Skip to comments.THE REAL HILLARY CLINTON: Episode 29 - Filegate; Who Hired Craig Livingstone
Posted on 02/05/2003 10:06:56 PM PST by doug from upland
EPISODES 1-20 can be found here: #20 - Childish Behavior at the President's Historic Speech
#21 - Why Cops and Firemen Hate Hillary
#22 - The Wind Up, Here Comes the Pitch
#23 - Psssssst Hey, Can You Watch My Husband?
#24 - Witches Who Live in Glass Houses Shouldn't Throw Race-Baiting Stones
#25 - Nightmare on Pennsylvania Avenue (Healthcare)
#26 - Madison Dies, Hillary Lies, What a Surprise (Part 1)
#27 - Madison Dies, Hillary Lies, What a Surprise
#28 - Semper Fido
NOTE: the survival of our Republic is threatened by two things -- fundamentalist Islamic terrorists and Hillary Rodham Clinton. President Bush is leading the fight against the terrorists. It is up to those of us who know the real Hillary Clinton to lead the fight against her. We must shine the light of truth on this dangerous woman so that all Americans may know the real Hillary.
#29 in the continuing series.
It was an amazing rise to power. A real slug of a human being, a former bar bouncer and dirty trickster named D. Craig Livingstone, made it to the head of White House Security. His appointment was so typical of how unimportant security was to the Clinton White House, both at the White House and in national security.
Livingstone resigned in a scandal known as Filegate. He admitted to illegally reading raw FBI files of Republicans -- a federal crime. People were starting to ask questions about who was responsible for hiring Craig Livingstone. The name Hillary Clinton was mentioned, however, the First Evil Lady of course denied any involvement. She wouldn't do anything wrong, would she? In an attempt to distance herself from Livingstone, an FBI agent and fine American would have to be smeared. When the Clintons face turmoil, they lie and they smear. Their expertise at such an operation has become legendary.
From Carl Limbacher at NewsMax comes the following in Sept. 1999:
Dennis Sculimbrene, at one time the most senior FBI agent assigned to the White House, has filed suit against the Justice Department, the FBI and the White House for a combined total of more than $10 million. You may have thought such a lawsuit, brought by the public interest law firm Judicial Watch and filed in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on July 26, should have received major press attention. The story, in fact, was ignored.
In some ways this former FBI agent's story is typical of so many Clinton era whistleblowers who found themselves hung out to dry by the very people and organizations that purport to serve the interests of justice, including the press.
Despite the media black out, Sculimbrene's suit has some startling and important revelations.
Sculimbrene is the one witness whose testimony is backed by unimpeachable documentary evidence, which irrefutably links First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton to the hiring of Filegate's central character, D. Craig Livingstone, once head of White House Security. Her Livingstone connection ties Mrs. Clinton to one of the worst abuses of presidential power in the history of the republic.
In FBI parlance the key evidence is called an "insert"; a short memo thought to be of no consequence when Sculimbrene wrote it in March 1993 as part of his background investigation into Mr. Livingstone, then a new White House hire. At the time, Agent Sculimbrene was so highly trusted that he was the only member of the FBI's White House detail with a special SCI security clearance (Secret Compartmentalized Information), which allowed him access to highly classified material.
The highly trusted agent wrote the following, which became part of the then-obscure Livingstone's own FBI background file:
"BERNARD NUSSBAUM, Counsel to the President, advised that he had known the appointee for the period of time that he has been employed in the new administration. He had come highly recommended to him by HILLARY CLINTON, who has known his mother for a longer period of time...."
Just how problematic was this now six-year old document detailing the Hillary/Livingstone connection - written at a time when not a single soul had reason to fabricate such a link?
A quick review of the joint White House/FBI campaign to harass, abuse and discredit Sculimbrene sheds a good deal of light on that question.
Before Filegate there was Travelgate, the scandal under examination by the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee in 1996 when it emerged that the White House Counsel's Office had illegally requisitioned Travel Office Chief Billy Dale's FBI file. Within days, Dale's single, purloined file had metastasized into hundreds and D. Craig Livingstone, the keeper of the confidential dossiers, became a household name overnight.
Sculimbrene knew something was amiss a full two months before the Dale and his co-workers were tossed out the door in the Travelgate purge. Top Clinton aides had already begun questioning the FBI agent about the backgrounds and political views of the Travel Office Staff. The agent told his superior that it looked to him like the Clinton administration wanted an excuse to fire Dale and the others.
When the Travel Office axe finally fell in May 1993, Sculimbrene witnessed Clinton aides rifling Dale's office, which was left completely unsecured despite the fact that the White House had announced an FBI investigation was underway.
Sculimbrene notified his bosses about what he'd seen. One of his superiors was actually supervising the criminal investigation, which would eventually result in Dale's indictment. But, despite Sculimbrene's crucial account of White House Travel Office evidence tampering, he would not be interviewed on the subject for another two years.
In January 1994 Sculimbrene suffered a nearly fatal plane accident, which the Clinton administration would later use against him in a number of ways, according to his lawsuit. The accident left him with a severe head wound which forced him to take an extended leave of absence from his White House work.
