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First lady Clinton and the intern crisis
AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/19/08 | Calvin Woodward - ap

Posted on 03/19/2008 1:29:05 PM PDT by NormsRevenge

WASHINGTON - Hillary Rodham Clinton was home in the White House the day her husband had an infamous sexual encounter just outside the Oval Office with intern Monica Lewinsky, according to Sen. Clinton's schedule, released Wednesday among 11,000 pages of papers from her years as first lady.

The words of the schedules are dry, but they take on emotional weight when coupled with revelations about the sex scandal that eventually came to light. A year later, the first lady's schedules show her pressing ahead with public events and showing her face as the scandal upended her life and threatened Bill Clinton's presidency.

The papers also shed light on her struggle for health care reform early in the Clinton administration, her scaling back when that effort failed, her travels abroad and the legal woes that dogged the Clintons in the White House.

It's unlikely she would be surprised at this late date to learn that the president was cheating on her while she was at home in the White House. But the release of the documents reminds voters anew about Bill Clinton's affair and the impeachment proceedings that brought Washington to a halt for a year.

The private crisis came at the most public of times for the the first lady.

She had speeches scheduled, at home and abroad. She appeared by President Clinton's side at an education event where he angrily dismissed the reports of having sex with Lewinsky.

Her schedule has her choosing flowers for a black-tie dinner, congratulating "Guns Aren't Cool" award winners and reading to kids in the week in January 1998 when allegations of the scandal begin coming out. She denounced a "vast right-wing conspiracy" in a TV interview.

Almost a year earlier, the schedules show, she was home on Feb. 28, 1997, the day when the Kenneth Starr report says Bill Clinton had a sexual encounter with Lewinsky in an Oval Office bathroom in the early evening, staining her blue dress.

Mrs. Clinton had "drop by" events or meetings in the Map Room and Diplomatic Reception Room between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. that day, according to her schedule. It also lists plays that night at Washington's Arena Stage and National Theater, and a National Symphony Orchestra pops concert with singer Sarah Brightman at the Kennedy Center.

It is not clear whether Mrs. Clinton attended any of those.

The National Archives in Washington and former President Clinton's presidential library in Arkansas jointly released the first lady's schedules after months of pressure from critics who say the Clintons were delaying the disclosure. The issue has dogged her in her bid for the White House.

In all, 11,046 pages have been made available. Nearly 4,800 pages have parts blacked out. Archivists said that's to protect the privacy of third parties. Schedules for more than 30 days of activities were not included in this release.

Clinton, now New York senator, said in her memoirs that she had little choice but to carry on with her appearances when the Lewinsky revelations came out. It was on Jan. 21, 1998, when her husband woke her up, sat on the edge of the bed and said, "There's something in today's papers you should know about." He told her of the reports of his relationship with the former intern, and she said she believed his denials.

But on Saturday, Aug. 15, 1998, with the investigation closing in on the real story, he woke her up again and owned up to his misbehavior. She said in her book that she was grateful there were no public events that weekend.

Before the Lewinsky ordeal, Mrs. Clinton faced her own legal troubles in 1996 during the criminal investigation of the Clintons' Whitewater real estate dealings in Arkansas.

In the Whitewater probe, one of the pivotal events occurred on Jan. 4, 1996, a day in which Mrs. Clinton's personal calendar for late that afternoon is marked "Private Meeting" with her chief of staff, Margaret Williams.

Several hours earlier, an aide had discovered inside the White House family residence long-sought billing records of Mrs. Clinton's legal work on Whitewater-related real estate transactions that turned out to be fraudulent.

Furious prosecutors, who had subpoenaed the records 18 months earlier, ordered Mrs. Clinton to testify before a federal grand jury about the records. She appeared on Jan. 26, 1996.

Her calendar for Jan. 26 says "No Public Schedule," although the first lady stood before a bank of microphones in front of the federal courthouse in Washington, and declared: "I am happy to answer the grand jury's questions." Several hours of testimony she gave that day made her the first first lady to ever be hauled in for such questioning.

