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Looting from the Past:Clintons Return $28,000 Worth of Gifts to White House
American-Blue ^ | Thursday, February 08, 2001 | DEB RIECHMANN

Posted on 04/11/2003 9:42:52 AM PDT by big bad easter bunny

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Clintons Return $28,000 Worth of Gifts to White House Thursday, February 08, 2001

By DEB RIECHMANN Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) - Former President Clinton and his wife, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, have sent $28,000 worth of household goods back to Washington after questions arose over whether the items were intended as personal gifts or donations to the White House.

"We have been informed that it is being shipped back, and the National Park Service is ready to receive it, take possession of it and take custody of it," Jim McDaniel, the National Park Service's liaison to the White House, said Wednesday.

"The property is being returned to government custody until such time that the issues can be resolved. It may well turn out that that property is rightly the personal property of the Clintons."

After they were criticized for taking $190,000 worth of china, flatware, rugs, televisions, sofas and other gifts with them when they left, the Clintons announced last week that they would pay for $86,000 worth of gifts, or nearly half the amount.

Their latest decision to send back $28,000 in gifts brings to $114,000 the value of items the Clintons have either decided to pay for or return.

McDaniel discussed the matter Wednesday with Betty Monkman, the White House curator, and Gary Walters, the chief usher, or executive manager of the White House.

They were reviewing the gifts the Clintons chose to keep after $28,000 worth of items were found on a list of donations the Park Service received for the 1993 White House redecoration project. The Washington Post this week quoted three people who said that they assumed the furnishings they donated for the project would stay in the White House.

"As a result of questions about the status of certain property donated to the White House during the Clinton administration, the National Park Service will accept the return of the property in question and act as a custodian of such property," according to a statement released by the Park Service, which administers the White House as a unit of the national park system.

A person familiar with the Clintons' move out of the White House, who spoke on condition of anonymity, would say only: "They've been returned."

While the Clintons' decision to return these gifts was a way to get out from under this and other criticism surrounding their departure from the White House, the couple provided scant details about the shipment.

Mrs. Clinton's office referred all questions about the gift return to the former president's transition office. Transition office workers said the Clintons would make no statement. They referred all questions to the Park Service, which wasn't exactly sure which gifts were being returned or where they had been kept.

In a statement released Monday, Clinton's transition office said every item they accepted was identified by the White House gift office as a present to them. They said none of the gifts taken was on a curator's list of official White House property.

"Gifts did not leave the White House without the approval of the White House usher's and curator's offices," the statement said. "Of course, if the White House now determines that a cataloging error occurred, ... any item in question will be returned."

Instead of waiting for the issue to be resolved, the Clintons returned the items.

The gifts in question were: A kitchen table and four chairs valued at $3,650 from Lee Ficks of Cincinnati, Ohio; a $1,000 needlepoint rug from David Martinous of Little Rock, Ark.; two sofas, an easy chair and an ottoman worth $19,900 from Steve Mittman of New York; lamps valued at $1,170 from Stuart Shiller of Hialeah, Fla.; and a $2,843 sofa from Brad Noe, a businessman from California.

The gifts were just one of several flaps that followed the Clintons out of the White House.

-Lawmakers are questioning Clinton's desire to rent expensive office space in New York City at government expense. Because of the contention, the former president's foundation has offered to pay at least $300,000 of an estimated $790,000 annual rent for the office Clinton favors.

-Mrs. Clinton, the new senator from New York, has faced questions about the propriety of accepting the gifts in the period between her election and her swearing-in. Senate rules would have limited what she could accept had she been a senator.

-Members of both parties also have criticized Clinton for granting scores of eleventh-hour clemency requests, including the pardon of Marc Rich, a fugitive in Switzerland from 51 counts in the United States of tax evasion and fraud.

© Copyright 2001 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption
KEYWORDS: clintons; evil; looting; plunder; thieves
Hearing about all these libs bitching about looting in Iraq made old memories about our own looters coming to mind when the Clinton regime fled the White House.
1 posted on 04/11/2003 9:42:52 AM PDT by big bad easter bunny
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3 posted on 04/11/2003 9:44:06 AM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: big bad easter bunny; Howlin; kcvl
Did CNN report this?
4 posted on 04/11/2003 9:45:35 AM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: big bad easter bunny
Their latest decision to send back $28,000 in gifts brings to $114,000 the value of items the Clintons have either decided to pay for or return.

