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Prober blasts Bill (NY Daily News exclusive on Barrett Report)
NY Daily News ^ | 1/18/06 | JAMES GORDON MEEK

Posted on 01/18/2006 4:40:02 AM PST by jimbo123

WASHINGTON - A special prosecutor's long-delayed report charges that a coverup at senior levels of the Clinton administration killed a tax fraud case against ex-cabinet member Henry Cisneros, the Daily News has learned.

David Barrett's 11-year, $23 million probe, which will be released tomorrow, states in stinging terms that this Clinton coverup succeeded.

Cisneros was forced to admit in 1999 that he had made secret payments to a mistress before serving as Clinton's secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Barrett investigated tax fraud charges stemming from those under-the-table payments.

Then-IRS Commissioner Peggy Richardson, a close friend of Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), was involved in efforts to quash the probe, a source close to the case alleged.

But Richardson's role was cut from Barrett's report, which went through 26 drafts, because Democratic law firm Williams & Connolly successfully pressured Barrett to remove a section of the report naming her, a source said.

The law firm represents Cisneros, former President Bill Clinton and Hillary Clinton.

A Williams & Connolly attorney declined to comment.

Before Cisneros' 1999 guilty plea, Barrett's office began a second phase based in part on allegations in a 1997 memo to IRS headquarters by whistleblower John Filan, an IRS criminal investigations chief in Texas.

In a memo obtained by The News, Filan accused top Clinton officials, including senior IRS lawyer Barry Finkelstein, of covering up Cisneros' tax fraud case by transferring it to two inexperienced lawyers in Washington.

Filan wrote that the two got orders "to kill the case from Barry Finkelstein at the outset."

Reached last night, Finkelstein declined to comment.

One of Cisneros' then-defense attorneys, Cono Namorato - who is now chief of IRS internal affairs - referred a reporter to Barrett's report.


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Then-IRS Commissioner Peggy Richardson, a close friend of Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), was involved in efforts to quash the probe, a source close to the case alleged.

But Richardson's role was cut from Barrett's report, which went through 26 drafts, because Democratic law firm Williams & Connolly successfully pressured Barrett to remove a section of the report naming her, a source said.

1 posted on 01/18/2006 4:40:06 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123
But Richardson's role was cut from Barrett's report, which went through 26 drafts, because Democratic law firm Williams & Connolly successfully pressured Barrett to remove a section of the report naming her, a source said.

Gee, wonder how much money changed hands to make that happen?

2 posted on 01/18/2006 4:41:18 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: jimbo123

Nothing to see here...Move along.


3 posted on 01/18/2006 4:41:58 AM PST by Arm_Bears (You are the New Day.)
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To: jimbo123
One of Cisneros' then-defense attorneys, Cono Namorato - who is now chief of IRS internal affairs - referred a reporter to Barrett's report.

Nothing like a little quid pro quo...

4 posted on 01/18/2006 4:42:54 AM PST by snarks_when_bored
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To: jimbo123
The lawfirm's website...

www.wc.com.

5 posted on 01/18/2006 4:44:30 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: jimbo123

"Then-IRS Commissioner Peggy Richardson, a close friend of Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.), was involved in efforts to quash the probe, a source close to the case alleged."

Democrat's Culture of Corruption.

I anxiously await some of the tidbits that were cut from the final report to leak out.


6 posted on 01/18/2006 4:48:26 AM PST by frankjr
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To: jimbo123

Oh come on folks, this is only about sex! Yup, Democrats screwing the taxpayer but sex non the less.


7 posted on 01/18/2006 4:49:17 AM PST by pikachu (Every man needs the love or a good woman or the love of two bad women. often too!)
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To: Arm_Bears

bump for later


8 posted on 01/18/2006 4:50:17 AM PST by albee ("Those that bite the hand that feeds them will lick the boot that kicks them!" - Eric Hoffer)
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To: pikachu

Well, if someone can show a quid-pro-quo for this, the Abramoff scandal will look like a tempest in a teacup.


9 posted on 01/18/2006 4:50:26 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: jimbo123

Hmmmm....what exactly is wrong with him giving his own money to his mistress, or to whomever else he wishes? Was he supposed to have filed an application with the Federal Bureau of Mistress Support first?


10 posted on 01/18/2006 4:52:30 AM PST by proxy_user
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To: jimbo123
Cisneros was forced to admit in 1999 that he had made secret payments to a [former] mistress before serving as Clinton's secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Proof that no good deed goes unpunished.

Henry's real sin was not that he made payments he need not have made to Linda Medlar.  Under the circumstances, IMHO, that was quite an honorable and gentlemanly thing to do.

But the otherwise savvy and brilliantly impressive Henry stupidly lied about it to the FBI during a background check.

11 posted on 01/18/2006 4:53:38 AM PST by Racehorse (Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
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To: frankjr

I wonder if they're going to leak the names of the people Hitlery told Richardson to have audited by the IRS.

Hitlery's hit list in in the report. I wonder if it will leak.


