Fbi Freeh Unloads On Clinton - 'closets Were Full Of Skeletons'


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rick_reno
October 6, 2005, 11:19 PM
http://www.drudgereport.com/flash2cbs.htm

Louis Freeh Speaks for the First Time About his Terrible Relationship with the President

Former FBI Director Louis Freeh says publicly for the first time that his relationship with President Bill Clinton – the man who appointed him – was a terrible one because Clinton’s scandals made him a constant target of FBI investigations. Freeh discloses this and many other details of his dealings with the Clinton White House in a new bombshell book: 'My FBI : Bringing Down the Mafia, Investigating Bill Clinton, and Fighting the War on Terror' -- set for release next week.

Freeh has taped an interview with Mike Wallace and CBSNEWS '60 MINUTES' to be broadcast Sunday, the DRUDGE REPORT has learned.

In the book, “My FBI,” he writes, “The problem was with Bill Clinton -- the scandals and the rumored scandals, the incubating ones and the dying ones never ended. Whatever moral compass the president was consulting was leading him in the wrong direction. His closets were full of skeletons just waiting to burst out.”

The director sought to distance himself from Clinton because of Whitewater, refusing a White House pass that would have enabled him to enter the building without signing in. This irked Clinton. “I wanted all my visits to be official,” says Freeh. “When I sent the pass back with a note, I had no idea it would antagonize the president,” he tells Wallace.

Returning the pass was only the start of the rift. Later, relations got so bad that President Clinton reportedly began referring to Freeh as “that F…ing Freeh.” Says Freeh, “I don’t know how they referred to me and I really didn’t care,” he says. “My role and my obligation was to conduct criminal investigations. He, unfortunately for the country and unfortunately for him, happened to be the subject of that investigation,” Freeh says.

In another revelation, Freeh says the former president let down the American people and the families of victims of the Khobar Towers terror attack in Saudi Arabia. After promising to bring to justice those responsible for the bombing that killed 19 and injured hundreds, Freeh says Clinton refused to personally ask Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah to allow the FBI to question bombing suspects the kingdom had in custody – the only way the bureau could secure the interviews, according to Freeh. Freeh writes in the book, “Bill Clinton raised the subject only to tell the crown prince that he understood the Saudis’ reluctance to cooperate and then he hit Abdullah up for a contribution to the Clinton Presidential Library.” Says Freeh, “That’s a fact that I am reporting.”

The most unsavory of those investigations was the one concerning Clinton and Lewinsky. The White House intern had kept a semen-stained dress as proof of her relationship and a Clinton blood sample was needed to match the DNA on the dress. “Well, it was like a bad movie and it was ridiculous that…Ken Starr and myself, the director of the FBI, find ourselves in that ridiculous position,” he tells Wallace. “But we did it…very carefully, very confidentially,” recalls Freeh. As he explains the plan in the book, Clinton was at a scheduled dinner and excused himself to go to the bathroom. Instead of the restroom, he entered another room where FBI medical technicians were waiting to take a blood sample.

Freeh says he was determined to stay on as FBI director until President Clinton left office so that Clinton could not appoint his successor. “I was concerned about who he would put in there as FBI director because he had expressed antipathy for the FBI, for the director,” he tells Wallace. “[So] I was going to stay there and make sure he couldn’t replace me,” Freeh tells Wallace.

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Pilgrim
October 7, 2005, 12:12 AM
Why did Louie Freeh wait so long?

Pilgrim

beerslurpy
October 7, 2005, 12:39 AM
Well it probably took him a while to write the book.

Now that it is published, he wants people to buy it and read it.

Derby FALs
October 7, 2005, 02:18 AM
Perhaps there is a special pit in Hell for Louis Freeh...

Crosshair
October 7, 2005, 02:21 AM
<B>beerslurpy</B>
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Well it probably took him a while to write the book. </I>

Probably because of all the paper it is going to take to list all the crap the Clintons have pulled. :p

thorn726
October 7, 2005, 05:13 AM
talk about beating a dead horse.

millions of tax dollars wasn't enough, people want to waste their own money reading about this nonsense , have at it!

the ONLY reason this matters is Clinton is a Democrat

thereisnospoon
October 7, 2005, 05:32 AM
Actually, the reason it mattered to some was the absolute lack of character rampant in Washington, D.C. ( and un the public in general).