I'll bet after all this time they haven't sent even one dime or one item back yet. And they never will.

5 posted on 04/11/2003 9:46:14 AM PDT by CFC__VRWC
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To: Hillary's Lovely Legs; Mia T
Blast from the past.

We want to know if CNN's Eason reported this?

6 posted on 04/11/2003 9:46:24 AM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: big bad easter bunny
Isn't it considered "Grand Larceny" is the amount of the theft is in excess of just $250?
7 posted on 04/11/2003 9:47:14 AM PDT by King David
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To: King David
The Clintons are criminal scum
8 posted on 04/11/2003 9:51:17 AM PDT by tom paine 2
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To: big bad easter bunny
The Clintoons came into the White House as trailer trash, they "governed" as trailer trash, they left the White House as trailer trash and they are still trailer trash!

And the Clintoons will always be trailer trash!

9 posted on 04/11/2003 9:52:38 AM PDT by Taxman
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To: big bad easter bunny
A thief by any other name, in this instance, president. What a disgrace, the only thing worse is the enablers then and now that support this man.
10 posted on 04/11/2003 9:56:57 AM PDT by cynicom
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To: big bad easter bunny
Mrs. Clinton, the new senator from New York, has faced questions about the propriety of accepting the gifts in the period between her election and her swearing-in. Senate rules would have limited what she could accept had she been a senator.

Yeah, well rules were supposed to stop them from keeping all kinds of gifts received during Bubba's term, but we see how they worked.

11 posted on 04/11/2003 10:04:18 AM PDT by pepsi_junkie
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To: tom paine 2
THE CLINTONS BELONG IN JAIL.
12 posted on 04/11/2003 10:13:30 AM PDT by freekitty
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To: nutmeg
blast from the past BUMP!
13 posted on 04/11/2003 10:14:16 AM PDT by nutmeg (Liberate Iraq - Support Our Troops!)
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To: freekitty
-Members of both parties also have criticized Clinton for granting scores of eleventh-hour clemency requests, including the pardon of Marc Rich, a fugitive in Switzerland from 51 counts in the United States of tax evasion and fraud.

And how about the pardons for CONIVCTED TERRORISTS !!

14 posted on 04/11/2003 10:18:02 AM PDT by Wil H
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To: big bad easter bunny
The libs weren't "bitching" during the L.A. riots! And those fools were burning their own neighborhoods!
16 posted on 04/11/2003 10:29:56 AM PDT by the Deejay
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To: big bad easter bunny
Fantastic post, with great timing!

WASHINGTON IN CHAOS - CLINTONS LOOT WHITE HOUSE


17 posted on 04/11/2003 10:33:28 AM PDT by Enduring Freedom (To smash the ugly face of Socialism is our mission)
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To: big bad easter bunny
Hopefully,some clever Freeper will Photo Shop the Clinton's heads,on those of the Baghdad looters pushing carts piled high with booty.
18 posted on 04/11/2003 10:40:14 AM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: big bad easter bunny
Sounds like someone's laying down the groundwork for future political runs. Now they can say,"Look, we returned more stuff...just recently."
19 posted on 04/11/2003 10:45:15 AM PDT by szweig
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To: big bad easter bunny
The Klintoons are only doing what they ought
Because they got caught.

Leni

20 posted on 04/11/2003 10:49:36 AM PDT by MinuteGal (THIS JUST IN ! Astonishing fare reduction for FReeps Ahoy Cruise! Check it out, pronto!)
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To: big bad easter bunny
We need a photoshopper to put Bill & Hill heads on the bodies of looting Iraqi's, with their cart filled with stuff from the White House.
21 posted on 04/11/2003 10:53:55 AM PDT by Plutarch
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To: Freedom'sWorthIt; big bad easter bunny
Great work, easter bunny...
Designs on designs...
Although a reliable source had previously warned me about the wife's designs on the people's designs -- she had apparently acquired the nasty habit of pilfering from the White House drapery fund -- when I created the following metaphoric musing a year before the clintons "moved," I never imagined that she would -- that they would -- in real life -- in real time -- actually swipe the sofa.
 
