Larry Klayman, the relentless litigator who has spent decades battling corruption in politics, government and business – and remains the only lawyer ever to have obtained a court ruling that a U.S. president committed a crime – allowed D.C. insiders a moment to breathe when he focused on an unsuccessful U.S. Senate campaign from Florida in 2004, but now he’s back inside the Beltway, ready for more.
Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and, more recently, Freedom Watch USA, has moved back to Washington, D.C., to focus on the Capitol’s culture of corruption, which he says is so bad, he told CNN’s Lou Dobbs, “I’ve never seen it like this.”
Pointing to the international economic crisis and what he labels the failures of three successive administrations, Klayman told C-SPAN’s Bill Scanlan, “It’s clear that something’s gone wrong, and what’s gone wrong is the club in Washington has not served the American people; it’s served itself.”
Klayman is still known in Washington as the biggest enemy of the city’s elite. His battles against corruption in the Clinton administration became so well-known that a character in the hit TV series “West Wing” was based on him, Harry Klaypool.
But Klayman’s fight against corruption hasn’t been waged through partisan glasses. The attorney also filed lawsuits against George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, and more recently he’s taken on Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez and sued Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over human-rights violations.
Now back in D.C., Klayman has hinted his next lawsuit may target Obama’s health-care overhaul and the internal documents that could expose how Democrats put the plan together.
Klayman returns to Washington with a new book, “Whores: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment,” an expose about corruption, abuse and lapsed ethics in the U.S. government, judiciary and media.
HarperCollins originally agreed to publish the book – a nonpartisan view of why the current political climate is so unscrupulous – but shelved it because it was considered “too hot to handle.”
“I have never engaged in the services of a prostitute, but I have encountered a lot of whores in my career – people and interests that will sell out their nation, if not their family, for money, power and fame,” writes Klayman. “Unfortunately, such people exist at the highest level of all three branches of government, as well as in the media.”
Some of the issues Klayman tackles in his new book are:
- How the incompetence and corruption of the Clintons, Bush and Cheney left the nation and world in ruins and delivered a socialist like Obama
- How Monica Lewinsky actually did Hillary Clinton a favor and kept her out of jail
- The inherent racism in the Clinton, Bush and now Obama administrations
- Why the U.S. judiciary is largely compromised and a corrupt cesspool of political hacks and “yes-men”
- Why Hillary Clinton is afraid to speak out for her gay, liberal supporters
- Why high oil prices by the Saudis, other Arab states and Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez are rubber-stamped and approved by all American presidents
Judith Regan of ReganBooks, an imprint of HarperCollins, originally signed “WHORES” in the fall of 2007 but put the book on hold. The publisher announced a December 2008 release and presales began to flow on Amazon and on Klayman’s Freedom Watch website. But a short while later, HarperCollins notified Klayman the book had been canceled.
“I could only guess that Rupert Murdoch, the owner of HarperCollins, had killed the book ex post facto,” Klayman said. “Given my criticism of his network, Fox News … I figured he had something to do with pulling the plug.”
Klayman concluded, “In any case, Murdoch and Harper had apparently decided that ‘WHORES’ was too hot to handle.”
Piero Rivolta, publisher of New Chapter, an internationally-known businessman and author, said he took on the book because he believes freedom is not only a right but a duty.
“In these trying times, we need to encourage candid and creative thought for the good of the nation,” he said. “I believe that ‘WHORES’ is the kind of cutting-edge book that will wake people up, provoke important thought and dialogue.”
Eric Kampmann, president of Midpoint Trade Books, the national distributor for “WHORES,” said Klayman’s expose of corruption comes at just the right time, with confidence in Washington plummeting.
“Klayman names names and pulls no punches,” he said. “It is no secret that Larry Klayman is feared and hated in Washington, which is why the reading public will love him.”