Neither the federal probe by Independent Counsel Starr nor Republican-led investigations on Capitol Hill were ever able to sort out why the records of Mrs. Clinton's work had never been turned over to investigators. Mrs. Clinton said she had no idea where the billing records had been.

Prosecutors concluded they did not have enough to prove that she was a knowing participant in criminal conduct by others including Whitewater business partner Jim McDougal.

Her Democratic presidential campaign released a statement Wednesday saying the schedules spanning her two terms as first lady "illustrate the array of substantive issues she worked on" and her travel to more than 80 countries "in pursuit of the administration's domestic and foreign policy goals."

Clinton says her years as first lady equip her to handle foreign policy and national security as president.

But the schedules show trips packed with plainly traditional activities for a first lady, along with some substance.

For example, in her January 1994 visit to Russia with her husband, her schedule is focused on events with other wives. She sat in on a birthing class at a hospital, toured a cathedral and joined prominent women in a lunch of blinis with caviar and salmon.

The Clinton campaign said the schedules are merely a guide and don't reflect all of her activities.

The papers show her tackling health care reform out of the gate in 1993, with a meeting three days after her husband's inauguration and many more as the year went on, before her effort ultimately failed.

She was also involved in helping her husband win congressional approval of the North American Free Trade Agreement, a deal she now criticizes and says she would try to change.

Her White House policy role diminished markedly after the collapse of the health care initiative.

However, she maintained a highly visible place in the administration.

For example, at the same time she was facing the Whitewater criminal investigation, she was raising her profile with the publication of her book, "It Takes A Village: And Other Lessons Children Teach Us."

Her 10-city book tour started a national dialogue that eventually became fodder for political critics on the needs of children.

In addition, the first lady was part of the public face of presidential bill signings. In the stage directions for the signing of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, the calendar for Aug. 21, 1996, states: "HRC will not have a role but will be seated in the front row."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: bluedress; clinton; crisis; firstlady; intern; lewinsky; vincefoster; whitewater

1 posted on 03/19/2008 1:29:06 PM PDT by NormsRevenge
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Hillary Rodham Clinton was home in the White House the day her husband had an infamous sexual encounter just outside the Oval Office with intern Monica Lewinsky

probably baking cookies.


2 posted on 03/19/2008 1:30:03 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge
A year later, the first lady's schedules show her pressing ahead with public events and showing her face as the scandal upended her life and threatened Bill Clinton's presidency.

Wow -- what a profile in courage, huh?

3 posted on 03/19/2008 1:30:32 PM PDT by Cincinatus (Omnia relinquit servare Rempublicam)
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To: NormsRevenge

I suspect this story only proves that Hussein Obama has friends in the msm as well as does Hildabeast.


4 posted on 03/19/2008 1:31:28 PM PDT by AxelPaulsenJr (God Bless George W. Bush)
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To: NormsRevenge

And to think some fools want these scumbags back in the White House.


5 posted on 03/19/2008 1:31:48 PM PDT by unkus
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To: NormsRevenge
Clinton says her years as first lady equip her to handle foreign policy and national security as president.

But the schedules show trips packed with plainly traditional activities for a first lady, along with some substance.

For example, in her January 1994 visit to Russia with her husband, her schedule is focused on events with other wives. She sat in on a birthing class at a hospital, toured a cathedral and joined prominent women in a lunch of blinis with caviar and salmon.

Yes, but could she eat blinis and salmon at 3:00 AM?

6 posted on 03/19/2008 1:33:15 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood ("a wee bit silly." -Lord Trimble on Hillary Clinton's claim of foreign policy "experience".)
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To: NormsRevenge

67 seconds


7 posted on 03/19/2008 1:33:22 PM PDT by SmithL (Reject Obama's Half-Vast Wright-Wing Conspiracy)
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To: SmithL
urrrr.. who's keeping track.. ?

gotcha. :-p

8 posted on 03/19/2008 1:34:39 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... ICE’s toll-free tip hotline —1-866-DHS-2-ICE ... 9/11 .. Never FoRGeT)
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To: NormsRevenge
He told her of the reports of his relationship with the former intern, and she said she believed his denials.

