Skip to comments.Hil's lawyers try to quash old report (Clintons ordered IRS audits of critics)
Posted on 10/03/2005 3:48:07 AM PDT by jimbo123
WASHINGTON - The independent counsel investigation that led to the conviction of a former Clinton administration housing chief could come back to haunt Sen. Hillary Clinton. The Daily News has learned that lawyers are fighting to suppress a potentially embarrassing final report from the probe that found Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros lied to the FBI about paying $250,000 in hush money to his ex-mistress.
Cisneros paid a $10,000 fine after he was found guilty in 1999 and was later pardoned by Bill Clinton. And though neither Hillary Clinton nor her husband was targeted by independent counsel David Barrett, his 420-page final report sent to a special court 13 months ago will include alleged abuses of power by his administration, sources told The News.
After Cisneros was convicted, Barrett started looking into allegations that the IRS and Justice Department aides stymied a tax fraud case against the disgraced Housing and Urban Development secretary and audited Clinton critics.
Ex-IRS Commissioner Peggy Richardson, who remains a close friend of the Clintons, is among the officials cited in the report, sources said.
Lawyers at the Washington firm Williams and Connolly who work for Cisnero and both Clintons have argued to judges overseeing the case that allegations of illegal activity, for which no charges were filed, should be snipped before the report is made public.
The court secretly granted another delay last month, a source said.
Barrett refused to comment on the case, but told The News that he's eager to wrap things up.
"The report was filed over a year ago, but there are still matters ... that have to be resolved by the judges before they decide when it can be published," he said. "The decision rests entirely with the court."
In April, Sens. John Kerry (D-Mass.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Byron Dorgan (D-N.D.) tried to ax the probe - which has cost $22 million, including $1 million for the first six months of this year - by cutting Barrett's budget, saying it's a waste of money, but Republicans stopped them.
Williams and Connolly has since tried to quash the report, which probably would be released amid Clinton's 2006 Senate reelection bid.
Clinton lawyer David Kendall declined comment.
The report may soon be public, and people who have read it say the worst suspicions about the IRS will be confirmed.
Paging Bill O'Rielly...he claims he was audited several times during the Clinton Admin..
A "culture of corruption"?
Dems try to kill Clinton probe
WASHINGTON - Senate Democrats are quietly trying to kill a 10-year legal probe that implicates several senior Clinton administration appointees for obstruction of justice, the Daily News has learned.
"It's about obstruction of justice," said one of the sources. "People are willing to take drastic actions to kill this report."
I can see the campaign commercials now...
any IRS agents or court employees out there??
One man who doesnt have to worry about the IRS is Jesse Jackson. The IRS hasnt got the guts to audit him no matter who is president. A poor boy who extorted his way to being a millionaire.
No wonder the dems are going after President Bush and his top aides. They know there is some bad news about some of their own. Of course, the MSM will not make a big deal out of this story, it wouldn't reflect well on Hillary.
"Hmmmmm ... what's in this FBI file...?"
Don't count on seeing any of this in ANY media. Bush will kill the final report to 'protect the stature of the Presidency' and no Republican politician has the guts to take on the Clintons on any corruption charge. Name one national or state
'leader' who has stood up to ANY of the Democrat lies or corruption. The national 'leaders' ran defense for the Democrats in Congress when the memo detailing how the Dems were going to block any Bush SC nominee' Name one that would publicly support this kind of report - Frist? Hastert? Spectre? McCain? Bush? Delay? Rudy?
Oh, yes I do know I misspelled Spectre.
Bingo, you have shown me again, that there are NO coincidences in the ugly world of dem politics.
Not being able to see what is written on this report is reason enough to make me wonder who is in charge of the government. Is it we, the people, or is it they, the officials? Let it all hang out and spread some sunshine on it...maybe there isn't anything in it, but then again, where there is smoke is usually some real fire to be found.
But that was the OLD Hildebeast. Now we have the NEW Hildebeast who is completely different! </disgusted sarcasm>
Of course, there's something there. Even the little we've seen is damning.
This doesn't mean that she should step down from senator does it???
If DeLay has to step down from his position, why not thunder thighs????
Because the Senate Democratic caucus didn't think it was a good idea to make that part of their rules. They actually THOUGHT the Republicans might use it to embarass her heinous by making some frivolous charges.
Flood them with FOIA requests for this report.
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