Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and, more recently, Freedom Watch USA, says he’s never seen a climate of corruption in Washington like the current situation.
“I’ve never seen it like this,” Klayman said in an interview about his new book on Lou Dobbs’ CNN show.
Called “WHORES: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment,” Klayman’s book is 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, whose battles with Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch USA have included the “Chinagate” scandal during the Clinton administration, in which some of the nation’s top technology was shipped to China at the same time considerable campaign donations were coming from that nation, said it’s a case of bad government just getting worse.
He said President Obama now is on a march toward appeasement around the world.
Klayman told Dobbs the government reminded him of a situation years ago in which Washington, D.C., police wanted to rid the streets of prostitutes, so they “herded” them over a bridge to Virginia. The result, he said, was they just came back over the same bridge.
He called for a return to the idea of exceptionalism: that the U.S. is exceptional in its abilities and responsibilities.
“We can’t simply let the world drift [without a leader],” he said.
Klayman’s 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.
Since then, he’s taken on legal challenges such as the international terrorism of Hugo Chavez and sued Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad over the terror he’s sponsored in his own nation.
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 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.
“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 and Dick Cheney.
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.