(The Hill) -- In 1999, I published a book describing my experiences as White House special counsel in dealing mostly with the various campaign finance accusations against the 1996 Clinton presidential campaign during my tenure at the White House, from 1996 to 1998. I recalled all the bogus controversies revved up by Republican congressional committees and described as “scandals” by the media, from Travelgate to Filegate and even one involving the Clintons’ Christmas card list (I am not making that up).
But we may have forgotten the biggest phony “scandal” story of all: the Clintons’ investment in a 20-year-old land deal called Whitewater.
The story began with a front-page article in March 1992 in The New York Times. For the next eight years, two independent counsels spent more than $50 million to end up with the conclusion, in September 2000, that there was “insufficient evidence” President Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton had committed any crimes. Five years before, a conservative former U.S. attorney, Jay Stevens, had gone even further and exonerated the Clintons from all serious charges of wrongdoing.
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