History The Clinton Way
JANUARY 26, 2011
Thanks to a notably corrupt first couple today is a shameful day in political history, she barely escaping perjury charges after lying to a federal grand jury and he publicly denying a scandalous affair with a White House intern.Who else could it be if not Bill and Hillary Clinton? On this day in 1996 the nation’s current Secretary of State lied to a grand jury about obstructing justice to cover up an illegal real estate scam known as Whitewater. Orchestrated by Hillary’s Rose Law Firm, the shady Arkansas land scheme essentially bilked the uneducated and elderly.Fifteen years ago Hillary reluctantly spent more than four hours testifying before a federal grand jury investigating how her husband’s White House obstructed justice on her behalf. It marked the first time in history that a First Lady of the United States had been subpoenaed before a grand jury and the only time a First Lady has been subject to a criminal investigation.Turns out the White House “mistakenly overlooked” a trove of incriminating Whitewater records that had been subpoenaed years earlier, but Hillary had no role in the fiasco. We know that because she signed an affidavit to Senate Whitewater investigators stating that she “does not know” how her Rose Law Firm billing records ended up in the White House. The mystery has never been solved.Bill Clinton offered an equally laughable explanation for the lost and found records on national television: “I just would like to ask the American people to take a deep breath, relax, and listen to the First Lady’s answers, because we’ve been through this for over four years now, and every time a set of questions comes up, we answer the questions, and we go on, the American people are satisfied, and they will be again.”Speaking of Bill, on this day in 1998 he delivered his most memorable line as commander-in-chief of the United States: “I did not have sexual relations with that woman.” Pointing his index finger at television cameras, Bill confidently made the statement after the scandal broke that he was having an extramarital affair with a young White House intern named Monica Lewinsky.
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