Smaller objects neatly tuck-able in nuncupative deals & unnumbered Swiss accounts, without question...

BUT THE SOFA??

Jan. 1, 2000
 
hillary's "interior" design scheme
(an animated how-to)

by Mia T

copyright Mia T 2000

The White House Booty
 
 
 
Letters .. thanked Lee and Joy Ficks for their 1993 donation of a kitchen set to the White House. Joy Ficks said she was surprised to hear the Clintons are keeping the kitchen set as a personal gift.

White House Gifts List

 
 
 
 
• $19,900 two sofas, an easy chair and an ottoman from Steve Mittman,
New York.
 
• $3,650 kitchen table and four chairs from Lee Ficks, Cincinnati.
 
• $2,843 sofa from Brad Noe, High Point, N.C.
 
• $1,170 lamps from Stuart Schiller, Hialeah, Fla.
 
• $1,000 needlepoint rug from David Martinous, Little Rock.
 
Following are gifts the Clintons received in 2000 and are paying for:
 
• $9,433 china cabinet, chandelier and a copy of President Lincoln's
Cooper Union speech from Walter and Selma Kaye, New York.
 
• $7,375 two coffee tables and two chairs from Denise Rich, New York.
 
• $7,000 dining room table, server and golf club from Mr. and Mrs. Ron
Dozoretz, Washington.
 
• $6,282 two carpets from Glen Eden Carpets, Calhoun, Ga.
 
• $5,000 rug from Martin Patrick Evans, Chicago.
 
• $5,000 china from Mr. and Mrs. Bill Brandt, Winnetka, Ill.
 
• $4,994 flatware from Ghada Irani, Los Angeles.
 
• $4,992 china from Iris Cantor, New York.
 
• $4,967 flatware, Edith Wasserman, Beverly Hills, Calif.
 
• $4,967 flatware, Mr. and Mrs. Morris Pynoos, Beverly Hills, Calif.
 
• $4,787 china from Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson, Los Angeles.
 
• $4,920 china from Mr. and Mrs. Steven Spielberg, Universal City,
Calif.
 
• $3,000 painting from Joan Tumpson, Miami.
 
• $2,993 televisions and DVD player from Paul Goldenberg, La Habra,
Calif.
 
• $2,400 dining room chairs from Arthur Athis, Los Angeles.
 
• $2,110 china and jacket from Jill and Ken Iscol, Pound Ridge, N.Y.
 
• $1,588 flatware from Myra Greenspun, Green Valley, Nev.
 
• $595 pantsuit and sweater, Margaret O'Leary, San Francisco.
 
• $524 golf driver and golf balls from Richard Helmstetter, Carlsbad,
Calif.
 
• $500 antique book on George Washington, Mr. and Mrs. Bud Yorkin, Los
Angeles.
 
• $499 golf driver from Ely Callaway, Carlsbad, Calif.
 
• $450 leather jacket from Vin Gupta, Omaha.
 
• $350 golf driver, Jack Nicholson, Beverly Hills, Calif.
 
• $350 framed tapestry, Mr. and Mrs. Vo Viet Thanh, Vietnam.
 
• $340 two sweaters from Robin Carnahan and Nina Canci, St. Louis.
 
• $300 flatware from Colette D'Etremont, New Brunswick, Canada.
 
• $300 painting of Buddy, Brian B. Ready, Chappaqua, N.Y.

 

Chair Lift
 

Among the gifts that former president Bill Clinton says he is keeping as
personal presents he accepted last year are $28,000 worth of furnishings
that documents and interviews indicate were given to the National Park
Service in 1993 as part of the permanent White House collection...
 
Two of the furniture makers whose donations Clinton took with him on
leaving the White House last month say they gave them to the White House
as part of a widely publicized, $396,000 redecoration of the executive
mansion and not to Clinton personally.
 