Smartest woman in Washington.

9 posted on 03/19/2008 1:36:13 PM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG 49) "Checkmate Cruiser")
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To: NormsRevenge
...It was on Jan. 21, 1998, when her husband woke her up, sat on the edge of the bed and said, "There's something in today's papers you should know about." He told her of the reports of his relationship with the former intern, and she said she believed his denials.

Remember, she's the world's smartest woman.

Does anybody believe that, in the face of two decades of Bubba horndogging on their marraige, that "she believed his denial"?

10 posted on 03/19/2008 1:36:25 PM PDT by 50sDad (Liberals: Never Happy, Never Grateful, Never Right.)
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To: unkus

The average voter is as dumb as a turkey dropping.


11 posted on 03/19/2008 1:36:28 PM PDT by billorites (Freepo ergo sum)
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To: billorites

That’s how the Rats want them.


12 posted on 03/19/2008 1:37:36 PM PDT by unkus
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To: NormsRevenge
“Hillary Rodham Clinton was home in the White House...”

Was part of Bill's thrill. He was slapping Hillary in the face as he was slapping Monica in the face.

13 posted on 03/19/2008 1:38:12 PM PDT by ryan71
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To: 50sDad

Seriously, if she was in the White House area, Bill knew he would not be interrupted. What would give him this confidence?

Methinks this shows that Hillary knew more than she’s admitting. She may have known about all of this from the beginning and allowed it to happen.


14 posted on 03/19/2008 1:39:05 PM PDT by Loud Mime (If Muslims love death, why do they have hospitals?)
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To: NormsRevenge
A year later, the first lady's schedules show her pressing ahead with public events and showing her face as the scandal upended her life and threatened Bill Clinton's presidency.

Maybe she pressed ahead because she already knew about the bimbos, and was only upended cause they lost control of the story in the first place.

This is just another to paint her as a strong victim

15 posted on 03/19/2008 1:39:34 PM PDT by digger48 (http://prorev.com/legacy.htm)
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To: digger48

Barack Obama and BIll Clinton remind me of every Lead Singer I ever played in a band with and boy were they full of it...and boy did the girls always fall for it.


16 posted on 03/19/2008 1:42:13 PM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: NormsRevenge

You will note the MSM is writing yet another generally sympathetic article about the Hildebeast. If she somehow wrests the nomination from Obama expect efforts like this to rehabilitate her to go into overdrive.


17 posted on 03/19/2008 1:43:11 PM PDT by Behind Liberal Lines
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To: NormsRevenge

Ya know, just a thought. But one has to wonder how many of these redacted or empty times involve killing of opponents.

Well, we’re planning Vince Fosters death at this time, Can’t say what the heck we’re doing so let’s say we were talking about the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.


18 posted on 03/19/2008 1:43:47 PM PDT by Joe Boucher (An enemy of Islam)
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To: massgopguy

See Rush’s website for the latest singing talents of BO and BC.

“Love Client No. 9” and “Jeremiah Was My Pastor”. Hilarious.


19 posted on 03/19/2008 1:47:22 PM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: NormsRevenge

Quick! Barry needs a ‘distraction’ !!
Now, it’s Hillary’s turn!


20 posted on 03/19/2008 1:50:44 PM PDT by griswold3 (Al queda is guilty of hirabah (war against society) Penalty is death.)
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To: A_Former_Democrat
Barry:
Parody Song: Jeremiah Was My Pastor

Bubba:
Love Client No. 9
21 posted on 03/19/2008 1:52:19 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: unkus

And To think some people ON FR want these scumbags back in the White House.


22 posted on 03/19/2008 2:03:02 PM PDT by The Ghost of Rudy McRomney ("Rush has unsealed the mummy's tomb-he has unleashed the undead."-Hugh Hewitt)
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To: The Ghost of Rudy McRomney

It is unbelievable. If they get back in the White House, I’ll literally vomit, I think.


