A legal watchdog group has filed a complaint against Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., with the Senate Ethics Committee, alleging that the former first lady and junior senator and her husband, former President Bill Clinton, may have illegally accepted more than $190,000 worth of personal gifts.
Upon leaving the White House after President George W. Bush’s Jan. 20 inauguration, the Clintons filed financial disclosure statements listing “gifts, china and furniture that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton will benefit from and enjoy for her personal use,” said a statement detailing the complaint, released yesterday by the Washington, D.C.-based Judicial Watch.
“Senate rules, standards of conduct and federal law all have strict provisions concerning the illegal or improper solicitation and acceptance of gifts,” the statement said, urging the “Senate Ethics Committee to investigate Sen. Clinton’s conduct and arrive at an appropriate remedy.”
“Sen. Clinton’s acceptance of these gifts goes beyond crass,” commented Judicial Watch president and chief counsel, Larry Klayman.
“Hillary Clinton’s disregard of Senate gift rules and standards of conduct appears to be a violation of law,” added Tom Fitton, the group’s president.
Judicial Watch has a history of lawsuits against Clinton administration officials over charges stemming from a rash of issues during the eight-year scandal-plagued presidency.
Some political analysts questioned whether the complaint had merit because Sen. Clinton may have received most of the gifts during her tenure as first lady. The Senate ethics rules covering gifts may not apply to her, they said.