New York Times 1996: “Our First Lady… is a Congenital Liar”

Hillary 1996

Hillary 1996

Published as “Blizzard of Lies” January 8, 1996, New York Times Op-Ed writer William Safire, (1929-2009) an American author, columnist, journalist, and presidential speechwriter. He was a long-time syndicated political columnist for the New York Times

Americans of all political persuasions are coming to the sad realization that our First Lady — a woman of undoubted talents who was a role model for many in her generation — is a congenital liar.

Hillary-Clinton-Whitewater-998x681Drip by drip, like Whitewater torture, the case is being made that she is compelled to mislead, and to ensnare her subordinates and friends in a web of deceit.

1. Remember the story she told about studying The Wall Street Journal to explain her 10,000 percent profit in 1979 commodity trading? We now know that was a lie told to turn aside accusations that as the Governor’s wife she profited corruptly, her account being run by a lawyer for state poultry interests through a disreputable broker.

She lied for good reason: To admit otherwise would be to confess taking, and paying taxes on, what some think amounted to a $100,000 bribe.

crooked-hillary2. The abuse of Presidential power known as Travelgate elicited another series of lies. She induced a White House lawyer to assert flatly to investigators that Mrs. Clinton did not order the firing of White House travel aides, who were then harassed by the F.B.I. and Justice Department to justify patronage replacement by Mrs. Clinton’s cronies.

Now we know, from a memo long concealed from investigators, that there would be “hell to pay” if the furious First Lady’s desires were scorned. The career of the lawyer who transmitted Hillary’s lie to authorities is now in jeopardy. Again, she lied with good reason: to avoid being identified as a vindictive political power player who used the F.B.I. to ruin the lives of people standing in the way of juicy patronage.

3. In the aftermath of the apparent suicide of her former partner and closest confidant, White House Deputy Counsel Vincent Foster, she ordered the overturn of an agreement to allow the Justice Department to examine the files in the dead man’s office. Her closest friends and aides, under oath, have been blatantly disremembering this likely obstruction of justice, and may have to pay for supporting Hillary’s lie with jail terms.

Screen Shot 2016-02-22 at 5.40.09 PMAgain, the lying was not irrational. Investigators believe that damning records from the Rose Law Firm, wrongfully kept in Vincent Foster’s White House office, were spirited out in the dead of night and hidden from the law for two years — in Hillary’s closet, in Web Hubbell’s basement before his felony conviction, in the President’s secretary’s personal files — before some were forced out last week.

Why the White House concealment? For good reason: The records show Hillary Clinton was lying when she denied actively representing a criminal enterprise known as the Madison S.& L., and indicate she may have conspired with Web Hubbell’s father-in-law to make a sham land deal that cost taxpayers $3 million.

Why the belated release of some of the incriminating evidence? Not because it mysteriously turned up in offices previously searched. Certainly not because Hillary Clinton and her new hang-tough White House counsel want to respond fully to lawful subpoenas.

never-hillary-hashtag-tee-logo-366x366One reason for the Friday-night dribble of evidence from the White House is the discovery by the F.B.I. of copies of some of those records elsewhere. When Clinton witnesses are asked about specific items in “lost” records — which investigators have — the White House “finds” its copy and releases it. By concealing the Madison billing records two days beyond the statute of limitations, Hillary evaded a civil suit by bamboozled bank regulators.

Another reason for recent revelations is the imminent turning of former aides and partners of Hillary against her; they were willing to cover her lying when it advanced their careers, but are inclined to listen to their own lawyers when faced with perjury indictments.

Therefore, ask not “Why didn’t she just come clean at the beginning?” She had good reasons to lie; she is in the longtime habit of lying; and she has never been called to account for lying herself or in suborning lying in her aides and friends.

No wonder the President is fearful of holding a prime-time press conference. Having been separately deposed by the independent counsel at least twice, the President and First Lady would be well advised to retain separate defense counsel.

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  • Kevin

    I find it hard to fathom the legal problems the Clinton’s have shared. I stand AMAZED at the ease of which she can straight-faced tell a lie to the public and then believe her own lies. The bad news is, Good, honest people will be duped into voting for her. Shameful!

  • Excellent find Cousin JD!

    Respectfully submitted by SD2010

  • Ann Bedard

    her eyes say it all

  • R-C

    The trail of destruction laid out behind this hideous example of womanhood, Hillary Clinton, is mind-boggling.

    Let’s not forget: Jerry Zeifman, Chief Counsel for the House Judiciary Committee on Watergate, asserted that he fired the then 27-year-old attorney Hillary Rodham from the committee for “unethical behavior”.

    It’s been downhill for her ever since. Sure, she made enormous personal profits and attained a fairly high office, but my guess is that Saint Peter won’t be very impressed with all that. He’ll be focusing on the ruined lives of those who crossed this evil woman, and pointing her toward the ‘down escalator’.

    I think it might be easier for us to list the times when Hillary has told the truth in her life…likely a very short list, indeed.

  • David Trumain

    @ R C Zeifman in his book Without Honor described Hillary Diane Rodham … A Liar! A Dishonest and Unethical lawyer! And that communist criminal has gone down hill ever since.

  • Ted Lukowski

    We know all of this is true and yet….

    She’s still here and poised to become the Democratic nominee and quite likely the next president. How is this possible?

    • David Noether

      Not likely next president.

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  • Robert Manson

    ask Martha stewart about one white lie, ash general patris about one white lie. =What happened to them!jail and stripped of funds and answered to the people. She answers to know one.The government and the courts do nothing.She should be in Prison along with her husband. How could a fraud like this be running for president of this great country. GOD help us!!!~!!

  • Dirty Harry

    “It’s not a lie if you believe it” George Constanza

  • Janet Jenkins

    Actually, I believe there are totally different agendas with Obama and Hillary. His plan all along is to totally undermine and destroy our nation; it’s sovereignty, it’s values, it’s military power, it’s financial power, and all of our freedoms.
    Hillary’s only agenda is…Hillary. Whatever she can do to get more money, prestige, power, popularity, attention, etc. She will lie, cheat, steal, murder, use and destroy people and do anything she can to achieve this and protect herself.
    Both are EVIL and destructive to America.

  • Cezar

    With all this negative comment all this people saying about Hillary Clinton , one say how can this be possible that she is poised to be the next president of the United States ….Is she convicted of any of this accusations…, There is your answere , The people of America do not believe any of this accusation…..accept defeat and regroup ..

    • Shawn

      Not all of us have our heads in the sand. She’s the most criminal candidate to ever be this close to the Presidency. It’s disgraceful that so many people are willing to ignore her criminality.

  • Jason B

    Please dear God help us avoid a Hillary Clinton Presidency. I like Trump, but I don’t care who ends up in the Oval Office as long as it is not her. I can’t stand to see people rise to the top because people buy into the lies.

  • PainesGhost

    I notice the video did not address the insanely long list of DEAD former friends, employees, and business or political associates of the Clintons. Long enough to make another video the length of this one. The best list I have seen so far is on

    These two should be in prison awaiting execution.