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 For Immediate Release
Feb 22, 1999 Contact: Press Office


Filegate Civil Lawsuit Expected to Reach Trial In Year 2000

Hillary Rodham Clinton, who is considering a run for the U.S. Senate, is a defendant in two Judicial Watch lawsuits concerning Chinagate and Filegate. Hillary Clinton has been termed the "mastermind of Filegate." She is a defendant in the $90 million civil lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch on behalf of the 900 staffers from the Reagan and Bush Administration whose FBI files were illegally obtained and misused by the Clinton White House. Hillary Clinton is also a defendant in the shareholder lawsuit brought by Judicial Watch against Loral and others over, in part, the sale of taxpayer-financed trade missions in exchange for campaign contributions. One of these trade missions went to China, and led to many of the technology transfers now in question.

In Filegate, 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.

And in Chinagate/Loral, uncontroverted sworn testimony by Nolanda Hill, a confidant of the late Ron Brown, indicates that Mrs. Clinton conceived of the scheme to sell seats U.S. Department of Commerce international trade missions in exchange for campaign contributions to the DNC and Clinton-Gore.

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."

"A potential candidacy shouldn't distract the media from Mrs. Clinton's numerous scandals," stated Larry Klayman, Judicial Watch Chairman. "Judicial Watch won't be distracted. Nor will the courts."

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