White House intervened in Travelgate hearings
Oct. 8, 1998: In an unprecedented effort to control the direction of questioning and flow of testimony during Travelgate hearings, White House counsel went so far as to prepare special scripts for Democrats on a congressional investigative committee — enabling members to ask friendly witnesses approved questions and to fend off potentially embarrassing ones, WND learned.
“Extensively detailed briefing papers and a series of questions … were prepared to script the Democrat members of the [House] Committee on Government Reform and Oversight” – the Oversight Committee said in its 186-page report: Investigation of the White House Travel Office Firings and Related Matters.
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“Such meticulous executive branch scripting for congressional hearings is something even the Nixon White House did not dare to undertake,” the committee observed.
“This is a huge issue,” researcher Ray Morton told WND. “The public and the press are talking about Bill and Monica – but here’s Clinton and his cronies taking over Congress – intervening in its affairs and investigative work.”
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