We have become a Nation of depraved loonies, and Clinton was a Direct reflection thereof...

davec
October 7, 2005, 05:40 AM
So many skeletons that an exhaustive, expensive investigation into him could only find out that he lied about getting oral sex from a fat girl with a self esteem problem.

What the hell did Ken Starr do from 1994 through 1998 with over 80 million dollars of taxpayers money, and god knows how many man-hours?

Louis Freeh says they're were skeletons everywhere...and the man in charge of looking for them only found a stain on a dress?

Ken Starr must have been one bungling incompetent.

thorn726
October 7, 2005, 05:50 AM
We have become a Nation of depraved loonies, and Clinton was a Direct reflection thereof...

See, NORTHCOM is the main entity that interfaces, that uses federal assets, federal troops to interface with local and state government. I want to watch that relationship. It's an important relationship, and I need to understand how it works better.
-- After 6 years as Texas (state) governor, and after more than 4 years as (federal) President, Dubya decides to do some homework, FEMA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., Sep. 23, 2005

i saw that on tv, so i know for a fact it is real.
. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease.
. I understand small business growth. I was one.
. Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.

You know what else I think when they say, tax the rich? Most rich people are able to avoid taxes, and if you can't raise enough money from taxing the rich, guess who pays the taxes? Yes, you do.
-- Dubya explains his tax priorities by portraying the concept of taxing the rich as a pipe dream. I guess we might as well drop their rate to 0%. Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aug. 11, 2004

That's why you've got to be careful about this rhetoric, we're only going to tax the rich. You know who the -- the rich in America happen to be the small business owners. That's what that means.
-- What? Annandale, Virginia, Aug. 9, 2004

The really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway.
-- Dubya tries to find more reasons not to tax the rich, Annandale, Virginia, Aug. 9, 2004

1. It would be a heck of a lot easier to be a dictator than work in a democracy. (1996 - referenced in J.H. Hatfield's "Fortunate Son", when Dubya was governor of Texas - date unknown)
2. You don't get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier. (Jul. 1, 1998)
3. If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier... just so long as I'm the dictator. (shortly after his contentious victory in the Supreme Court that resulted in his becoming president - Dec. 18, 2000)
4. A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it. (Jul. 26, 2001)
5. It's not a dictatorship in Washington, but I tried to make it one in that instance. We are beginning to see some success in opening up federal coffers for faith-based programs. (Jan. 15, 2004)


no, noting too loony happening ever since we got that evil Clinton out....

jdkelly
October 7, 2005, 08:15 AM
the ONLY reason this matters is Clinton is a Democrat---thorn726
I don't think that Mr. Clinton's party affiliation matters to Mr. Freeh.

But I guess it could matter to those of us who are either enjoying, or deflecting, the criticism of Mr. Clinton. Partisanship lives!


Respectfully,

jdkelly

JohnBT
October 7, 2005, 08:59 AM
"noting too loony happening ever since we got that evil Clinton out...."

At least you recognize that he was evil.

John

Dannyboy
October 7, 2005, 10:53 AM
As far as those quotes on taxes, tax avoidance and tax evasion are not the same thing.

Bruce H
October 7, 2005, 11:28 AM
Louis Freeh was about as qualified to be FBI director as Michael Brown was to head FEMA. When all the elected officials are worthless scum those they appoint and confirm are evern lower.

thereisnospoon
October 7, 2005, 11:39 AM
Sorry I wasn't clearer in my earlier post...

First, I hope this doesn't get much air time, but I am sure that Rush, et.al. will beat it to the ground when really they should let sleeping dogs lie (of course, Clinton is still very actively running his kisser!)

Regardless, My intention was to point out that more and more of our culture has become based on things that would cause our Grandparents to roll over in the grave...the death of civility, same-sex marriage, grade school children being taught about things adults should only choose to learn, pornography, television etc, etc, etc.

I'm not a fuddy-duddy, but you have to admitt, our world is A LOT different than when you and I were kids (some better some worse, BTW) and that was reflected in the Clinton Administration, specifically in the Prez.

I didn't vote for Clinton, thought he was bad for America, but most of the scandal crap was garbage (as the lack of indictments proves).

I voted for Bush and thought he might bring a change, but things have only continued as usual in the Beltway...

Now we have everything Bush does being scrutinized (i.e. Carl Rove investigation, Air Force records, etc.) by the other side and who knows what will happen.

Time will tell.

