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 For Immediate Release
Feb 15, 1999 Contact: Press Office


Mrs. Clinton is Defendant in $90 Million Filegate Suit

Hillary Rodham Clinton, who reportedly is considering a run for the U.S. Senate, is deeply embroiled in the Filegate scandal. She is a defendant in the $90 million civil lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch on behalf of those 900 staffers from the Reagan and Bush Administration whose FBI files were illegally obtained and misused by the Clinton White House.

Sworn testimony and documentary evidence indicates she hired Craig Livingstone, the former bar bouncer who helped obtain the FBI files for the Clinton White House. Testimony indicates that Mrs. Clinton directed the uploading of FBI files into a White House database, so that the FBI files information could be shared with the Democratic National Committee.

Mrs. Clinton has also been tied to Travelgate, which involved the illegal use of the FBI and FBI files to cover up the political firings of the White House Travel Office employees in 1993. In her Judicial Watch deposition in Filegate case, Linda Tripp testified that the "order" to fire the Travel Office staff was seen "in handwriting on a memo in Mrs. Clinton's hand signed HRC, which said, we need our people out, out underlined -- we need these people out, out underlined, we need our people in, in underlined, HRC." Ms. Tripp testified that the writing was on the upper-right hand corner of memo that had the names of the late Vince Foster and former White House Associate Counsel William Kennedy.

Tripp also testified that she saw a file labeled "Dale" (as in Billy Ray Dale, the former head of the Travel Office) on Foster's desk shortly after a meeting in his office on the Travel Office. She understood this file to be Billy Ray Dale's FBI file. Shortly after Tripp saw the "Dale" file, Dale and the other Travel Office employees were fired.

"Mrs. Clinton may decide to run for the Senate," said Larry Klayman, Chairman of Judicial Watch. "But given Mrs. Clinton's involvement in the Filegate scandal, both her potential Democratic and Republican opponents ought to keep tabs on their FBI files."

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