Lessons for Trump From the Clinton Scandals


Advisory: Be careful of what you read on social media. The algorithms used by these platforms have no regard for Biblical truth. They target your emotions to keep you engaged on their site so their advertisers can drop more ads. These platforms exist to enrich their stockholders. Consider God’s promise to Believers in James 1:5, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

Featured Story


A generation ago, as the 1992 presidential campaign heated up, The Wall Street Journal asked: “Who Is Bill Clinton?” The country “will get to know, or try to get to know, Bill Clinton and Hillary,” the Journal noted. “The Gennifer Flowers tank has already rumbled by. But where’s the rest of them?”

Not far behind, as it turned out. Eight years of scandal and suspicion followed: Whitewater, Travelgate, the firing of all U.S. attorneys, the death of a White House deputy counsel and the jailing of a Justice Department associate attorney general, vanishing documents, congressional hearings, independent counsels, lurid allegations from Arkansas, 1996 campaign-finance misdeeds, Paula Jones, Monica, impeachment, the Marc Rich pardon.

Today, with his campaign staggering but the presidency perhaps still within his grasp,Donald Trump should consider the central lesson of the Clinton years: Scandal compounded by secrecy blots out the political sun. Opposition to the Clintons quickly coalesced as the media, members of Congress and outside groups seized the moment. The most successful of these opposition efforts—if “success” is measured by impact on the presidency and corruption convictions—focused on matters of law and evidence of criminal behavior. The Whitewater investigation netted 15 corruption convictions, including that of the sitting governor of Arkansas. Four senior Clinton-connected fundraisers went to jail in the campaign-finance scandal, which exposed Chinese attempts to influence the election. Paula Jones’s sexual-harassment lawsuit led to White House intern Monica Lewinsky, which led to President Clinton’s impeachment in the House on charges of perjury and obstruction of justice

Mr. Trump is steering his ship at a similar scandal moment. The sheer velocity of his controversial campaign has served to conflate the areas of possible legal jeopardy in his history with the merely boorish in his behavior. Should he win the presidency, it’s the former that will attract the attention of the investigative axis that is now a permanent feature of life in Washington.

There are three areas of concern he should be addressing now:

*• The tax returns. *Nothing excites the scandal-industrial complex more than withheld documents. If there is a Democratic majority in the Senate next year, the clamor for Mr. Trump’s tax returns will be unceasing. Early in the Whitewater case, top Clinton aides argued for full disclosure: putting out every scrap of paper related to the Whitewater land deal and letting the chips fall where they may.

The Clintons rejected that advice. Whitewater documents dripped out for years, embarrassing the Clintons but failing to prove criminal intent. Mr. Trump got a taste of this with the recent leak of three pages of his 1995 tax returns. For the Clintons it was the coverup, not the crime—particularly the attempts to hide Mrs. Clinton’s subpoenaed Rose Law Firm billing records—that led prosecutors to seriously consider charges against the first lady.

*• The Russian connection. *Mr. Trump’s foreign business dealings evoke another scandal trope: the pattern of conduct. Whitewater, Clinton opponents believe, revealed a pattern of conduct that persisted through the 1996 campaign-finance affair and up to the email and Clinton Foundation scandals of today. Mr. Trump’s business forays into the Soviet Union and Russia date to at least 1987 and he repeatedly brushed up against Kremlin-aligned power brokers and unsavory characters with underworld connections.

In 2008 Donald Trump Jr. told a real-estate conference that “Russians make up a pretty disproportionate cross-section of a lot of our assets” and that “we see a lot of money pouring in from Russia.” In 2013, Mr. Trump and a Russian oligarch with ties to Vladimir Putin brought the Miss Universe pageant to Russia. Mr. Trump should expect investigations into patterns of conduct in his Russia dealings.

 **• Political contributions. **“I’ve given to Hillary,” Mr. Trump said in a January speech, “I’ve given to everybody. Because that was my job. I got to give to them. Because when I want something, I get it.” Such candor likely will come back to haunt him in the corridors of power. In both Whitewater and the campaign-finance affair, Clinton campaign donations came under intense scrutiny by Congress and federal prosecutors.

Mr. Trump made a $25,000 donation to Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Republican, around the time she decided not to join a fraud lawsuit brought against Trump University by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, a Democrat and longtime Trump critic. In 2010 Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, a Republican, also decided not to bring charges against Trump University. Mr. Trump later donated $35,000 to Mr. Abbott’s gubernatorial campaign.

