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Dems try to kill Clinton probe
NY Daily News ^ | JAMES GORDON MEEK

Posted on 04/21/2005 11:14:33 AM PDT by Republican Red

WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are quietly trying to kill a 10-year legal probe that implicates several senior Clinton administration appointees for obstruction of justice, the Daily News has learned.

The Democrats, saying that the $21 million investigation by Independent Counsel David Barrett should have ended long ago, succeeded in attaching an amendment to a spending bill Tuesday to cut off his funding by June 1.

But two sources close to the investigation said that if the legislation becomes law, it will thwart Barrett from making public a final report that names senior officials in the Clinton Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service who allegedly buried a tax fraud case involving former cabinet member Henry Cisneros.

"It's about obstruction of justice," said one of the sources. "People are willing to take drastic actions to kill this report."

Sen. Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.), who introduced the amendment with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.), said last week that the disgraced HUD secretary paid a $10,000 fine in 1999 for lying to the FBI and that then-President Bill Clinton pardoned Cisneros, so the probe "should have ended years ago."

Barrett's probe began in 1995 by looking into allegations that Cisneros, who was Clinton's secretary of Housing and Urban Development, lied to the FBI about payments to his mistress. It expanded years ago into a broader obstruction case involving alleged tax fraud, according to the sources.

The report will allege that Justice Department officials snuffed out a tax case against Cisneros and that the IRS sometimes audited Clinton critics without good cause.

Barrett's investigation was wrapped up two years ago, and his 400-page final report was submitted to a three-judge panel last August, said two sources.

Because those named in the report have until the end of June to refute Barrett's findings, Kerry and Dorgan's amendment would prevent its release.


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Rush Limbaugh was just discussing this article. I searched and didn't see it posted.

He thinks the Dems are trying to bury this investigation because it will implicate some big Clinton administration people and in the process embarrass Hillary.

Whatever is in the report is trying to be kept secret.

1 posted on 04/21/2005 11:14:33 AM PDT by Republican Red
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To: Republican Red

I love seeing the words "probe" and "Clinton" in the same sentence.


2 posted on 04/21/2005 11:15:25 AM PDT by RushCrush (Blind Rushbot- Waiting for instructions from the Maha.)
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To: Republican Red; cyncooper; Mo1; prairiebreeze

I was swimming and listening to Rush discuss this today...I missed parts of it but the very fact that Dorgan and Kerry are trying to insert the legislation in another bill speaks volumes.


3 posted on 04/21/2005 11:19:36 AM PDT by Peach (The Clintons have pardoned more terrorists than they ever killed or captured.)
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To: RushCrush

>>I love seeing the words "probe" and "Clinton" in the same sentence.<<

Whoa. . .really. . .I get the "willies"

;-)


4 posted on 04/21/2005 11:21:12 AM PDT by Gunrunner2
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To: Republican Red

Fear not liberals. The other faction of your "Two-Party Cartel" will buckle under. You are safe as all socialist in congress are.


5 posted on 04/21/2005 11:21:44 AM PDT by Digger
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To: Republican Red

I heard Rush & was looking for this too... thanks


6 posted on 04/21/2005 11:22:14 AM PDT by lunarbicep (Always drink upstream from the herd.)
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To: Republican Red; All

Makes me wonder why Hillary has been calling for more border control.. Me thinks she is hiding something..


7 posted on 04/21/2005 11:23:46 AM PDT by KevinDavis (Let the meek inherit the Earth, the rest of us will explore the stars!)
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To: Republican Red
Berger was destroying evidence of Clintons' (plural) filth and corruption. All loyal Clintonista sewer dwellers can be relied on to do the same. To them, this means disversion as well as outright criminality.

This might be the reason for the pressure on DeLay; they're working on a swap.

Investigations of Willie's crimes will eventually get to where he received Iraqi oil voucher money and will tie Willie into the connection between OBL/9-11 and Iraq/Saddam. If there was corruption in the late '90s, Hillie and Willie were involved!!

8 posted on 04/21/2005 11:25:19 AM PDT by Tacis ( SEAL THE FRIGGEN BORDER!!!)
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To: Republican Red
NewsMax:

Thursday, April 21, 2005 9:34 a.m. EDT

Hillary Moneyman Secretly Taped

A relative of an "extremely well-known" Democrat is set to testify in the upcoming trial of Hillary Clinton's former finance chairman David Rosen.

This "well-known" Democrat secretly tape-recorded Rosen in a bid to get incriminating evidence about an August 2000 Hollywood fund-raiser for Hillary Clinton and her Senate campaign.

Court documents obtained by the New York Sun say that while the informant's identity is being kept secret, "The CW [confidential witness] is related to an extremely prominent and well-known political figure. It can be expected that the fact that CW was working in an undercover capacity for the FBI will become the subject of intense media attention."