"When we've been asked to donate, it was always hyphenated with the
words, " 'White House,' " New York manufacturer Steve Mittman said of
his family-owned business, which gave two sofas, an easy chair and an
ottoman, worth $19,900 and listed by Clinton as part of the gifts he
took with him. "To us, it was not a donation to a particular person."

Gifts Were Not Meant for Clintons, Some Donors Say

Sen. Clinton made another assertion - one that is equally misleading.

She contends she was not obliged to report the first Leiber bag she received "because it was received before the Clintons entered the White House."

But this bag, valued at $3,500, was received after the election and during the transition and therefore obviously was related to the Clinton presidency.

HILLARY'S STORY ON HER WHITE HOUSE GIFTS IS FULL OF (LOOP)HOLES, Dick Morris

 

 
But he said the Socks purse was given to Clinton during the transition in late 1992, before her husband took office...

HILLARY: I RETURNED GIFTS TO THE NATIONAL ARCHIVE

TRANSLATION: An earlier example of the clinton post-election/pre-swearing-in klepto-bribery scheme...


MORE: HILLARY: I RETURNED GIFTS TO THE NATIONAL ARCHIVE [SOCKS BAGS BAG]

 

 

Buddy web sites quickly exploded in cyberspace. (Socks web sites, too, Socks would add.) Mrs. clinton, a long-time adherent of synergistic exploitation, "authored" an instant book about three groups favored for exploitation by the clintons: dogs, cats and children. "Dear Socks, Dear Buddy: Kids' Letters to the First Pets" was published by the clintons' personal agitprop-and-money-laundering machine, Simon & Schuster. (For details, see Is hillary clinton's $8M "book advance" a Peter-Principle artifact?)

MIA T, Buddy Death Report Raises More Questions Than It Answers

 

Bill Clinton is getting $12 million for his memoirs; Hillary is getting $8 million dollars for hers, for a total of $20 million. Not bad for a couple that for eight years swore under oath they couldn't remember anything.

--anonymous

 
YOO-HOO Mrs. clinton
A '68 Mustang is not exculpatory
 
by Mia T, 1-29-03

link to movie

 

The no-show manuscript
hillary clinton Infrastructure Answers Simon & Schuster: A TRANSLATION

by Mia T, 4.8.03
 
 
One Clinton intimate explains: "In all fairness, she has been preoccupied with serving New York during these challenging times... [But] the writing is wonderful, touching, and will lift Hillary to a new level of respect."

HILLARY CLINTON BOOK PAST DUE
PUBLISHER'S ANGST OVER NO MANUSCRIPT, NO TITLE
SENATOR TOOK LARGEST ADVANCE IN HISTORY

 

TRANSLATION:

Fairness? You little people just don't get it. This is no simple second-story thief. This is HILLARY!

Haven't you noticed? She's been preoccupied with serving herself during these challenging times, what with juggling

 

 

 

 

 

all while hedging her bets on the war/homeland-security thing, (the primary reason for the delay, BTW… It is unwritten HILLARY! policy not to put her stupidity in writing; obviously, we're awaiting the outcome of the war thing in order to demonstrate her "prescience." )

[Nonetheless] the writing is wonderfully revisionist in its scope even as it reprises her victim status; it is intended to lift HILLARY! from toilet to bidet. (VIVE LA FRANCE!)

by Mia T
 

Hillary Clinton's equal and inapposite reactions seem to be, at first blush, instances of the immutable First Law of The Betrayed and Humiliated Wife: Outdo the errant hubby's doxy...at all cost.

Thus, Vanity Fair's glamorous Marilyn-Monroe spread of Monica's digitally reduced spread was answered by Vogue's lushly Elizabethan, gauzy-focus, hindquarter-cropped-pleated-and-flounced, Queen-Hillary-for-President cover.

And now we have Hillary Clinton doing a Martha Stewart, who herself, is purported to have been "done" by the aforementioned errant rogue (notwithstanding the plain fact that Martha is more well-known for her tarts than for being one).

