Three years before the 2016 election, the Democratic Party is touting former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton as our next president, but she’s displayed a pattern of lies and deceit that makes her far from an ideal candidate.
The following are but a few examples, but are my top five so far:
Whitewater involved both Clintons in a land development deal, which eventually became closely aligned with a small local bank purchased by Clinton confidante James McDougal. Federal regulators eventually questioned the bank’s loose investments and lending practices, including money that was allegedly improperly withdrawn from depositors’ accounts to help pay off Clinton campaign debts.
Quoting a 2000 Wall Street Journal editorial, ThinkFY noted:
“Just as Bill could have settled the Paula Jones case, the Clintons could have chosen to out the Whitewater mess and move on, for example by waiving privileges. Instead, the Clintons and their lawyers established an ethos of stonewalls, shady statements, slick lawyering, witness intimidation, and rhetorical assaults on public servants. The key players either kept quiet or were completely discredited by a brutal White House attack machine.”
Seven White House travel office employees were fired during the first year of the Clinton administration, accused of mismanagement. Then-White House spokeswoman Dee Dee Myers hinted at criminal activity and claimed the former employees were under FBI investigation.
Critics have charged that the entire affair was a ruse so the seven could be replaced with friends of the Clintons.
Just like Whitewater and many other scandals, the venial sin, many believe, was in the act — the mortal sin was the cover-up.
“There is ‘substantial evidence’ that First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton lied under oath in denying that she played a role in the 1993 White House travel office firings, independent counsel Robert W. Ray reported Thursday,” ThinkFY wrote, quoting a Los Angeles Times editorial.
#3: Bosnia sniper claim
During her 2008 presidential bid, Clinton related a “war story” to the press that implied her life was in peril at one instance during her time as first lady.
“I remember landing under sniper fire,” she said, referring to a 1996 trip to Bosnia, according to CBS News. “There was supposed to be some sort of a greeting ceremony at the airport, but instead we just ran with our heads down to get into the vehicles to get to our base.”
CBS News called her out on that one, and it had the footage to prove it. On the video, Clinton and daughter Chelsea could be seen leisurely greeting visitors at the airport. When confronted with the evidence, Clinton claimed she “misspoke.”
One doesn’t misspeak about something like that. The way she’d embellished the details was as total fabrication from start to finish, and she got caught.
When Clinton was a 27-year-old staffer for the House Judiciary Committee and working on the Watergate investigation, a supervisor accused her of writing a fraudulent legal brief and covering her tracks with confiscated public documents. As a result, lifelong Democrat Jerry Zeifman, the committee’s general counsel and chief of staff, said he fired her and refused to provide her a letter of recommendation.
“She was a liar,” Zeifman said, according to the Western Center for Journalism. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”
#1: Benghazi attack
For weeks after the Benghazi terrorist attack that resulted in the loss of four American lives, Clinton referred to the incident as a “spontaneous demonstration” emanating from an anti-Muslim “YouTube video,” even though she had to have known almost from the outset that it was anything but.
Gregory N. Hicks, who served as deputy chief of mission at the U.S. Embassy in Libya, testified that he spoke to Clinton directly during the attack. There was no question that she knew it wasn’t just some demonstration that had gotten out of hand, he said.
When asked how he felt when he saw the false narrative being presented to the country by Clinton and others, Hicks replied, “I’ve never been as embarrassed in my life, in my career as on that day.”
These are but a few in a long list of glimpses into the Clinton character, and they should be remembered when 2016 comes rolling along.
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