Thursday, April 3, 2008

Hillary Clinton Was Fired "Because She Was a Liar"

The issues raised in this column by Dan Calabrese should be getting much more play.  It reveals a great deal about Hillary Clinton's honesty and integrity - or lack thereof.

As a young lawyer Hillary worked as a lawyer for the House Judiciary Committee during its investigation of Watergate.  When the investigation finished, her supervisor, Jerry Zeifman, "a lifelong Democrat" fired her.  Last week Zeifman was asked why.  He answered, "because she was a liar . . . 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."

At issue was whether or not President Nixon would be entitled to representation by a lawyer during the Watergate investigation.  Hillary (and others) wanted to deny Nixon the right to counsel and Hillary wrote a legal brief contending that there was no precedent for legal representation during an impeachment proceeding. 
But that was a lie and Hillary knew it.

You see Jerry Zeifman recalled that during impeachment proceedings against Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas, Douglas was represented by a lawyer.  And Zeifman had told Hillary about this precedent before she wrote her brief.

What's more, Hillary did not just ignore the precedent from the Douglas matter, she hid the evidence of that precedent.  When Zeifman told Hillary about the Douglas case, she took the files from the public files and secured them in her private offices.

This was blatant, contemptible behavior and completely unethical.  The Clintons have gotten away with lies in the past because they involved "trivial" matters like affairs with interns or "misremembering" sniper fire in Bosnia.  Hillary should not get away with this lie.

Does anybody really want "an unethical, dishonest lawyer" as President of the United States?

Or, should I really ask, does anybody really want that again?

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