Politics & Policy

She Knew. Everyone Knew.

The Clinton spin machine drones on.

The media are reporting today that in her new book, Living History, Hillary Clinton claims she believed Bill’s denials of an affair with Monica Lewinsky for some six months. Not until the weekend before his August 17, 1998, grand-jury testimony, when he confessed to her, did she accept the truth.

Hillary writes:

I could hardly breathe. Gulping for air, I started crying and yelling at him, ‘What do you mean? What are you saying? Why did you lie to me? I was furious and getting more so by the second. He just stood there saying over and over again, “I’m sorry. I’m so sorry. I was trying to protect you and Chelsea.”

It was once said of Hillary that she was one of the 100 smartest lawyers in America. Can she actually be this dumb? I think not. This is just the latest in her unending line of deceptions. Everyone knows that Bill Clinton is a serial philanderer — at best. In fact, here’s some of what Hillary — and the rest of the world — knew about Bill before her husband’s August 15, 1998, confession.

Gennifer Flowers: excerpt from January 27, 1992, press conference

“Yes, I was Bill Clinton’s lover for 12 years.” [I lied] “to protect him….The truth is I loved him. Now he tells me to deny it. Well, I’m sick of all the deceits, and I’m sick of all the lies.”

Paula Jones: excerpts from May 6, 1994, complaint in Jones vs. Clinton & Ferguson

Count 20. “[After being escorted to a hotel suite where she was left alone with then-Governor Clinton, Clinton said to Jones] ‘I love the way your hair flows down your back’ and ‘I love your curves.’ While saying these things, Clinton put his hand on Plaintiff’s leg and started sliding it toward the hem of Plaintiff’s culottes. Clinton also bent down to attempt to kiss Jones on the neck.”

Count 21. “Jones exclaimed, ‘What are you doing?’ and escaped from Clinton’s physical proximity by walking away from him. Jones tried to distract Clinton by chatting with him about his wife. Jones later took a seat at the end of the sofa nearest the door. Clinton asked Jones: ‘Are you married?’ She responded that she had a regular boyfriend. Clinton then approached the sofa and as he sat down he lowered his trousers and underwear exposing his erect penis and asked Jones to ‘kiss it.’

Kathleen Wiley: excerpts from March 15, 1998, on CBS’s 60 Minutes

“Then [Bill Clinton] kissed me on my mouth and pulled me closer to him. And … I remember thinking…’what in the world is he doing?’ he touched my breasts with his hand … and he whispered … ‘I’ve wanted to do this ever since I laid eyes on you.’ And … then he took my hand, and he put it on him. And, that’s when I pushed away from him and … decided it was time to get out of there.”

“… When I think back on it, it was kind of like I was watching it in slow motion … And, at the same time … I thought, ‘Well, maybe I ought to just give him a good slap across the face.’ And then I thought, ‘Well, I don’t think you can slap the President of the United States.”’

Hillary knew then, and she knows now, that Bill’s a satyr. Indeed, Hillary was Bill’s top damage-control strategist. It will be interesting to see if Hillary’s book makes it into the fiction section of the nation’s bookstores, where it belongs.

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