I'm voting for Art's Gramma for Prez. next time

LawDog
October 7, 2005, 07:50 PM
Louis Freeh was about as qualified to be FBI director as Michael Brown was to head FEMA.

Louis Freeh was an FBI agent from 1975 to 1981 in the NY field office. In 1981, he joined the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York as an Assistant United States Attorney. Subsequently, he held positions there as Chief of the Organized Crime Unit, Deputy United States Attorney, and Associate United States Attorney.

In July 1991, Freeh became United States District Court Judge for the Southern District of New York.

Louis Freeh has a J.D. from Rutgers and a LL.M/Criminal Law from New York University Law School.

He wasn't anyone I'd have chosen as Director of the Fan Belt Inspectors, but the man was eminently qualified.

LawDog

dasmi
October 7, 2005, 07:55 PM
+1 Lawdog.
Note to all: Research a bit before you make accusations and claims.

Lone_Gunman
October 7, 2005, 09:13 PM
If Freeh really thought Clinton was that bad, then the ethical thing for him to have done was resign and refuse to work for such a man as Clinton.

I guess Freeh's desire to be head of the FBI outweighed any moral or ethical problems he had with Clinton. Its good that we now know that about Freeh. I think Freeh is indicting his own honor, and is just too dumb to realize it.

Does anyone know if Freeh had any role in the Waco incident?

Hkmp5sd
October 7, 2005, 10:27 PM
Does anyone know if Freeh had any role in the Waco incident?

Waco was over before Freeh became Director.

Lone_Gunman
October 7, 2005, 10:36 PM
I know, he took office about 6 months later. Who was he working for at the time though?

Standing Wolf
October 7, 2005, 11:10 PM
Why did Louie Freeh wait so long?

Maybe he had to see which way the wind was blowing.

LawDog
October 7, 2005, 11:36 PM
Who was he working for at the time though?

He was the Federal Judge for the Southern District of New York until he got tapped by Clinton.

LawDog

Robert Hairless
October 8, 2005, 09:02 AM
thorn726 -- See, NORTHCOM is the main entity that interfaces, that uses federal assets, federal troops to interface with local and state government. I want to watch that relationship. It's an important relationship, and I need to understand how it works better.
-- After 6 years as Texas (state) governor, and after more than 4 years as (federal) President, Dubya decides to do some homework, FEMA Headquarters, Washington, D.C., Sep. 23, 2005

i saw that on tv, so i know for a fact it is real.
. Africa is a nation that suffers from incredible disease.
. I understand small business growth. I was one.
. Families is where our nation finds hope, where wings take dream.

You know what else I think when they say, tax the rich? Most rich people are able to avoid taxes, and if you can't raise enough money from taxing the rich, guess who pays the taxes? Yes, you do.
-- Dubya explains his tax priorities by portraying the concept of taxing the rich as a pipe dream. I guess we might as well drop their rate to 0%. Albuquerque, New Mexico, Aug. 11, 2004

That's why you've got to be careful about this rhetoric, we're only going to tax the rich. You know who the -- the rich in America happen to be the small business owners. That's what that means.
-- What? Annandale, Virginia, Aug. 9, 2004

The really rich people figure out how to dodge taxes anyway.
-- Dubya tries to find more reasons not to tax the rich, Annandale, Virginia, Aug. 9, 2004

1. It would be a heck of a lot easier to be a dictator than work in a democracy. (1996 - referenced in J.H. Hatfield's "Fortunate Son", when Dubya was governor of Texas - date unknown)
2. You don't get everything you want. A dictatorship would be a lot easier. (Jul. 1, 1998)
3. If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier... just so long as I'm the dictator. (shortly after his contentious victory in the Supreme Court that resulted in his becoming president - Dec. 18, 2000)
4. A dictatorship would be a heck of a lot easier, there's no question about it. (Jul. 26, 2001)
5. It's not a dictatorship in Washington, but I tried to make it one in that instance. We are beginning to see some success in opening up federal coffers for faith-based programs. (Jan. 15, 2004)


no, noting too loony happening ever since we got that evil Clinton out....

At last there is someone smart enough and bold enough to say what's on every thinking person's mind: George W. Bush is directly responsible for every wrong committed by William Jefferson Clinton. Let the truth be told throughout the land.

jdkelly
October 9, 2005, 09:37 AM
If Freeh really thought Clinton was that bad, then the ethical thing for him to have done was resign and refuse to work for such a man as Clinton.---Lone Gunman
I thought that Freeh said tht he stayed on as Director until Clinton left to protect office from Clinton.


