Hillary angry caught again, 1997 federal judge ruled White House Justice Dept. coverup, Hillary Clinton supervised work on health plan, Department of Justice succumbed to pressure from White House attorneys
“A Federal judge said today that the White House and the Justice Department had participated in a ”reprehensible” effort to cover up false statements by Ira C. Magaziner, the chief architect of President Clinton’s ill-fated health plan”…NY Times December 19, 2016
“Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.”…FBI Director James Comey
“I watched her on countless occasions blatantly lie to the American people and knowingly lie.”…Linda Tripp
Hillary Clinton is angry.
She has been caught again.
From the NY Times July 8, 2016.
“Hillary Clinton Rejects F.B.I. Claim That She Was ‘Careless’ With Emails”
“Hillary Clinton on Friday rejected the F.B.I.’s assertion that she had been “extremely careless” with classified material as secretary of state, offering her first public comments on the matter since the Justice Department closed its inquiry without bringing charges against her this week.
In interviews on CNN and MSNBC, Mrs. Clinton tried to put the controversy surrounding her use of a private email server to rest, brushing off a rebuke from James Comey, the F.B.I. director, who had criticized her for being negligent.
Although Mr. Comey, in a congressional hearing on Thursday, pointed out several contradictions between what Mrs. Clinton had said publicly about her email use and what she said in sworn testimony, Mrs. Clinton insisted Friday that she did not intentionally send or receive any classified information through her private account. She also appeared to be spreading the responsibility to her State Department staff.
“I think there are about 300 people in the government, mostly in the State Department, but in other high positions in the government with whom I emailed over the course of four years — they, I believe, did not believe they were sending any material that was classified,” Mrs. Clinton said on CNN. “They were pursuing their responsibilities. I do not think they were careless.”
She added, “And as I have said many times, I certainly did not believe that I received or sent any material that was classified.””
Once again, history is repeating.
From the NY Times December 19, 1997.
“Judge Rules Government Covered Up Lies on Panel”
“A Federal judge said today that the White House and the Justice Department had participated in a ”reprehensible” effort to cover up false statements by Ira C. Magaziner, the chief architect of President Clinton’s ill-fated health plan, and the judge ordered the Government to pay a penalty of more than $285,000.
The judge said Mr. Magaziner and the Clinton Administration had been ”dishonest” in describing the secret procedures used to develop the President’s health care proposals in 1993. Mr. Magaziner said at the time that the proposals were devised entirely by a group of Federal employees, who were not subject to laws requiring open meetings or public disclosure of their working papers.
In the ruling today, the climax of five years of litigation between doctors and the Clinton Administration, Judge Royce C. Lamberth of Federal District Court said: ”It is clear that the decisions here were made at the highest levels of Government, and the Government itself is — and should be — accountable when its officials run amok. There were no rogue lawyers here misleading this court.”
Rather, Judge Lamberth said, ”the executive branch of the Government, working in tandem, was dishonest with this court, and the Government must now face the consequences of its misconduct.”
The Administration’s efforts to correct the misstatements were feeble and belated, the judge said.
Joe Lockhart, a White House spokesman, said the Administration had no comment on the ruling. Hillary Rodham Clinton supervised work on the President’s health plan, but Judge Lamberth did not say whether either of them was in any way responsible for the Government’s misconduct.
Mr. Magaziner, who still works at the White House, also refused to comment on the ruling. But in an interview tonight, Mr. Magaziner said, ”My statements were honest, and I did not attempt to mislead anybody.”
Judge Lamberth said ”the Department of Justice succumbed to pressure from White House attorneys” and ”never corrected any of the factual inaccuracies” in Mr. Magaziner’s sworn statements to the court.
”The most outrageous conduct by the Government in this case is what happened when it never corrected or updated the Magaziner declaration,” the judge said, and he added:
”It seems that some Government officials never learn that the cover-up can be worse than the underlying conduct. Most shocking to this court, and deeply disappointing, is that the Department of Justice would participate in such conduct.”
After concluding that the Administration had acted in bad faith, Judge Lamberth declared, ”This type of conduct is reprehensible, and the Government must be held accountable for it.””