Mr. Rosen, who pleaded not guilty in February to a four-count indictment based on allegations that he filed false reports about the Clinton fund-raiser, is scheduled to go on trial in Los Angeles on May 3.

FBI agent David Smith - who's been handling the Clinton case since its inception - said the mystery informant began cooperating in July 2002.

Papers obtained by the Sun reveal that the bombshell witness is a Democrat insider.

"The CW states that s/he is active in fundraising for the Democratic Party. CW assisted in the U.S. Senate campaign of Hillary Clinton. S/he was involved in the planning of the Clinton Gala," agent Smith wrote in January 2003.

The court documents offer no clue as to whether the confidential witness also tried to wiretap Mrs. Clinton.

Witness: FBI Sought Hillary Tap

However another key witness in the case, Hollywood fund-raiser Aaron Tonken, says in his book "King of Cons" that he agreed to try to tape the former first lady's phone calls at agent Smith's request.

But by the time of Smith's request, said Tonken, team Clinton was aware he was part of the investigation into the August 2000 event and avoided taking his calls.

A source familiar with the case told the Sun that the confidential witness is not related to either Bill or Hillary Clinton.

9 posted on 04/21/2005 11:31:57 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: Republican Red

I actually agree with the dems on this one. Ten years is long enough to figure out a corruption case. If you can't do it in that time you're not going to.


10 posted on 04/21/2005 11:33:45 AM PDT by tjg
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To: TexasCajun

Lets see the WSJ tut-tut this one.


11 posted on 04/21/2005 11:34:24 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: Republican Red

Oh Please! put Bill Clinton in jail. I'd quit smoking, lay off rye whiskey and quit being a peeping Tom.


12 posted on 04/21/2005 11:35:05 AM PDT by sandydipper (Less government is best government!)
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To: tjg

Sounds to me like the investigation finished last AUgust but the commission is required to give all involved time to rebutt any findings. That's why they have the June 1 date for killing the commission. The report will be ready June 30.

Don't you think the report should be made public?


13 posted on 04/21/2005 11:36:29 AM PDT by Republican Red (DU: ''Reality sucks. That's the problem. We want another reality.'')
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To: Republican Red

Sooner or later, one of these investigations is going to lead to the schlickmeister himself. Any idea who the "several senior [c]linton administration appointees" implicated for obstruction of justice are?


14 posted on 04/21/2005 11:47:31 AM PDT by cloud8 (hyvää paivää!)
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To: Peach
The Democrats, saying that the $21 million investigation by Independent Counsel David Barrett should have ended long ago, succeeded in attaching an amendment to a spending bill Tuesday to cut off his funding by June 1.

~snip~

Barrett's investigation was wrapped up two years ago, and his 400-page final report was submitted to a three-judge panel last August, said two sources.

Because those named in the report have until the end of June to refute Barrett's findings, Kerry and Dorgan's amendment would prevent its release.

~snip~

So the investigation has in fact wrapped up and now this timing scheme has been cooked up to bury it.

I don't understand how cutting off his funding buries the report. It's done. I suppose it means he'd be unable to respond to the targets' refutation?

Can someone explain better why this cut-off of funding buries a report that's complete and submitted?

15 posted on 04/21/2005 12:00:30 PM PDT by cyncooper
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To: TexasCajun
U.S. Defends Sealing Charges Against Former Hillary Rodham Clinton Aide David Rosen

3/02/05

Federal prosecutors are battling attempts to dismiss their criminal case against Hillary Rodham Clinton's former fund-raising director, claiming in a court motion that they kept the indictment of him secret for more than a year to protect the identity of a witness cooperating in a separate investigation.

The defendant, David Rosen, is charged with failing to report in-kind contributions and producing a false invoice in connection with an Aug. 12, 2000, fund-raiser for Mrs. Clinton, according to an indictment unsealed in January. He has pleaded not guilty.

The government's motion, filed in federal court in Los Angeles on Monday, was in response to papers filed in February by Mr. Rosen's lawyer arguing that the case should be dismissed because the government had no justifiable reason for sealing the indictment until January and because it had erroneously brought the charges in California rather than in Washington, where the campaign finance reports were filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The papers also said that Mr. Rosen's indictment cited a law that applies to false statements made to a government agency, and the F.E.C. is not one.

Paul Mark Sandler, Mr. Rosen's lawyer, said yesterday, "We've received the government's replies and we're reviewing them closely."

Bryan Sierra, a spokesman for the Department of Justice, would not comment on the case.

