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Bend Me, Break Me
The rule of law, under Hillary Clinton.


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Deroy Murdock

America’s chief domestic priority this year is to prevent Hillary Rodham Clinton’s election as president of the United States. Beyond her dreadful ideas, she shares her husband’s allergy to the rule of law and the basic standards of fairness and honesty that most people expect of themselves.

Instead, the Clintons do whatever it takes to accomplish whatever they want. And if normal conduct or even federal statutes interfere, they smash right through them.

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Consider the unfolding controversy over whether Florida’s and Michigan’s delegates will participate in August’s Democratic National Convention. Despite signing a pledge last September 1 (as did Barack Obama) to isolate these renegade states for voting before February 5, as DNC regulations require, the Clintons now want to seat these pro-Hillary delegations. The Clintons are like a sagging baseball team desperately trying to offset its regular-season losses by demanding to count its spring-training victories. Then again, their partnership is a pageant of disdain for the rules.

Hillary Clinton famously turned a $1,000 cattle-futures investment into a $99,540 bovine bonanza in conjunction with Tyson Foods counsel, James Blair, and her REFCO agent, Red Bone. When investors sued it for fraud, REFCO brokers Bill McCurdy and Steven Johns testified that they backdated transaction slips after hours, behind locked doors. They allocated gains to favored customers’ accounts and losses to the portfolios of less-connected dupes. This occurred June 27, 1979 — Hillary’s most profitable trading day. After she collected her 9,954 percent return on investment, Governor Bill Clinton’s administration secured Tyson at least $9 million in state loans and special permission to dump chicken waste into local rivers.

As First Lady, Clinton concocted her notorious health care nationalization scheme with a public/private task force behind closed doors, thus violating the 1972 open-meetings law, the Federal Advisory Committee Act.

After White House Deputy Counsel Vincent Foster died from a gunshot to the head in Fort Marcy Park near Washington on July 20, 1993, his office should have remained sealed for forensic purposes. Yet, two days later, “After speaking with the first lady, I arranged for the files [the Clintons’ personal financial records in Foster’s office] to be temporarily kept in a locked closet in the White House residence,” Maggie Williams — Hillary’s then-chief of staff and current campaign manager — told the Senate Whitewater Committee July 26, 1995. The Clintons’ personal attorney, Robert Barnett, took control of these files five days later. White House lawyer Clifford Sloan’s contemporaneous notes support Williams’ account: “Get Maggie. Go through office. Get HRC-WJC stuff.” Presidential attorney Stephen Neuwirth testified that his boss, White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum, said “the first lady” worried that law-enforcement officials would have “unfettered access” to Foster’s office.

One hundred and sixteen pages of subpoenaed billing records from Clinton’s days at Little Rock’s Rose Law Firm magically materialized at the White House in January 1996, — just four days after a statute of limitations expired, thus sparing her from potential civil liability for advising Madison Guaranty, a failed bank whose collapse cost taxpayers $60 million.

For his part, Bill Clinton successfully perjured himself in the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit. While Clinton apologists still claim this was “just about sex,” Jones’s case, and the entire Monica Lewinsky matter, revolved around whether the president could evade every American’s legal duty to tell the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth while testifying under oath. Clinton skirted this rule, too. His disbarment granted this outrage a minimally just denouement.

As they departed the White House, the Clintons fled with furniture, lamps, prints, and other items totaling $28,000. After an enormous public outcry, the former first grifters returned this truckload of public property swiped from the Executive Mansion.

Today, Clinton’s tax returns remain concealed, while Barack Obama released his. How did she “loan” her campaign $5 million last January? Voters need such answers now, not after Election Day, especially since Bill Clinton’s speech and business income enhances their combined wealth. How better to befriend a potential American president than to funnel cash to her husband?

Clinton’s insistence on seating the Florida and Michigan delegations — never mind her pledge to “bring finality, predictability and common sense to the nominating calendar” and boycott these states if they subverted the process — confirms how she and her husband will leave no corner uncut to advance their naked ambition.

She must be stopped. Florida and Michigan knowingly and deliberately violated Democratic-party procedures, and now must endure the consequences. For once, Hillary Clinton also must obey the rules, just as her John Hancock promised.

– Deroy Murdock is a New York-based columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution.

© 2008 Scripps Howard News Service



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