Sunday, December 11, 2005

Clintons use the Justice Department to Silence Foes >link<

The link above is to a column by Tony Snow over at concerning the fight Dems have been waging to prevent publication of certain parts of a report by Independent Counsel David Barrett concerning his investigation into a scandal that, initially at least, involve Henry Cisneros, former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for President Clinton.

At issue was the publication of a report by David Barrett, an independent counsel who has spent the better part of a decade looking into some of the most hair-raising allegations of presidential malfeasance in American history.

This seems like old news and rather boring...another minor scandal during the Clinton administration. But there is more to it...MUCH more.

He found unsettling evidence that Justice Department officials were actively interfering with the probe and even conducting surveillance of Barrett and his office. Worse, there were indications that Team Clinton was using key players at the IRS and Justice to harass, frighten and threaten people who somehow got in the former president's way.

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By all accounts, the 400-page Barrett report is a bombshell, capable possibly of wiping out Hillary Rodham Clinton's presidential prospects. At the very least, it would bring to public attention a scandal that would make the Valerie Plame affair vanish into comical insignificance.

Democrats know this. Using provisions in the independent-counsel statute that permit people named in a report to review the allegations against them and file rebuttals, attorneys close to the Clintons have spent the better part of five years reviewing every jot and tittle of the charges arrayed against their clients and friends.

The most amazing factor to me is that the Clinton Justice Department was trying to investigate the Independent Counsel and his doubt in an effort to do to them what they did to Ken Starr and his staff...tar and feather them.

This report needs to be made public. The Dems who howl with outrage over the supposed "outing" of Veronica Plame should support the release of this report...the contents of which show abuses that are several orders of magnitude worse than the alleged leaking of a CIA employee's name.


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