FEBRUARY 11, 2008
Hillary Clinton’s frazzled presidential campaign has replaced its manager, a self-described “Latina Queen” and renowned open-borders activist, with a loyal confidant who covered up a suspicious death and orchestrated a fundraising scandal during the Clinton White House years.
Jolted by unexpected losses in key primary states, the New York senator has substituted her longtime friend and “soul sister” (Patti Solis) with a tainted but very trusted Clinton White House blast from the past (Maggie Williams) to run her ailing campaign.
Williams was Clinton’s chief of staff during her tenure as First Lady and she was very well known as a key figure in the powerful Clinton damage control machine when the first couple lived on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Williams helped cover up the scandalous suicide of White House lawyer and longtime Hillary pal Vince Foster by clearing out his office of potentially incriminating documents immediately following the tragic incident. In fact, in 1995 a Secret Service officer swore under oath that he saw Williams leave Foster’s office carrying documents after Foster committed suicide.
Williams also accepted thousands of dollars from a renowned Chinese lobbyist named Johnny Chung in exchange for access to both the first lady and the president. In 1995 Chung walked into Williams’ White House office and handed her a $50,000 check to sit in on the president’s radio address two days later. Chung also donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Democratic Party, which inspired Bill Clinton to push for deals with communist China despite objections from the intelligence community.
A 1998 investigative Senate report on illegal campaign activities detailed how Chung’s contributions bought him unprecedented White House access and how he used that access to further his interests with foreign business clients and to sit in the vestibule of the First Lady’s office. The lengthy report, of course, mentions Maggie Williams since Chung went through her to access the First Lady.
Williams has remained a close friend of the Clinton’s through the years and in 2006 Hillary’s exorbitant Senate reelection campaign expenditures included $40,000 in “consulting fees” for her trusted longtime pal. Even liberals and loyal Democrats expressed outrage at the $36 million the New York senator spent on a race that had weak competition from relatively unknown candidates.
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