Respectfully,

jkelly

Lone_Gunman
October 9, 2005, 10:18 AM
So basically, Freeh considered himself a martyr.

SouthpawShootr
October 9, 2005, 10:56 AM
So basically, Freeh considered himself a martyr.

Didn't you get the memo? In Washington, everybody is either a saint, superhero, or martyr.

jdkelly
October 9, 2005, 12:39 PM
So basically, Freeh considered himself a martyr.---Lone Gunman
I guess you would have to ask him what he considered himself (if I missed his statement as such, sorry).

Respectfully,

jdkelly

Mannlicher
October 9, 2005, 12:53 PM
The only thing about this thread that kinda surprises me, is the number of folks here who are defending anything at all, that Bill Clinton did, or was. Yeah, that surprises me.

cowboybobb693
October 9, 2005, 02:28 PM
The scary thing is Billary is going to run in 2008 and Slick Willie will be 1st bimbo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not being a religious man, I'm doing a buttload of praying ( and voting)THAT doesn't come to pass. The thought strikes fear like I've never known before.

Lone_Gunman
October 9, 2005, 02:31 PM
I won't defend anything Clinton did, nor will I defend his lackeys like Freeh.

SouthpawShootr
October 9, 2005, 02:43 PM
The scary thing is Billary is going to run in 2008 and Slick Willie will be 1st bimbo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Not being a religious man, I'm doing a buttload of praying ( and voting)THAT doesn't come to pass. The thought strikes fear like I've never known before.

Did she say she's running? Big mistake. She should wait until her husband's presidency is a little less fresh in people's minds. Say 40-50 years from now would be good. If she does run, I guarantee it's going to be the most nasty, filthy election year ever.

cowboybobb693
October 9, 2005, 02:54 PM
She has been making noise like she is going to test the waters. It will be a bloodbath. EVERYTHING that those two crooks have EVER done will be brought up. Since her party likes to bring out the dirt on everyone GW nominates, this will be bring a field day of mud slinging, who knows maybe some of Slick Willies "ghosts" will come out and both of them will fade away ( finally)

DRZinn
October 9, 2005, 03:24 PM
If Freeh really thought Clinton was that bad, then the ethical thing for him to have done was resign and refuse to work for such a man as Clinton.Not at all. That principle only applies to positions in which the position involves carrying out the President's will, such as Secretary of State. Director of the FBI is a relatively autonomous position, so if you don't agree with the President you can keep plugging away.

Waitone
October 9, 2005, 05:00 PM
Clinton and Ken Starr were not the mortal enemies Big Media (BM) made out. Fact of the matter is the Clinton camp cheered when Starr was announced Special Prosecutor. His job was to make it look like an investigation was taking place but to make sure it veered away from the really important stuff. Whitewater and blow jobs was where all the fuss and feathers was. He could not go anywhere near Mena, Arkansas and all the goings on around the town, airport, etc. The death of Vince Foster was one factor that straddled the two scandals and Starr did a fine job of containing it.

Ken Starr was and is an inside player to the power elites. His job is to protect both sides and all parties. And to think he was destined to become a supreme court judge until he went radioactive.

Derek Zeanah
October 9, 2005, 05:35 PM
The death of Vince Foster was one factor that straddled the two scandals and Starr did a fine job of containing it.You know, I've seen an interview with an editor at the American Spectator (Standard? Whatever the rag was that broke the Vince Foster story), and he said they made it up. That, the drug smuggling links, the Whitewater claims, etc.

All a series of hit pieces that were politically motivated.

Here's a bit from Crossfire:VO: Behind this were an extraordinary barrage of allegations against Clinton that were obsessing the media. These included stories of sexual harassment; stories that Clinton and his wife were involved in Whitewater, a corrupt property deal; stories that they had murdered their close friend Vince Foster; and stories that Clinton was involved in smuggling drugs from a small airstrip in Arkansas. But none of these stories were true. All of them had been orchestrated by a young group of neoconservatives, who were determined to destroy Clinton. The campaign was centered on a small right-wing magazine called the American Spectator, which had set up what was called the “Arkansas Project” to investigate Clinton’s past life. The journalist at the center of this project was called David Brock.