23 posted on 03/19/2008 2:06:29 PM PDT by unkus
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To: NormsRevenge

So? I didn’t think he had sex with that woman...


24 posted on 03/19/2008 2:15:20 PM PDT by Jaded ("I have a mustard- seed; and I am not afraid to use it."- Joseph Ratzinger)
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To: NormsRevenge

Watching a Yankees game.


25 posted on 03/19/2008 2:24:52 PM PDT by PzLdr ("The Emperor is not as forgiving as I am" - Darth Vader)
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To: NormsRevenge
Related link....

Many Clinton Archives Pages Have Redactions

Meanwhile...

Clinton library builder's CFO vanishes, leaving questions

26 posted on 03/19/2008 2:31:00 PM PDT by mewzilla (In politics the middle way is none at all. John Adams)
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To: NormsRevenge
The Examiner gave this story quite a different title:

Schedules show Hillary Clinton was home on the day when husband had sex with intern Lewinsky

"Sex with intern"... wow! that is coming right out and admitting it, finally. "no sex" to "oral sex isn't sex" to "SEX".

27 posted on 03/19/2008 2:42:28 PM PDT by cgk (Checkers Speech 08: Nixon didn't give the dog back, why should Obama give up his preacher? - Lowry)
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To: NormsRevenge
It was on Jan. 21, 1998, when her husband woke her up, sat on the edge of the bed and said, "There's something in today's papers you should know about." He told her of the reports of his relationship with the former intern...

Baloney.

That's what she told Matt Lauer in her Today show "vast right-wing conspiracy interview.

Everyone knew all about the story three days before when Drudge broke the story.

For example, George Stephanopolis tried to dismiss the story (by discrediting Drudge) on This Week With David Brinkley when Bill Kristol brought it up during the Sunday round table.

Mrs. Clinton just wanted to look like as much like a naive wife as she could, so she acted like she just found out about the story the same time most of the country did. Of course, the Today show, or anyone else, didn't ask her to explain why everyone else in Washington knew all about this but she knew nothing.

28 posted on 03/19/2008 2:47:59 PM PDT by Flashlight
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To: NormsRevenge

“The private crisis came at the most public of times for the the first lady. “

Monica Lewinsky made the news because Paula Jones, a private citizen, wanted her day in court. It’s a public crisis when a citizen’s rights are interfered with, particularly when an important government official tries to deny those rights.


29 posted on 03/19/2008 3:51:44 PM PDT by Tymesup
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To: Joe Boucher

“Well, we’re planning Vince Fosters death at this time, Can’t say what the heck we’re doing so let’s say we were talking about the Vast Right Wing Conspiracy.”

Vince died sometime in the afternoon on July 20, 1993.

I don’t see any smoking guns in Mrs. Clinton’s schedules, here’s a summary:

Saturday the 17th: Hawaii, no public schedule

Sunday the 18th: Hawaii to Santa Barbara

Monday the 19th: Research lab tour, address to students, afternoon is free

Tuesday the 20th: This one is labeled “Revised Final”. Hmm. TV show followed by “Down Time” from 10:30 to 1:00. This corresponds to 1:30 to 4:00 in Washington. Foster went to lunch before turning up dead.

The schedule calls for two Radio Interviews with Frank Mottek and Susanne Watley along with lunch, so she wouldn’t have been free the whole time.

2:30 - 7:40 - flying to Little Rock. [Note the schedule calls for arrival at LAX 2:25 and departure 2:30. Pretty good service.]

7:40 + - Down time [Note Down time is not scheduled on the 19th]

Wednesday the 21 - No public schedule

Interesting that there are a couple of days in here with no public schedule.


30 posted on 03/19/2008 4:29:18 PM PDT by Tymesup
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Monday the 19th: Research lab tour, address to students, afternoon is free

Kill him, put the body on ice for a day. That gives time to search the office and put together a cover story. ;-)

31 posted on 03/19/2008 6:10:13 PM PDT by glorgau
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To: NormsRevenge
p>
32 posted on 03/19/2008 6:22:21 PM PDT by OeOeO
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