On Friday, November 30, C-SPAN aired an interview with former President Clinton on a wide range of topics, including the release of White House records and his impeachment. Here are a few excerpts from his outrageous (and revisionist) remarks:
“I want to push the release of more [White House records], including the request for documents about Hillary’s time in the White House…So I’d like it if the records got out there…but the American people just [need] to know, we’re getting this stuff out there as soon as we can…”
Really? According to a National Archives court filing in Judicial Watch’s lawsuit, “on average, Presidential representatives have required 237 days to complete their review of Clinton Presidential records.”
“I wanted to give all of my records to the 9/11 Commission. I wanted all the support necessary. And we kept meticulous records, and I wanted to give it to them.”
Except, of course, for those records Sandy Berger, Clinton’s National Security Advisor, stole from the National Archives and destroyed.
“There was a request, I think, for all of Hillary’s schedules [by Judicial Watch]. And I think that’ll be out sometime in January.”
The National Archives claims that their review of these schedules will be completed by January 2008. However, archivists claim at that point President Clinton’s representatives must review them and are seeking an indefinite period of time to release. I hope the president is suggesting that he will authorize their release the moment the Archives finishes its review, but I highly doubt it.
“I am not afraid to have my records made public…If there’s anything to be learned by the records, let them show it.”
Amen to that.
“…[Impeachment] was a fight for power…”
Impeachment was a fight for the rule of law. It was about perjury and obstruction of justice by a sitting president. President Clinton admitted to lying under oath and copped a plea deal to avoid criminal prosecution. If not for weak and intimidated Republicans and enabling Democrats, President Clinton would have been removed from power.
“So the public agreed with me…Doesn’t excuse the personal mistake I made, but it was not an impeachable offense...”
In what universe does lying under oath and obstructing justice fail to rise to the standard of “high crimes and misdemeanors? Like O.J., Bill Clinton doesn’t get it, and he never will. The sophisticates tell America that Clinton corruption is passé – given Bill’s dishonest comments, it is terribly current.