CROSSFIRE ANNOUNCER : Tonight, the Arkansas allegations. In the crossfire: David Brock, of the American Spectator magazine.

DAVID BROCK : She was dressed in a raincoat and a hat, and came in at 5:15 in the morning, and had a liaison with Clinton in the game room in the bottom floor of the Governor’s mansion.

CROSSFIRE HOST : David, this is getting a little bizarre. Next thing, we’re gonna see… Jane Fonda’s gonna…

BROCK : It’s bizarre! But hey, Bill Clinton is a bizarre guy.Here's a bit from the BBC interview -- same guy, with a bit more about the investigation:VO: Since then, Brock has turned against the neoconservative movement. He now believes that the attacks on Clinton went too far, and corrupted conservative politics.

INTERVIEWER (off-camera): Was Whitewater true?

BROCK : No! I mean, there was no criminal wrongdoing in Whitewater. Absolutely not. It was a land deal that the Clintons lost money on. It was a complete inversion of what happened.

INTERVIEWER : Was Vince Foster killed?

BROCK : No. He killed himself.

INTERVIEWER : Did the Clintons smuggle drugs?

BROCK : Absolutely not.

INTERVIEWER : Did those promoting these stories know that this was not true, that none of these stories were true?

BROCK : They did not care.

INTERVIEWER : Why not?

BROCK : Because they were having a devastating effect. So why stop? It was terrorism. Political terrorism.

INTERVIEWER : But you were one of the agents.

BROCK : Absolutely. Absolutely.

VO: The stories began to grip America, and despite Clinton’s denials, the Republicans in Congress seized on the scandals and began to press for investigations into this immorality at the heart of government.

President BILL CLINTON : Basically, the press has editorialized and pressured the politicians into saying, “Here’s a guy that as far as we know hasn’t done anything wrong, nobody’s accused him of doing anything wrong, there’s no evidence that he’s done anything wrong, but we think the presumption of guilt almost should be on him. You should somehow prove his innocence.”

VO: Out of this pressure, Clinton was forced to agree to an independent investigation into Whitewater. It was headed by a senior judge in Washington called Kenneth Starr. But what was not widely known was that Starr was a member of a right-wing group of lawyers called the Federalist Society, that had financial and ideological links to the neoconservatives. And like the neoconservatives, they saw Clinton as a danger to the country, and they were determined to prove this to the American people.

Judge ROBERT BORK , Senior member, Federalist Society: In the Merck manual—Merck is a pharmaceutical company—they have a manual listing various disorders, and they listed “sociopath.” And if you look at “sociopath,” it describes Clinton exactly. Somebody who’s charming, who has no particular feeling at all for the people he’s charming, unable to resist instant gratification, and so on and so on. Goes right down the list. We had a very dysfunctional man in the Presidency. That was very dangerous, both as a model and as, if a crisis had arisen, I had no confidence that he would meet it.

VO: But despite all his efforts, Kenneth Starr could find no incriminating evidence in Whitewater. Nor could he find any evidence to support any of the sexual scandals that had come from the Arkansas Project. Until finally, his committee stumbled upon Clinton’s affair with Monica Lewinsky, which Clinton denied. And in that lie, the neoconservative movement believed they had found what they had been looking for: a way to make the American people see the truth about the liberal corruption of their country. A campaign now began to impeach the President. And in the hysteria, the whole conservative movement portrayed Clinton as a depraved monster who had to be removed from office. But yet again, the neoconservatives had created a fantasy enemy by exaggerating and distorting reality.

JOE CONASON , Author ‘The Hunting of the President’ : They were trapped by a mythological person that they had constructed, or persons—the Clintons, these scheming, terrible people who they, the noble pursuers, were going to vanquish. I think, in the leadership of conservatism, during the Clinton era there was an element of corruption. There was an element of a willingness to do anything to achieve the goal of bringing Clinton down. There was a way in which the people who perceived Clinton as immoral behaved immorally themselves. They ended up behaving worse than the people who they were attacking.

VO: But all the moral fury, and the deception, came to nothing. The impeachment failed because the polls consistently showed that Americans still did not care about these moral issues. One leading neoconservative, William Bennett, wrote a book called The Death of Outrage, which blamed the people. He accused the public of making a deal with the devil. Their failure, he said, to support the impeachment, was evidence of their moral corruption. Now, I'm no Clinton fan. But I don't like being lied to either. It looks like, with regard to Vince Foster, we were lied to.

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