The government's motion gave little indication of the nature of the other investigation or the identity of the witness. One cause for the delay may have been efforts to reach an agreement with an organizer of the fund-raiser, Peter Paul, to be a witness in the case. Mr. Paul's role would be complicated by stock fraud charges pending against him in connection with Stan Lee Media, a failed Internet company that he co-founded.

~snip~

16 posted on 04/21/2005 12:06:39 PM PDT by cyncooper
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To: cyncooper
I was thinking this Peter Paul was the Confidential Witness/Informant?

This makes it sounds like it's someone else? ...should be very, very interesting!

Let's just watch to see if our Girly-Men representatives and senators roll over on this one! ...sissy girls included Kay!

17 posted on 04/21/2005 12:16:18 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: sandydipper

Me too. And I'd quit swearing too.....


18 posted on 04/21/2005 12:20:41 PM PDT by b4its2late (Being "over the hill" is much better than being under it!)
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To: TexasCajun
It is someone else:

Clinton Case Mystery

The NY Sun

Apr 21, 2005

excerpt:

Two men who were involved in staging the costly and star-studded August 2000 fund-raiser for Mrs. Clinton, Peter Paul and Aaron Tonken, said yesterday they were baffled by the FBI's description of a person who was "involved in planning of the Clinton Gala" and related to a top political figure.

~snip~

I highly recommend reading the entire Sun article.

19 posted on 04/21/2005 12:21:08 PM PDT by cyncooper
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To: Republican Red

Jail, Jsil, Jail....chant with me.


20 posted on 04/21/2005 12:21:25 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: sandydipper

and, I also would quit smoking, lay off the cheap white chablis, and pray endlessly for all enemies, foreign and domestic.

Maybe if all us sinners went before congress and swore an oath on the Bible to reform, you think they'd pay attention?

(isn't this where I am sposed to put in something about sarcasm?)


21 posted on 04/21/2005 12:24:28 PM PDT by jacquej
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To: sandydipper

I'd quit smoking but I'm not giving up my Wild Turkey 101.


22 posted on 04/21/2005 12:26:18 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Caution. Contents under pressure.)
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To: Republican Red

If the GOP rolls over on this we can blame them for any success hitlery has in her political future.


23 posted on 04/21/2005 12:26:54 PM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: bmwcyle

Waht is Jsil?


24 posted on 04/21/2005 12:27:16 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Caution. Contents under pressure.)
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To: Republican Red
The $21 million investigation by Independent Counsel David Barrett should have ended long ago.

I want justice as much as anyone, but this investigation won't do diddly to remove the clintons. My tax dollars, your tax dollars, wasted, as usual. Sigh....

25 posted on 04/21/2005 12:27:16 PM PDT by ScreamingFist (Peace through Ignorance)
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To: bmwcyle

What is waht?


26 posted on 04/21/2005 12:28:10 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Caution. Contents under pressure.)
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To: Conspiracy Guy

What is Waht?


27 posted on 04/21/2005 12:28:21 PM PDT by ru4liberty (I don't know what tomorrow holds, but I know Who holds tomorrow. May His Name ever be praised!)
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To: ru4liberty

I caught it right as I hit POST


28 posted on 04/21/2005 12:29:07 PM PDT by Conspiracy Guy (Caution. Contents under pressure.)
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To: ru4liberty

typing quickly


29 posted on 04/21/2005 12:29:20 PM PDT by bmwcyle (Washington DC RINO Hunting Guide)
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To: Republican Red
Not surprising; the Clinton administration was one of the most disgusting performances we have ever seen in the Oval Office, and a national shame that will require many years to efface.

Of course, in the hall of shame we can still see that President Carter is still buffing his case for worst disaster on foreign policy in our nation's history, a position for which he still jockeys with President Clinton.

30 posted on 04/21/2005 12:29:35 PM PDT by snowsislander
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To: RushCrush

That scared me, speaking for myself.


31 posted on 04/21/2005 12:30:31 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: sandydipper

"Oh Please! put Bill Clinton in jail. I'd quit smoking, lay off rye whiskey and quit being a peeping Tom."

Let's not get carried away!


32 posted on 04/21/2005 12:31:40 PM PDT by toddlintown (Can I quote you?)
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To: TexasCajun

Wait. Please tell me what will happen to this amendment. Can it be stopped?

Could you please ping me if there is any more information. I can't stay now.

Thanks.


33 posted on 04/21/2005 12:31:52 PM PDT by Kay
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To: b4its2late

That's funny cuz Clinton was the source of 90% of my swearing.


34 posted on 04/21/2005 12:34:06 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: TexasCajun
The "cooperating witness", whose identity is secret, is
described as "a democrat fund raiser, related to a prominent
democrat political figure"
. Could get interesting.
35 posted on 04/21/2005 12:34:48 PM PDT by MamaLucci (Mutually assured destruction STILL keeps the Clinton administration criminals out of jail.)
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To: snowsislander

But Clinton wins in the versatility dept. The worst he could be in so many areas.....