12 posted on 01/18/2006 4:54:33 AM PST by jimbo123
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To: jimbo123

The press doesn't carry lefty scandals.


13 posted on 01/18/2006 5:20:06 AM PST by The Raven
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To: The Raven

Charges against the Clinton Administration? Circle the wagons, men! Well, nothing to see here, folks, move on...


14 posted on 01/18/2006 5:47:38 AM PST by Russ
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To: proxy_user
....what exactly is wrong with him giving his own money to his mistress...

Nothing. Lying to investigators about it is "wrong" as in against the law.

15 posted on 01/18/2006 5:50:02 AM PST by FreePaul
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To: FreePaul

Rumor has it that Cisneros is Teddy Kennedy's love child.


16 posted on 01/18/2006 6:41:51 AM PST by gaspar
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To: mewzilla

In addition to cutting out Richardson's role, isn't it speculated that there is evidence in the redacted pages that the Clinton's used the IRS to intimidate American citizens??

Thought I'd read that...


17 posted on 01/18/2006 6:49:35 AM PST by prairiebreeze (Take the high road. You'll never have to meet a Democrat.)
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To: prairiebreeze

That's the scuttlebutt. And if the Toons used the IRS as their own personal Gestapo, makes we wonder what they were doing with the intelligence apparatus. And if Aldrich Ames was the only American who got his premises tossed without a warrant.


18 posted on 01/18/2006 6:54:08 AM PST by mewzilla (Property must be secured or liberty cannot exist. John Adams)
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To: jimbo123
...because Democratic law firm Williams & Connolly successfully pressured Barrett to remove a section of the report naming her, a source said.

How exactly does a law firm "pressure" an independent counsel?

AND

How does a law firm get to read the offending section but I can't?

19 posted on 01/18/2006 6:54:47 AM PST by JohnG45
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To: JohnG45
Two good questions....

I guess the answere is in the size of the retainer $$$.

20 posted on 01/18/2006 7:27:21 AM PST by pointsal
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To: jimbo123

gee, i wonder if anyone will ask John Kerry why he assisted in having this report redacted and quashed.


21 posted on 01/18/2006 8:18:35 AM PST by jw777
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To: jimbo123

When this was going on - Rush was about the only voice out there .. but now .. with the extensive talk radio and internet access to this information .. the Clintons can no longer hide their dirty laundry.

The REAL TRUTH of the Barrett report will come out - because some people have already seen the original report and know what parts were forced to be removed by the Clinton lawyers.


22 posted on 01/18/2006 8:58:38 AM PST by CyberAnt ( I believe Congressman Curt Weldon re Able Danger)
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23 posted on 01/18/2006 9:51:45 AM PST by devolve (<-- (-in a manner reminiscent of Senator Gasbag F. Kohnman-)
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To: proxy_user

Bottom line is that it is INCOME to her and she needs to declare that income on her taxes....


24 posted on 01/18/2006 1:15:11 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Funny how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather...)
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To: CyberAnt

When this was going on - Rush was about the only voice out there....Actually it was Joe Farrah of WND wo ho was out there first. Because he was the recipient of one of the first audits


25 posted on 01/18/2006 1:17:20 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Funny how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather...)
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To: Ouderkirk

Whether it is or is not income is an interesting question.

Is it payment for services, or a gift, or support of a dependent? Support of a dependent is not normally taxable. For example, you can give your child a place to live, a fancy education, and great food, costing hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, and there are no tax consequences.

Cash gifts are treated differently, but they are taxable to the giver, not the recipient.


26 posted on 01/18/2006 1:22:18 PM PST by proxy_user
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To: proxy_user

In any event it needs to be declared...payment for services rendered, silence, gifts etc, the taxes need to be paid period and there is no latitude. Failure to delcare this the tax fraud


27 posted on 01/18/2006 1:30:16 PM PST by Ouderkirk (Funny how death and destruction seems to happen wherever Muslims gather...)
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To: proxy_user
Mistress does not equal child, or dependant, at least not from here.





28 posted on 01/19/2006 4:35:46 AM PST by G.Mason (Gagging is a reflex action caused by Democrats and Rino's. The only known cure is avoidance.)
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To: Ouderkirk

Actually, Cisneros was the one being investigated...on the face of it, he didn't have the income to spend the money he was spending. That's a red flag for the IRS.


29 posted on 01/19/2006 4:44:46 AM PST by gogeo
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To: jimbo123

Another close friend of Hitlery's, Doris Meisner, headed up the INS and let Mohammed Atta and the boys enter the US on student visas that they overstayed in order to plan their attack on 9/11. That cost us 3,000 lives and trillions of dollars in the aftermath. Jamie Gorelick was busy in the Justice Dept. building the wall between the FBI and CIA to protect the Clinton/China nexus. How many FOHs endangered our country during the Clinton years? Inquiring minds want to know. That should definitely make an interesting campaign ad when the Hildabeast runs in '08, but the panty-twisting Republicans would be afraid of mentioning the treason of the Clinton years.


30 posted on 01/19/2006 4:52:58 AM PST by kittymyrib
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