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 For Immediate Release
Aug 20, 1999 Contact: Press Office


Conservatives Cannot Practice Double Standard

(Washington, August 20) George W. Bush has not yet been shown to have done anything wrong, but his "dodges and weaves" in answering legitimate questions about alleged cocaine use - which would be a crime if true - makes him look guilty. As a possible future chief law enforcement officer of this country, he must answer these questions. There is no room for slick responses.

The Washington Times editorial of today, demanding that Mr. Bush "come clean," was courageous and correct. "Few, if any, liberal publications took a principled position early on with Bill Clinton, before the nation later learned of its ‘Clinton Problem,'" stated Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman.

"Judicial Watch has, since its inception in 1994, maintained that if conservatives are to have the moral, ethical and legal authority to lead, they must keep their own house in order first," added Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. "This is why we were among the first to call for the resignation of Newt Gingrich, who was forced to admit bringing discredit on the House. Now with the recent reports by Matt Drudge that Gingrich committed other indiscretions in the hallowed halls of the Capitol, Judicial Watch's initial position has been confirmed," stated Klayman.

Judicial Watch does not take any position on political elections; but it must put its foot down and demand answers to legitimate questions about illegal drug use by a potential future chief law enforcement officer.

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