As speculation that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will run for president in 2016 heats up, the question that must be asked is: Hillary 2016, prison or POTUS?
Recently, the Washington Free Beacon reported on statements found in archival documents by one of Hillary Clinton’s closest friends, Diane Blair, painting a portrait of Hillary as a ruthless first lady.
Without question ruthless is an accurate description, except not only is Hillary ruthless, she is lawless.
As former civil servant Linda Tripp of Bill Clinton’s impeachment fame recounted to this journalist during the Clintons’ last year in the White House, Hillary was behind the unlawful 1993 travel office firings, “siccing the FBI on them.”
The Clinton White House fired travel office director Billy Dale and other staffers under the guise of “sloppy accounting” to allegedly give the business to their friends from Arkansas. The staffers were innocent of any wrongdoing.
Here’s an excerpt from my book, The Whistleblower: How the Clinton White House Stayed in Power to Reemerge in the Obama White House & on the World Stage.
“The people at travel were amazing,” Linda said. “They worked hard, were apolitical. They were there to serve each incumbent and happy to do it.”
Linda with ease recalled [Director of Travel Office] Billy Dale’s pride and honor to serve. “He effortlessly coordinated complex itineraries.” It was his efficiency in times of crisis that really impressed her. “This wasn’t a job, but a career for Billy and his staff,” Linda raved. “All I did was watch in amazement and awe at how they worked.”
Instantly her tone plunged. It was as if I’d been flung to May 19, 1993, to the travel office firings; to what became the first Clinton scandal: Travelgate.
“Billy Dale was escorted out of the White House by the FBI, put into a paneled van with no seats and told to sit on the floor the day the Clintons removed him,” Linda vividly recalled. “And I watched Hillary orchestrate that whole thing; siccing the FBI on them, getting them out,” she fumed.
“Careerists, while they’re not political, do serve at the pleasure of the president. All President Clinton had to say was, ‘We’re replacing you.’ It would’ve been unheard of, but was within his legal purview to do.” Instead the Clintons did what Linda said they always did: “Destroy their enemy and ruin them.”
The abrupt travel office firings were triggered by what the Clinton White House claimed were allegations of sloppy accounting. In December 1994, Billy Dale was indicted on two counts of embezzlement. The press went berserk criticizing the new administration.
In its aftermath, five of the staffers were reinstated, and in a self-critical report the White House admitted it “erred and would never again shortcircuit proper legal channels by bypassing the Justice Department in seeking an FBI investigation.”
Hillary described Travelgate with cool indifference as, “perhaps worthy of a two-or-three-week life span, instead, in a partisan political climate, it became the first manifestation of an obsession for investigation that persisted into the millennium.” But for Billy Dale, it wasn’t a partisan manifestation. It was the termination of a thirty-plus-year career, and a fight for his freedom. If convicted, he faced a maximum of twenty years in prison and up to $500,000 in fines.”
Cold, calculated and lawless. But don’t take my word or Linda Tripp’s word for it. Let’s look at what Office of Independent Counsel Special Prosecutor Robert Ray found in his final report regarding Hillary’s sworn Travelgate testimony. Ray concluded that Hillary was “factually inaccurate.”
“The overwhelming evidence establishes that she played a role in the decision to fire the employees,” Ray wrote. “Thus, her statement to the contrary under oath was factually false.”
Factually false? For you or me, that would mean a perjury charge and criminal record for trying to destroy an innocent American who had served honorably under eight administrations and for lying about it. For Hillary, it meant a future as the junior New York senator and then President Barack Obama’s secretary of state.
Tripp became a household name after Matt Drudge of the Drudge Report reported the existence of her tape recordings with Monica Lewinsky. Her tapes exposed President Bill Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky — a White House intern, and his attempted cover-up to fix a court case. The revelations led to the second president in America’s history to face impeachment.< Tripp was not vilified, smeared or indicted on bogus criminal wire-tapping charges because of sex in the Oval office (whereas the prosecutor’s star witness, Monica Lewinsky, was a known perjurer, who signed a false affidavit and played let’s-make-a-deal to avoid jail), rather it was because of what she knew about the earlier investigations.
History is repeating itself.