Skip to comments.Rush Limbaugh: Clinton/Cisneros Cover-Up Fails
Posted on 05/05/2005 6:02:29 PM PDT by wagglebee
This goes back maybe two weeks ago. There was an attempt in a piece of Senate legislation to shelve forever a scandal involving the IRS and Henry Cisneros and a number of other things. Well, enough attention was called to this that it has failed, the effort to cover it up has failed. (story) "A Senate rider inserted in an emergency appropriations bill in the dead of the night, which would close a rare window into political foul play at the Internal Revenue Service, was quietly removed Tuesday in Senate-House negotiations. That offers full disclosure of a major scandal that has been percolating for a decade. The rider would have de-funded the investigation begun in 1995 of then-Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros by Independent Counsel David Barrett. The amendment was sponsored by three highly influential Democrats, purportedly to stop leakage of federal money in a run-on program and end persecution of a no-longer-prominent Democratic politician. In fact, Barrett's investigation is the first independent probe, with subpoena power, of the IRS... The report, described as 400 pages long with over 2,000 footnotes, is sealed by court order. So are Barrett's lips. But enough has leaked from sources familiar with its content to suggest political dynamite. Sources indicate an IRS whistle-blower contends the tax fraud investigation was transferred from a regional office to Washington, where the IRS and the Justice Department suffocated it. That raises the question of whether Cisneros, then a rising Democratic star, was improperly protected by Clinton administration officials." By the way, this might also involve Mrs. Clinton. "The investigation has been so protracted because of delaying motions by the Williams & Connolly firm, attorneys for Bill and Hillary Clinton. These lawyers, headed by David Kendall, are described as poring over the sealed Barrett report, according to sources, because clients are named."
This is a report that could really damage ten or so, maybe even more, members of the Clinton administration. We talked about this a couple weeks ago. A couple Democrats, including John Kerry, were trying to squelch this by defunding it, by putting it in another piece of Senate legislation. The word leaked out that this was happening, Tony Snow wrote a column about it, we talked about it on this program, enough attention was brought to bear, the effort to bury this report and to defund it has failed. Now, it's still under seal, but the likelihood is there will be a report made public on this at some point and that means that there are people cowering in fear and quivering in the corners even as we speak. This is a real under-the-cover effort here, folks, to try to get this investigation quashed, or the report quashed, and they came close. They came very, very, very close to doing this. That, too, I predict is going to be a story, how they almost got this investigation totally quashed, defunded, and therefore buried.
I want to clarify one thing. Senator Kennedy was not part of the Democrat effort to quash the bill. It was Senator Byron Dorgan. "Sen. Byron Dorgan, Senate Democratic Policy Committee chairman, in the middle of a long floor speech on April 5, gave notice he would try to amend the emergency money bill 'to shut off the funding' for Barrett. Dorgan was the amendment's principal sponsor. Co-sponsors were Sen. Richard Durbin, the minority whip, and Sen. John Kerry, the 2004 nominee for president." So it was Dorgan, Durbin, and Kerry that attempted to get this investigation buried.
I really think the same thing uncle. Used to joke about the clinton/fbi files but the RRs (rollover republicans) lack of stance on anything has got my tin foil hat rustling.
Actually, Rush was not the original source of this story, so what does his reputation have to do with the story? I heard the latest news on the Cisneros case on the Tony Snow show, one hour before Rush mentioned.
Thank you so much for clearing up my confusion.
Sorry that what I wrote was inaccurate.
Thank you for correcting me, jackbill. I didn't think there might be another in public life. But I didn't check.
No problem .. I was tempted to make the same mistake when I first saw the name Cisneros.