Seems Hillary Clinton is now writing a book titled "An Invitation to the White House" in which she will follow the format of the Martha Stewart classic, "Entertaining", claim multifarious Martha-Stewart talents and wrap her indecorous and corrupt, backwoods, backroom style of White House "entertaining" in Martha-Stewart elegance and purity. (NB: Written years before Martha ImPloded.)

"The Clinton White House has been noted for the...innovation of its events," said Carolyn Reidy, president of Simon & Schuster's Trade Division, the book's publisher.

Hillary Clinton's spokeswoman, Marsha Berry, added that the book will focus on how the Clintons have "advanced the availability" of the White House by increasing the number and diversity of people; that it will "highlight the access that the Clintons have given to more people, more types of entertainment..."

It should be emphasized that it was without even a trace of irony or the slightest smirk that both women related the above.

On closer inspection, Hillary Clinton's bizarre behavior is more than simple Ivana Trump-eting. It is vulgar, compulsive, shameless, smarmy, contemptuous, demagogic, megalomaniacal, in-your-face naked clintonism.

It is one thing for the frumpy, chipmunk-cheek, huge-hindquarter fishwife to insinuate her image -- albeit Elizabethan-shrouded and low-res-clouded -- onto the cover of Vogue; but it is quite another for the corrupt harpy to trumpet White House access even as new charges emerge of the clintons' rapes and other predations, of the clintons' corrupt quid-pro-quo arrangements with a menacing and motley assortment of drug dealers, gun runners and nuclear weapons makers.

For Hillary Clinton to vaunt White House access just as the clintons' China treason is becoming increasingly, patently manifest to all requires a certain level of contempt for the people and for the country that is uniquely clinton.

Thank heaven for small favors...

Or as the real Martha Stewart would say,
"That is a good thing."

HILLARY CLINTON BOOK PAST DUE, PUBLISHER'S ANGST OVER NO MANUSCRIPT, NO TITLE; SENATOR TOOK LARGEST ADVANCE IN HISTORY

Executives at publishing powerhouse SIMON AND SCHUSTER are dismayed over Hillary Clinton's failure to turn in a completed manuscript for her book, due out in August, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

The senator of the Empire State has already received a $2.85055 million cash advance on her memoirs, from a total deal valued at more than $8 million.

MORE

"We must be off to the printer next month, but the manuscript isn't in yet!" said one SIMON AND SCHUSTER source last week. "Advance sales are lagging. And there is no title. Without a title it's been difficult to market."

One top source says the situation has not reached a legal concern, rather it is being described as an "annoyance."

The former first lady signed the deal before the 9/11 terror attacks.

One Clinton intimate explains: "In all fairness, she has been preoccupied with serving New York during these challenging times... [But] the writing is wonderful, touching, and will lift Hillary to a new level of respect."

HILLARY CLINTON BOOK PAST DUE
PUBLISHER'S ANGST OVER NO MANUSCRIPT
NO TITLE
Drudgereport.com | 4/7/03 | Matt Drudge

 

The 30 Seconds that Seemed Like 60 Minutes
 
MIKE LUCKOVICH'S VERSION

TRANSLATION:

 
 
 

NOTE THE CBS--SIMON & SCHUSTER CONNECTION

 

Viacom

HALF A HOUSE, HALF A BRAIN:
Why the clintons hit on Simon & Schuster

22 posted on 04/11/2003 10:59:37 AM PDT by Mia T (SCUM (Stop Clintons' Undermining Machinations))
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To: Mia T
Yes! Knew you would bring out the "big guns" on a concern we all at Free Republic share about LOOTING - the BIG topic of discussion by all the pretend "news" groups out there. I think we should email Eason Jordan this thread and ask him if CNN could possibly do an in depth report about LOOTING that concerns millions of Americans (since the looting in Iraq does NOT).
23 posted on 04/11/2003 11:25:20 AM PDT by Freedom'sWorthIt
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To: big bad easter bunny
"Hearing about all these libs bitching about looting in Iraq made old memories about our own looters coming to mind when the Clinton regime fled the White House".

An "I'm glad I'm not the only person that remembers this" BUMP!

24 posted on 04/11/2003 2:20:33 PM PDT by Pagey (Hillary Rotten is a Smug , Holier-Than-Thou Socialist)
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