Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Hillary Forgets Clinton Administration Stonewalling

Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) criticized the Bush administration for not being forthcoming. From the AP (via Fake Turkey):

"A tendency of this administration -- from the top all the way to the bottom -- is to withhold information ... to refuse to be forthcoming about information that is of significance and relevance to the jobs that all of you do, and the interests of the American people," Clinton said.

"Putting it all together, going back years now, there's a pattern and it's a pattern that should be troubling," she said at a press conference calling for a more robust federal response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster.

The former first lady continued: "The refusal of this administration to level with the American people on matters large and small is very disturbing, because it goes counter to the way our constitutional democracy ... is supposed to work."

Hillary has apparently forgotten about the last administration, which was not forthcoming about the following:

- Bill Clinton's draft dodging,
- Hillary's huge profits trading cattle futures,
- Hillary's "lost" Rose Law Firm billing records, which turned up in the White House living quarters,
- the FBI files in the White House,
- Vince Foster's suicide (preventing the police from questioning family members and from examining Foster's papers; some of the papers were never revealed),
- privatization of the White House travel office by giving it to a large contributor, and the subsequent criminal prosecution of the former office manager, who was acquitted,
- the 1996 Democratic campaign finance scandal,
- the use of the Lincoln bedroom by large contributors,
- the solicitation of money by Hillary's brother Hugh Rodham for his influence in obtaining pardons from Bill Clinton,
- the obstruction of special prosecutor Barrett in his investigation of cabinet member Henry Cisneros,
- the obstruction of the special prosecutor in his investigation of cabinet member Mike Espy,
- the taking of the White House furniture.

This list is not exhaustive. When Hillary talks about the "troubling" failure of an administration to be forthcoming, she needs to be reminded of the administration of which she was a part.

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