When Sculimbrene returned to work eight months later, doctors recommended that his schedule be modified to accommodate his new physical limitations, which meant that he would return to his old White House position but work only during daytime hours and not be assigned any outside field work. Both the administration and the FBI welcomed Sculimbrene back under the new terms.
The arrangement worked well for nearly a year - until Sculimbrene mentioned to the FBI agent then building a case against Dale that he thought the upcoming Travelgate trial would become "a political football."
Inexplicably, the senior agent warned Sculimbrene that he was considering filing a complaint against him with the FBI's Office of Professional Responsibility based on the innocuous remark.
After Sculimbrene was subpoenaed to testify at Dale's trial, the heat was gradually turned up. Suddenly, for the first time in his 22-year career, the FBI agent was ordered to take a random drug test. The White House Personnel Office invited him to apply for another job at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and then abruptly withdrew the offer after he refused to testify against Dale. And now he was being given work assignments that directly violated the previously agreed to workplace accommodations his doctors had requested.
Some of the harassment seemed ridiculous, such as the investigation launched by Sculimbrene's FBI bosses into whether he had misused his parking pass. But by April 1996 the once highly trusted agent who consistently received "exceptional" performance evaluations was told that his detail to the White House had been terminated. Two months later Filegate exploded.
In the weeks that followed agent Sculimbrene would testify to House and Senate committees about Mrs. Clinton's relationship to D. Craig Livingstone, noting that others in the White House Counsel's office told him they were "stuck" with the former bar bouncer because of his Hillary connection.
Within days of his testimony, Sculimbrene's permanent White House pass was lifted. He says his supervisor explained that his presence "made the First Family uncomfortable."
In July 1996 FBI General Counsel Howard Shapiro made the bombshell discovery placing Mrs. Clinton at Filegate ground zero. Combing through Livingstone's own FBI file, Shapiro located Sculimbrene's smoking gun contemporaneous memo.
There it was in black and white, written years before anybody had heard of Filegate: Nussbaum's account to the FBI agent of how Hillary had "highly recommended" the former bar bouncer for a top White House slot. Back then, few doubted Livingstone was acting on orders from some higher-up when he accumulated nearly one thousand government dossiers on potential Clinton enemies.
The next morning Shapiro dispatched two FBI agents to Sculimbrene's home where the agent was grilled like a common criminal. In documents filed with the court, Sculimbrene complains that his interrogators asked him more than thirty times whether he kept other notes on what Nussbaum might have told him about Mrs. Clinton and Livingstone. Plainly the FBI was as concerned as the White House about other evidence emerging linking the First Lady to Filegate.
Shapiro's agents repeatedly warned Sculimbrene that his three-year-old notation was contradicted not only by Nussbaum, but also by the First Lady and the President as well. Just in case he missed the point, Sculimbrene's supervisor called during the grilling to advise him about an upcoming psychiatric examination that would determine the agent's future fitness to serve the FBI.
If that weren't enough, then-White House Counsel Jack Quinn personally wrote to FBI Director Louis Freeh, attempting to link Sculimbrene to another agent who'd been convicted of falsifying background investigations. Lanny Davis, not yet officially on the White House payroll, popped up on CNN's "Crossfire" and CNBC's "Rivera Live" insisting Sculimbrene's claim that Nussbaum had told him anything linking Livingstone to Mrs. Clinton was "an absolute fabrication."
"I am accusing Sculimbrene of having a political bias and that report is filled with lies," said the future White House damage controller on national television. Ironically, the same kind of hysterical denials greeted the publication of 1996's political book of the year, "Unlimited Access", written by Sculimbrene's White House partner, former FBI agent Gary Aldrich.
On August 2, 1996, Dennis Sculimbrene resigned from the FBI.
The Clinton administration has successfully stonewalled the Independent Counsel and Congress for five years on a whole array of serious scandals. Yet private citizen Paula Jones, pursuing justice in civil court, turned Clinton into the only elected American president ever to be impeached.
As with the Jones case, civil court is where Americans will eventually learn the truth about Filegate and the White House's attempts to cover it up, thanks to Dennis Sculimbrene.
How much Hillary used those files or threatened to use them we may never know. How much info was put into that Big Brother computer? People should have gone to jail for a long, long time. The Clintons have never paid the price they should have paid.
Wouldn't it be just peachy-keen if an FBI file turned around and bit Hillary in her big, old, fat behind?
Hopefully one day they will and I hope the price will be steep.
The people paying the price right now are their own RAT party.
Once again,Eventual release of straight up facts outweigh the Lying, Obfuscating, Hillary Rotten Clinton Manipulating Machine.Every Leftist reporter/TV Commentator/Evening News person in America should be forced to receive 20 lashes, like they give you in Singapore for innappropriate behavior.How they can live with themselves? I cannot comprehend the sheer audacity of their "non-penetrating" biased reporting,to let things like this slide by.This is another classic example of the Anti-American,Socialist Lefts "Behavior".
BTW, thanks for the series, keep it up!
Bump from years later! Someone was asking about filegate. Found this on google. FRegards....
Found this thread in google! BUMP
Same here. Bump again.
Bumped and bookmarked.
saved and bumped . thanks, dude
Glad you finally discovered the series of stories.
Worthy of an update.
And still there is nothing discovered and no one coming forward after all these years.
I hope you are doing well.