in 1996 that Hillary withheld from the committee a report she had prepared on the prior misconduct of prior presidents; that report was later sold for profit.  The same allegations appear in David Brock’s The Seduction of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Of course, if I was Clinton spinmeister Lanny Davis, I likely would not repeat those details, just the fact that the allegations are not new.  I would also avoid noting that — aside from the fact that Zeifman contemporaneously kept a diary of much of the above –  such articles show that he was making these claims more than a decade before Hillary started running for the presidency.

Then again, if I was Lanny Davis, I would know that Clintonian über-spin stopped working a couple of months ago.

Update: I just noticed that Dan flagged this also.  Having just done this to CraigC last Friday, I would say in my defense this time that the Dan link is a bit oblique.  Sufficiently so that his post did not make Memeorandum, which I checked before writing this one.

Posted by Karl @ 8:48pm
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Comments (21)

  1. She did it . . . for the children . . . and under sniper fire . . . while crying – because she just cares too much.

  2. Great. It’s normal for politicians to dissemble, but this woman appears to be a pathological liar, perhaps even a non-violent sociopath.

    Which would explain why she has stayed with her Narcissistic PD husband: her feelings weren’t hurt by the affairs because she doesn’t have normal human feelings to begin with.

    Look, with politicians, you have to assume a personality disorder first, then look for “tells” that you’re wrong.

  3. It takes a village to spin Hillary’s history.

  4. Lanny Davis?

    He is the sweat slime that exists on all small ponds, and a Paul Begala (The Forehead) wanna-be.

    Excuse me while I clean the vomit off of my floor.

    Begala and Davis are two of the most untruthful, loathesome creatures who have ever existed.

  5. It’s normal for politicians to dissemble, but this woman appears to be a pathological liar, perhaps even a non-violent sociopath.

    It’d be more fun is she were a violent sociopath. Is there such a thing, or do you just go straight to psycopath? It could be like the Webelos of anti-social behavior, where you’re this close to becoming fully psycho, you just need to get a couple more arrowheads.

  6. It takes a village to spin Hillary’s history.

    Bill’s too. It’s really amazing how much the media has turned on her, and I think it’s inescapable that they’ve heedlessly tarnished him along the way to push Baracky by how they’ve shifted the Hillary narrative. I don’t get that, other than as a measure of how invested they are in a Baracky victory. It’s heartening to me to think on how really deeply devastating a McCain victory could be for them.

  7. - One thing is certain. Judging from the condition of her and Bills political gym lockers, historians are going to have an absolute candy factory of solicitous intrigue to mine for decades to come, and since she has zero chance at the nomination at this point, synchophants like Davis are in total panic mode. When the Clintons slide off the turntable, a whole gaggle of minions will be looking for burger cook jobs, including the chief Berger himself.

  8. But its ok – Fred Thompson would tell you so – because it’s Democrats – and it is vital to the TWO PARTY SYSTEM that we allow the Socialists FULL REIGN in America. And since their participation OBVIOUSLY cannot be done with integrity or fiduciary faithfulness to responsibilities, as any good Stalinist can tell you…

    (I say this regarding Thompson, because of his work chairing the Senate committee – assigned because of his Watergate Prosecutorial credentials – to investigate the Chinese Govt donations to the Clintons’ campaign funds — and because of his vote that Bill Clinton was NOT GUILTY of Perjury Unto Removal From Office after his IMPEACHMENT, no doubt influencing others with his Watergate Prosecutor credentials to follow with him in that vote.)

  9. If *I* was Clinton spinmeister Lanny Davis, I’d step in front of an oncoming bus.

    The guy is a complete suckweasel.

  10. She got fired from her job re Watergate, right?

  11. That didn’t quite come out right. She was fired because she was a liar while working on that committee, right?

  12. Yep, it’s in the article – that seems the most significant issue to me – old news or not. Fired, no recommendation…

  13. So she and Bill really are meant for each other.This is the Clinton lagacy.

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  15. It was not until two months after Nixon’s resignation that I first learned of still another
    questionable role of Hillary. On Sept. 26, 1974, Rep. Charles Wiggins, a
    Republican member of the committee, wrote to ask Chairman Rodino to look into “a
    troubling set of events.” That spring, Wiggins and other committee members had
    asked “that research should be undertaken so as to furnish a standard against
    which to test the alleged abusive conduct of Richard Nixon.” And, while “no such
    staff study was made available to the members at any time for their use,” Wiggins
    had just learned that such a study had been conducted – at committee expense – by
    a team of professors who completed and filed their reports with the impeachment-
    inquiry staff well in advance of our public
    hearings.

    The report was kept secret from members of Congress. But after the impeachment-
    inquiry staff was disbanded, it was published commercially and sold in book stores.
    Wiggins wrote: “I am especially troubled by the possibility that information deemed
    essential by some of the members in their discharge of their responsibilities may
    have been intentionally suppressed by the staff during the course our investigation.”
    He was also concerned that staff members may have unlawfully received royalties
    from the book’s publisher.

    On Oct. 3, Rodino wrote back: “Hillary Rodham of the impeachment-inquiry staff
    coordinated the work. The staff did not think the manuscript was useful in its present
    form.” No effort was ever made to ascertain whether or not Hillary or any other
    person on the committee staff received royalties.

    Time for a “Checkers” speech ?

  16. And what about the fact she (Hillary) couldn’t even pass the D.C. bar? Had to go backwoods (Arkansas) to do that…

  17. It’s heartening to me to think on how really deeply devastating a McCain victory could be for them.

    Oh man, ‘feets. Eight years of BDS and now you’re looking forward to eight more of McCDS? I’m gettin’ a little tired of wiping the spittle off my glasses myself. Guess I should get used to it, huh? After all, there’s got to be some up-side to a McC presidency.

  18. Wiggins had just learned that such a study had been conducted – at committee expense – by a team of professors who completed and filed their reports with the impeachment-inquiry staff well in advance of our public hearings.

    The report was kept secret from members of Congress. But after the impeachment-inquiry staff was disbanded, it was published commercially and sold in book stores.

    He was also concerned that staff members may have unlawfully received royalties from the book’s publisher. [emphasis added]

    Oh Lordy. What’s the statute of limitations on misappropriation of government property? This seems a bit more serious than stealing the Whitehouse silver.

  19. And what about the fact she (Hillary) couldn’t even pass the D.C. bar? Had to go backwoods (Arkansas) to do that…

    Well, obviously she was bright enough to figure out all the exceptions to the incest rules.. [Rimshot. Thud. Sound of body being dragged off-stage.]

  20. Considering that both Accuracy in Media & Accuracy in Academia are Hillary Clinton creatures, it’s a wonder Mr. Zeifman ever got his account of firing Hillary into the light of day. As you may know, Jerry Zeifman fired Hillary for her misconduct during the Watergate Investigation. Zeifman’s story is important. Not only does it go to character, it goes to a lifelong pattern of lying and obfuscation on the part of Hillary Clinton. And, it took Zeifman twelve-years to get it aired. A candidate must be vetted; before being elected or appointed to a position of trust; and it is this awareness, to which every white-collar criminal fine-tunes his or her antenna. The things I have learned about Bill Clinton and Hillary Rodham during the Watergate Investigation have proven consistent. They are in fact true. Word of mouth may travel only so far, but should anyone doubt Mr. Zeifman’s veracity regarding Hillary Clinton: http://theseedsof9-11.com

  21. yes let us go back to watergate it is time to find out the truth of the bay of pigs thing and GHWB CIA operative in 1963 (JFK} if GOP wasn,t worried about this You can bet we would,ve heard alot more about Clinton and watergate BRING IT ON

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