36 posted on 04/21/2005 12:36:02 PM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: Republican Red

I hope this report busts the Clintons' illegable habits wide open.

Of course, we all know it will be right-wing conspiracy.

In Barbara Olsen's book on Hillary, Olsen exposed Hillary's battle strategy of always putting the blame on the opposition.


37 posted on 04/21/2005 12:37:10 PM PDT by peacebaby (I have hope.)
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To: toddlintown

Leading story on CBS and CNN right? SARCASM/OFF


38 posted on 04/21/2005 12:38:35 PM PDT by Sybeck1
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To: Republican Red
I have yet so see one republican that has been interviewed on Tom Delay bring up Hillary's Campaign Manager's indictment!

"Why not ask "What did Hillary Know and When did She Know it!"

Why does our side always act like losers?

39 posted on 04/21/2005 12:40:06 PM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: sandydipper
Oh Please! put Bill Clinton in jail. I'd quit smoking, lay off rye whiskey and quit being a peeping Tom.

I woundn't throw away your lighter, hip flask or spy glasses quite yet if I were you.

40 posted on 04/21/2005 12:40:39 PM PDT by rhombus
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To: cyncooper
First Lady Launches Fund-Raising Race

I've been doing a bit of research.....did you know that Terry McAuliffe was in charge of launching Hillary!'s Senate campaign fundraising apparatus? I sure didn't (or forgot).

41 posted on 04/21/2005 12:41:19 PM PDT by MamaLucci (Mutually assured destruction STILL keeps the Clinton administration criminals out of jail.)
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To: tjg
Ten years is long enough to figure out a corruption case.

"It's about obstruction of justice" One of the sources said"

So, if they can obstruct justice long enough they are home free?

42 posted on 04/21/2005 12:42:02 PM PDT by Michael.SF.
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To: Republican Red

thanks.


43 posted on 04/21/2005 12:42:48 PM PDT by ken21 (if you didn't see it on tv, then it didn't happen. /s)
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To: Republican Red

Damn.....just use the RATS tactic and LEAK some of this report NOW!


44 posted on 04/21/2005 12:43:40 PM PDT by Eagle of Liberty ("Science without religion is lame; religion without science is blind." —Albert Einstein)
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To: RushCrush

"I love seeing the words "probe" and "Clinton" in the same sentence."

"probe" + "Clinton" = Good
"Probe" + "Clinton" + "Monica" = Bad


45 posted on 04/21/2005 12:45:06 PM PDT by ClintonBeGone (In politics, sometimes it's OK for even a Wolverine to root for a Buckeye win.)
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To: cyncooper
"Can someone explain better why this cut-off of funding buries a report that is complete and submitted?"

If it is a complete cutoff without provision for wrap up and orderly termination, then no funds could be use to answer questions, respond to correspondence, print or distribute a report. As ridiculous as it may sound, anyone being paid from the investigation appropriation would be in violation of the law to even respond to a question.

46 posted on 04/21/2005 12:46:18 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: Republican Red

We have to keep Billary's feet to the fire. Where do we donate to keep this case going ?


47 posted on 04/21/2005 12:46:55 PM PDT by Deetes (Speak Softly and Carry a Big Stick)
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To: Republican Red
The Democrats, saying that the $21 million investigation by Independent Counsel David Barrett should have ended long ago, succeeded in attaching an amendment to a spending bill Tuesday to cut off his funding by June 1.

Why, perchance, did the Pubbies, who have a 55 to 45 majority in the Senate, allow these two obstructors of justice to attach this amendment? Now, of all times, when the DemonRats are running wild with the Bolton character assassination and the serial character assassinations of Bush's judicial nominees, is ABSOLUTELY NOT the time to allow such an amendment. WHERE, IN THEIR NAME OF HEAVEN, IS THE PUBBIES' BACKBONE?

48 posted on 04/21/2005 12:47:54 PM PDT by libstripper
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To: tjg

> I actually agree with the dems on this one. Ten years is long enough...

According to the article..."Barrett's investigation was wrapped up two years ago."

So it took eight years and $21M. Time and money well spent if it leads to charges against the most corrupt administration in history. Kenneth Starr's investigation should have ended in a conviction.

Think the bloggers will get ahold of this one? :)


49 posted on 04/21/2005 12:49:02 PM PDT by cloud8 (hyvää paivää!)
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To: Republican Red

This will never see the light of day.


50 posted on 04/21/2005 12:49:14 PM PDT by truthkeeper (Yeah, I have a 1998 signup date. So?)
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