Sen. Clinton on the Libby commutation

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on July 3, 2007

You can cut the hypocrisy with knife.

Ms Clinton, a frontrunner in the Democratic race for the presidency, said she was incensed by the move.

"What we saw today was elevating cronyism over the rule of law. And what we saw today was further evidence that this administration has no regard whatsoever for what needs to be held sacred," she told the BBC.

A little tap on the way back button brings us to Travelgate.

The White House travel office controversy, often referred to as Travelgate, was the first major scandal of the Clinton administration. It began in May 1993, when seven longtime employees of the White House Travel Office were fired, after a brief involvement by Federal Bureau of Investigation. The White House said the action was due to financial improprieties in the office operation. Critics said the actions were done to allow friends of the Clintons to take over the travel business and that the involvement of the FBI was unwarranted. Heavy media attention forced the White House to reinstate most of the employees in other jobs and remove the Clinton associates from the travel role.

Investigations by the FBI and the Justice Department, the White House itself, the General Accounting Office, the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee, and the Whitewater Independent Counsel all took place over the subsequent years. Travel Office Director Billy Dale was charged with embezzlement but found not guilty at trial in 1995. First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton gradually came under scrutiny for having played a central role in the firings and not making true statements about her role in it.

In 1998 Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr exonerated President Bill Clinton of any involvement in the matter. In 2000 Independent Counsel Robert Ray issued his final report on Travelgate, stating that Hillary Clinton had made factually false statements but saying there was insufficient evidence to prosecute her.

Well, at least she knows of what she speaks.

If Sen. Clinton wins the nomination, she's in big trouble in the general election. The media and her opponents have not bothered to bring up some of the more unsavory aspects of the first Clinton administration -- it's something that the GOP and conservative 527s won't hesitate to do.

Heck, some intrepid reporter might even have the gall to bring up the fact that her husband pardoned the alleged co-conspirator of her national campaign chairman.


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