By Hugh Turley
Both presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could agree that something is “fishy” about the latest media coverage about the death of Vince Foster on July 20, 1993.
On June 2, 2016, a news story in the Daily Mail seemed designed to attract a right-wing audience by blaming Hillary Clinton for the suicide of Vince Foster. The “exclusive” story by Ronald Kessler claimed Hillary “attacked and humiliated [Foster] in front of other White House aides a week before he took his own life.”
The story quickly spread among conservative news outlets and was repeated by Rush Limbaugh. No one bothered to verify if the story was true. At time of the alleged humiliation of Vince Foster, one week before his death, Hillary Clinton was traveling in Asia and Hawaii.
The New York Times and AP reported on Mrs. Clinton’s trip to the G-7 Summit in Tokyo with the President and her mother in early July. She remained after President Clinton returned to Washington and was joined by Chelsea and two of her friends in Hawaii. This is well-documented in Hillary’s book “Living History.” Lisa Caputo, press secretary to Hillary Clinton, testified to the Senate that she was with the first lady in Los Angeles on July 20 on their return trip from Hawaii and Japan.
The story by Kessler published in the Daily Mail and repeated by Clinton’s opponents was not new. Kessler first wrote this story in 2011, in his book “The Secrets of the FBI and later in 2014 in The First Family Detail: Secret Service agents reveal the hidden lives of presidents.”
Former FBI agent Coy Copeland was the senior investigator who read the reports of other agents. According to Copeland, what never came out publicly was that the agents learned that about a week before his death, Hillary Clinton and Foster, who was her mentor at the Rose law Firm in Little Rock, held a meeting to go over the health care legislation she was proposing. Those who were present told the FBI agents working for Starr that Hillary violently disagreed with a legal objection Foster raised at the meeting and humiliated Foster in front of aides, Copeland says.
“Hillary put him down really, really bad in a pretty good-size meeting,” Copeland says. “She told him he didn’t get the picture, and he would always be a little hick-town lawyer who was obviously not ready for the big time.”
Based on what “dozens” of others who had contact with Foster after that meeting told the agents, “The put-down that she gave him in that big meeting just pushed him over the edge,” Copeland says. “It was the final straw that broke the camel’s back.”
Clearly, Foster might have decided to commit suicide regardless. But based on the FBI investigation, this episode a week before his suicide triggered his decision to end his life. Asked why he excluded it from his report Starr did not respond.”
Kessler also wrote:
“Foster was profoundly depressed, but Hillary lambasting him was the final straw because she publicly embarrassed him in front of others,” says former FBI supervisory agent Jim Clemente, who was also assigned by the FBI to the Starr investigation and who probed the circumstances surrounding Foster’s suicide. Speaking about the investigation for the first time, Clemente says, “Hillary blamed him for failed nominations, claimed he had not vetted them properly, and said in front of White House colleagues, ‘You’re not protecting us’ and ‘You have failed us.’ That was the final blow.”
Family members, friends, and aides told FBI agents that after that meeting Foster’s behavior changed dramatically. … Foster was already depressed, and no one can explain a suicide in rational terms. But the FBI investigation concluded that it was Hillary’s vilification of Foster in front of other White House aides, coming on top of his depression, that triggered Foster’s suicide about a week later, Copeland and Clemente both say.
Patrick Knowlton and I examined over 20,000 pages documents from the Vince Foster death investigation, including scores of FBI handwritten notes and interview reports of friends, family and co-workers of Foster. Many of these FBI documents that we reviewed at the National Archives were unredacted. We never saw any mention of a meeting a week before Foster’s death with Hillary, Foster and other staff present, not even a tele-conference.
The FBI has been covering up the murder of Vince Foster with the help of the news media since 1993. FBI agents have falsified interview reports to make it appear Foster’s car was at Fort Marcy Park when it was not. Grand jury witness Patrick Knowlton was harassed and intimidated before his testimony.
This latest FBI ruse is particularly bold because it clearly is not true that Hillary was at a White House meeting with Foster a week before his death.
The FBI participated in the Park Police investigation, the Fiske investigation and the Starr investigation. Although the Senate technically did not conduct a death investigation, the FBI participated in the Senate hearings, too.
The cover-up of the murder of a White House official is a crime against society and the American people. The cover-up of the murder of Vince Foster should concern both Democrats and Republicans.
This case is important because it proves, most shockingly, that the public cannot rely on the press to keep government honest.
The latest attempt to cover up the murder unfairly blames Mrs. Clinton for causing a suicide, when she clearly did not. Trump, who has been opposed by establishment Republicans that have long ignored Foster’s murder, should not be silent.
The proof of the cover-up is found in Ken Starr’s report on the death of Vince Foster. The U.S. Court of Appeals that appointed Starr ordered him to include evidence of the cover-up, over his objection, in his own report, as an appendix. It is stated in the appendix to the report, “the FBI concealed the true facts surrounding Mr. Foster’s death” and “the FBI obstructed justice in this matter.”
The news of this historic appendix to the Independent Counsel’s report has been suppressed by the news media since 1997 when it was made public. It is available at university libraries and online at FBIcover-up.com.
Hugh Turley, with John H. Clarke and Patrick Knowlton, co-authored the final 20 pages of Ken Starr’s Report on Vince Foster’s death. The court ordered Starr, over his objection, to include the comments in his report. Their website is FBIcover-up.com.