Were the payments illegal quid pro quos in exchange for the attorneys general not pursuing charges against Trump University? The evidence seems thin. But that won’t stop the media and Congress from taking a fine-tooth comb to every donation Mr. Trump has ever made.

Mr. Trump promises it won’t be business as usual if he is elected president. But the same scandal-industrial complex that hemmed in his predecessors will quickly engulf him unless he makes some bold moves.

The most transformative solution would be to embrace radical transparency. Mr. Trump should immediately release his tax returns. He should direct the FBI and CIA to release any files it has on him. He should instruct his lawyers to stop acting like a defense team and embrace freedom-of-information practices. And he should appoint a transparency czar to ensure that his campaign and a future Trump administration will operate in an open and accountable manner. That would be a real revolution in Washington.

A truly transparent, accountable administration-in-waiting would not be just good policy, it would also be good politics. A massive document dump late in the campaign would electrify the media and shift the onus to Mrs. Clinton. The contrast with the secretiveness of the Clinton campaign and the lack of transparency in the Obama administration would be stark.

The Wall Street Journal, October 14, 2016. Mr. Morrison, chief investigative reporter for Judicial Watch, covered the Clinton scandals for the Journal editorial page from 1994 to 2002 and is co-editor of the six-volume series, “Whitewater: A Journal Briefing.”

Judicial Watch


All Original Content Copyright ©2017  hnewswire.com All Rights Reserved. “All Original Content Copyright ©2017  hnewswire.com All Rights Reserved. “hnewswire.com”, “hnewswire.com” the “hnewswire.com” logo, are Trademarks of the hnewswire.com – All Rights Reserved


Tagged In


Must Read


Other Sources


Latest News

Update: Pestilence Is Moving at Warp Speed: Western Europe Sees Alarming Increase Among COVID Cases—the UK Government Has Revealed That 9 Out of Every 10 Fatalities Caused by COVID-19 Are Identified in Persons Who Have Been Properly Vaccinated

By StevieRay Hansen | February 6, 2023

Pharmaceuticals Home Made Pestilence Via Vaccines a.k.a Kill Shots: HNewsWire- Before arriving in San Francisco, the Ruby Princess, a Princess Cruises ship, reported a COVID-19…

Read More

Update: Trump’s Operation Warp Speed: The mRNA Vaccines Have Been in Development by the US Department of Defense (DARPA) Since 2011, “Kill Shot,” the Government Has Lied, People Have Died or Been Injured, and There Has Been No Recourse

By StevieRay Hansen | February 6, 2023

HNewsWire: “There are all kinds of things in the vaccine toolbox to kill or control you.” “I think it’s hard to overstate the evil of…

Read More

Watchman: Daily Devotional, God Showed the Egyptians That He Was Greater Than All Things They Worshipped as Gods, They Still Refused to Let the Israelites Leave to Worship Him

By StevieRay Hansen | February 6, 2023

Daily Devotional: The Exodus is a story of deliverance Exodus 12:13 13 The blood will be a sign for you on the houses where you are; and…

Read More

Watchman Gives Warning: Whole Foods To Roll Out Mark Of The Beast Biometric Palm Scanning Payment Technology

By StevieRay Hansen | February 6, 2023

Across Its US Stores The First “Amazon Fresh” grocery store equipped with “Just Walk Out” technology has opened, allowing customers to purchase groceries without having…

Read More

Watchman Gives Warning: Mandatory Chip Implants for EU Citizens. It’s Just the Beginning; The Mark of the Beast Has Been Rolled Out. The Global Community Is Next. Get Prepared for Hell on Earth! It’s Decision Time People, Tribulation

By StevieRay Hansen | February 5, 2023

Author LawyerLisa HNewsWire: The EU has been studying mandatory chip implants since 2017 and has an in depth published study examining the technology and the…

Read More
Place Your Ad Here

We make every effort to acknowledge sources used in our news articles. In a few cases, the sources were lost due to a technological glitch. If you believe we have not given sufficient credit for your source material, please contact us, and we will be more than happy to link to your article.

StevieRay Hansen

In his riveting memoir, "A Long Journey Home", StevieRay Hansen will lead you through his incredible journey from homeless kid to multimillionaire oilman willing to give a helping hand to other throwaway kids. Available on Amazon.

Leave a Comment