Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Barrett Report being squashed by Bill, Hillary Clinton?

"Hillary Clinton said today that she wants legislation to allow all ex-felons to vote. See, this way all the Clinton'’s former business partners can vote for her in 2008." —— Jay Leno
The scandals surrounding the Clinton administration go far beyond any skeletons in a closet. From Ken Starr's investigation and the Monica Lewinsky saga to Waco and the bombing of the Chinese embassy in Belgrade, it was (and continues to be) The Clintongate Administration.

In a December 20 blog entry I highlighted how a report by Independent Counsel David Barrett may cause Hillary Clinton to forgo her presidential aspirations when if it is released.

The Neo Con Blogger reports that "... David Barrett, the last remaining U.S. independent counsel ... has spent $21 million on the investigation of former Housing Secretary Henry Cisneros, who lied to FBI investigators about hush money paid to an ex-mistress. The reason the report and the investigation have taken so long is that allies to Cisneros and the legal team of former President Bill Clinton at the powerhouse Washington law firm of Williams and Connolly have fought its progress in court at every step."

(Williams and Connolly is "the same firm that Bill Clinton used to help him through Whitewater, Monica Lewinski, and his famous redefinition of the word 'is'.")

Neo Con Blogger adds that "Clinton-sympathetic judges have sealed everything concerned with the case, including Barrett's report." What's being squashed are "shocking allegations of high-level corruption in the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department under Clinton, which Barrett found as Clinton aides monitored his investigation and sought to derail it in order to cover up the Cisneros matter."

Among ways the Democrats have tried to stymie the report, according to the Neo Con Blogger, include an IRS official transferring the investigation to Washington for prompt burial by the Justice Department and "a recently passed appropriations bill, intended to permit release of this report, was altered by Democrats behind closed doors to ensure that its politically combustible elements never see the light of day."

It should be pointed out that FOXNews' coverage the report is virtually nonexistent. Primary coverage of it comes from The Tony Snow Show. On more than one instance Tony accuses senators Byron Dorgan, John Kerry and Richard Durbin of trying "to bury forever documents alleging that senior government officials tried to transform portions of the IRS and the Justice Department into a goon squad for attacking political enemies and aiding political friends." He explains how Dorgan tried to attach an amendment to the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations bill, which is intended to continue funding military operations in Iraq.

In additional reporting Tony describes how "... 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."

Robert Novak seconds the sentiments with his December 15, 2005, column in which he claims that the reports' "political significance [is the] shocking allegations of high-level corruption in the Internal Revenue Service and Justice Department [and they] are likely to be concealed from the public and from Congress." Despite the Democrats attempts to send the Barrett report to an early demise, Novak believes that "Sen. Chuck Grassley will still try to force its release. As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee with oversight of the IRS, he wants the first real investigation of the tax agency."

Human Events Online believes the Barrett report has drawn the ire of "three of the toughest Democrats in Congress: Sen. Carl Levin, Sen. Byron Dorgan and Rep. Henry Waxman. At the same time, the powerhouse Washington law firm of Williams & Connolly representing not only Cisneros but also the Clintons — was filing multiple suits with federal appellate judges supervising the independent counsel. The sympathetic judges sealed everything concerned with the case, including the report. Barrett was instructed to remain deathly silent on pain of criminal prosecution."

Despite attempts at revisionist history (see also, Hillary Becomes A Revisionist ... Again), the Billary presidency was corrupt and it continues today. It will be interesting to see the tricks and tactics the Clintons will use to continue their "political legacy." They're almost smoother than a Bill Clinton apology.

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