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Judicial Watch founder flays Washington

WASHINGTON – This is one book in which no one in Washington or New York wants to see their name.

Legal gadfly Larry Klayman has authored his hit list – full of frontal assaults on people in politics and the media.

Called “WHORES: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment,” it’s a hard-hitting expose about corruption, abuse and lapsed ethics in the U.S. government, judiciary and media.

HarperCollins originally agreed to publish the book – a non-partisan view of why the current political climate is so unscrupulous – but shelved it because it was considered “too hot to handle.”

Klayman says he agrees with the overall discontent about Washington demonstrated in the record numbers of Americans passionately voicing their anger at town hall meetings, and he explains how the country arrived at the crisis it faces today.

Klayman is still known in Washington as the biggest enemy of its elite as the founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch. 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.

Some of the issues Klayman tackles in his new book are:

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 pre-sales 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.

Larry Klayman

“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 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.”

Klayman, a former U.S. Justice Department prosecutor, is the only lawyer ever to have obtained a court ruling that a U.S. president committed a crime. Klayman made a name for himself suing Bill and Hillary Clinton, George W. Bush, Dick Cheney and foreign dictators such as Castro, Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Last month, Klayman encountered the aftermath of an alleged assault on a protester in New York City by a member of Iran’s U.N. mission. Previously, Klayman served Ahmadinejad with a lawsuit, alleging torture by his regime, while the Iranian leader was in New York for the U.N. General Assembly.