NEW YORK – The Obama administration continues to suppress at least 12 versions of a 451-page draft indictment charging Hillary Clinton with criminal misconduct in the Whitewater case, according to an index in the National Archives obtained in a Freedom of Information Act request by the Washington-based watchdog Judicial Watch.
One of the indictments specifically lists “overt acts” allegedly committed by the former first lady.
It follows Judicial Watch’s release on Jan. 28 of 246 pages of previously undisclosed internal memos from Ken Starr’s Office of Independent Council investigation in 1998. The memos showed prosecutors had evidence that Hillary Clinton and her associate Webb Hubbell at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Arkansas, were guilty of criminal fraud in the Whitewater affair.
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Judicial Watch said the newly released documents also show Clinton and Hubbell engaged in a criminal cover-up conspiracy that included destroying material documents and lying under oath to federal authorities. Their efforts, Judicial Watch said, were aimed at preventing the Whitewater affair from denying Bill Clinton the White House in 1992 and from derailing his presidency in its first term.
“From the public record, we know that the Whitewater case centered around whether Mrs. Clinton, while first lady, lied to federal investigators about her role in the corrupt Arkansas [savings and loan], concealed documents (including material under federal subpoena) and took other steps to cover-up her involvement,” Judicial Watch said.
Federal prosecutors ultimately decided not to indict Hillary Clinton, concluding they could not win the complicated, largely circumstantial case against such a high-profile figure.
Judicial Watch has insisted that a thorough examination of Hillary Clinton’s past will find a history of lying to federal investigators while aggressively taking steps to hide, destroy or cover-up evidence that might incriminate her in her role with the Rose Law Firm in Arkansas. The cover-up, Judicial Watch said, has continued through her tenure as first lady, her term as U.S. senator from New York, her service as secretary of state under President Obama and her current presidential run.
Judicial Watch charged in a March 16 statement:
The secret server scandal and the unmistakable odor of financial impropriety at the Clinton Foundation are just the latest in a long train of ethical abuses, from Mrs. Clinton’s marvelously profitable cattle commodity trades, to the Whitewater Development Co., Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan, Arkansas corruption, the Travel Office Affair, the missing Rose Law Firm billing records, the missing Vincent Foster records, withheld White House records, witness intimidation, the 1996 campaign finance scandal, pimping out the Lincoln Bedroom, illegal money flow from China, criminal convictions of Clinton associates in Arkansas and Washington, a war on duly appointed federal prosecutors, Monica Lewinsky, lies under oath and the abuse of the presidential power of the pardon.
An April 20, 1998, memo by the “HRC (Hillary Rodham Clinton) Team” addressed to “All OIC Attorneys” outlines the conclusions reached by the federal prosecutors:
- Hillary Clinton’s legal work at the Rose Law Firm with Webb Hubbell included a criminal scheme to defraud a local savings and loan bank arranging fraudulent loan purchases in a real estate transaction known as “Castle Grande.”
- The criminal fraud committed by Clinton and Hubbell was further complicated by a criminal cover-up scheme.
- The criminal cover-up perpetrated by Clinton and Hubbell was accomplished by the following acts: (1) destroying legal files regarding the fraudulent transaction; (2) lying under oath to federal investigators, including the FDIC and Congress; (3) removing incriminating records from Vince Foster’s office after his death; and (4) destroying other records, including Rose Law Firm records that would provide incriminating evidence against Clinton and Hubbell in the Whitewater scandal.
The memo said that during the 1992 campaign for president, media inquires caused Hillary Clinton, Hubbell and Foster to collect additional Rose Law Firm records related to Hillary Clinton’s work for Madison Guarantee Savings and Loan.
Judicial Watch said Clinton’s subsequent concealment of her role in the fraudulent transaction, including the hiding of her Rose Law Firm billing records concerning her legal work for Madison, were the subject of an Office of Independent Council, or OIC, obstruction of justice probe.
Finally, Judicial Watch found that the 1998 memo included substantial evidence Clinton and her former Rose Law Firm partners Hubbell and Foster – both of whom went on to senior positions in the Bill Clinton presidency – as complicit in activities that “facilitated crimes.”
Whitewater: The cover-up continues
The memo dated April 20, 1998, further confirmed that when Foster died, on or about July 20, 1993, Hillary Clinton, most likely with the complicity of White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum, removed from Foster’s office Whitewater-related documents that Clinton did not want disclosed to the public.
Subsequently, Clinton managed to move the documents to a hiding place adjacent to her White House office, where they were found two years after Foster died.
- Removal of records from Vincent Foster’s office. “[O]n the afternoon of July 21st Bernard Nussbaum, then White House Counsel, initially agreed to allow two career DOJ employees to review the documents in Foster’s office for evidence that might shed light on the cause of his death. That evening and the next morning Nussbaum, Hillary Clinton, Susan Thomases, and Maggie Williams (Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff) exchanged 10 separate phones calls. … That morning, according to the DOJ employees, Nussbaum changed his mind and refused to allow the DOJ prosecutors to review the documents; instead, he reviewed them himself and segregated several as ‘personal’ to the Clintons.”
- Hiding the billing records. “On the evening of July 22nd, Thomas Castleton … assisted Williams [Maggie Williams, Hillary Clinton chief of staff] in carrying a box of personal documents up to … a closet in Hillary Clinton’s office. The closet is approximately 30 feet from the table in the Book Room, where the billing records were found 2 years later. … There is a circumstantial case that the records were left on the table by Hillary Clinton. She is the only individual in the White House who had a significant interest in them and she is one of only 3 people known to have had them in her possession since their creation in February 1992.”
- Buying the silence of a co-conspirator? Hubbell, criticized by the OIC for his lack of cooperation with the probe, received several “jobs” from Clinton supporters for which he apparently did little or no work. During a taped conversation in prison, Hubbell appears to acknowledge that he withheld information from the OIC. Several of Hubbell’s job-providers fell most strongly within the hush money allegation.
- The missing draft indictment. More than 60 pages of the OIC memoranda are completely censored, withheld by the National Archives. Multiple sources tell Judicial Watch that these pages include a full draft indictment of Clinton and Hubbell as well as a detailed “Order of Evidence” list.