The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton

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The Hunting of the President: The Ten-Year Campaign to Destroy Bill and Hillary Clinton was written by Joe Conason and Gene Lyons. The 448-page book was published by St. Martin's Griffin on February 3, 2001.

Conason was a editor-at-large at The New York Observer and Lyons was a columnist for The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

A 90-minute documentary was filmed in 2004 based on the book. The documentary was narrated by Morgan Freeman.[1]

Reaction

The book was called "a journalistic brief in support of Hillary Clinton's assertion" that there is a right-wing conspiracy against her and Bill Clinton.[2]

Notable quotes

  • "We think you're the only one who can beat him. And if you run this time, you will never be able to run for anything again." -- An aide to President George Bush, speaking to Bill Clinton prior to the 1992 election.[3]
  • The authors wrote, "In the short run, the Flowers and Nichols broadsides had backfired. Besides endowing Clinton with nearly 100 percent name recognition, the New Hampshire episode introduced his formidable wife to tens of millions of Americans, most of whom admired her poise and tenacity."[4]
  • The authors wrote, "Evidently confident that an objective Whitewater probe would put the issue to rest, and sure of his ability to finesse tomorrow's crisis as adroitly as today's, Bill Clinton made the worst blunder of his presidency.[5]

Chapter summaries

One: The Ghost of Lee Atwater

Topics discussed
  • Republican National Committee Chairman Lee Atwater meets with individuals in 1989 to discuss Bill Clinton and the threat he poses to George Bush's re-election.[6]
  • The 1990 election for Governor of Arkansas
Notable events
  • Bill Clinton wins re-election as governor of Arkansas on November 7, 1990[7]

Two: A Crazy Person like Larry Nichols


Video portion of the book's documentary.
Topics discussed
  • The personal grudge that Larry Nichols held against Bill Clinton.[8]
  • Allegations surrounding Gennifer Flowers relationship with Bill Clinton.[9]
Notable events
  • Larry Nichols files a libel lawsuit on October 19, 1990 in the amount of $3 million against Bill Clinton.[10]

Three: Jean Lewis's October Surprise

Topics discussed
  • Whitewater, James McDougal and the New York Times reporter Jeff Gerth[11]
Notable events
  • Jean Lewis investigated Madison Guaranty after Jeff Gerth's story appeared[12]
  • Whitewater does not escalate to the point that it damages the Clinton campaign for president in 1992.[13]

Four: The Larry Case Tapes

Topics discussed
Notable events
  • Peter Smith spends $80,000 on an informal investigation of Bill Clinton's sex life.[15]

Five: "Justice Jim" Rides Again

Topics discussed
  • Individuals such as Larry Nichols, Jim Johnson, Gennifer Flowers, and Cliff Jackson who tried to profit or seek revenge on Bill Clinton during his presidential run.[16]
  • Nichols and Case continue to push their tapes and evidence about Clinton's alleged transgressions in Arkansas[17]
Notable events
  • How Bill Clinton won six statewide races between 1978-1990, and in that time erased last segments of racism from Arkansas law.[18]

Six: A Pig in a Poke

Topics discussed
Notable events
  • FBI raids Capital Management Services on July 21, 1993, relating to David Hale. Hale sought the advice of Jim Johnson and then approached right-wing activists with information about Bill Clinton.[21]

Seven: The Scandal Industry's Secret Sugar Daddies

Topics discussed
  • David Brock's investigation of the Clinton family.[22]
  • The Arkansas Project, a $2.4 million, four-year project to "gather intelligence leading to the political ruin" of the president.[23]
Notable events
  • Cliff Jackson says he will provide a $5,000 check to David Brock to do a book proposal.[24]
  • David Brock travels to Arkansas to do research for his book The Seduction of Hillary Rodham.[25]
  • Brock confers with William Kristol and Laurence Silberman about publishing allegations of Clinton's affairs. Kristol relays words of caution while Sliberman encourages moving forward.[26]

Eight: "A Truly Independent Prosecutor

Topics discussed
  • Paula Jones allegations that Bill made unwanted sexual advances in 1991.[27]
Notable events
  • Robert Fiske is appointed to head the Independent Counsel to investigate Whitewater. Fiske was later replaced by Kenneth Starr.[28]
  • In January 1994, the White House arranges to have Clintons' Whitewater records subpoenaed by the Justice Department.[29]
  • President Clinton authorizes the Independent Counsel Act, which returned the power to select and supervise independent counsels to the Special Division, a panel of three federal judges selected by the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.[30]

Nine: The Reverend Jerry Falwell, Seoul Man

Topics discussed
  • Reverend Jerry Falwell and religious organizations.
  • The culture war declared by Pat Robertson, Falwell, Pat Buchanan and Representative Henry Hyde.[31]
  • Hillary Clinton and Cattlegate.[32]
Notable events
  • The movie The Clinton Chronicles is released, spearheaded by Falwell and Pat Matrisciana.[33] Citizens for Honest Government announced that more than 150,000 copies of the film were distributed.[34]
  • On April 8, 1994, Bill gives an interview with the Minneapolis Star-Tribune where he complains about the "right-wing media."[35]
  • August 5, 1994: Robert Fiske is removed and Kenneth Starr is appointed as Whitewater Independent counsel.[36]

10: Inside the Arkansas Project

Topics discussed
  • The Arkansas Project -- primarily bankrolled by Richard Mellon Scaife -- and funds given to various American Spectator personnel.[37]
  • The impact of Caryn Mann on Kenneth Starr's investigation. Mann, who was a girlfriend of Parker Dozhier, testified in the investigation.[38]
Notable events
  • American Spectator publishes article featuring interview with former state trooper Larry Douglass Brown. Brown maintains storyline of alleged affair between Vince Foster and Hillary Clinton.[39]
  • The Arkansas Project connected with Rex Armistead, a private detective, to explore for proof that the Clintons could be linked to drug-smuggling. Armistead focused primarily though on investigating Vince Foster's death. Armistead was paid more than $375,000 in 1997.[40]
  • More U.S. House hearings held on August 8, 1995 regarding the Republican investigation of the Clinton administration.[41]

11: Senator D'Amato's Long Good-bye

Topics discussed
  • New York Senator Alfonse D'Amato, chair of the Senate Banking Committee and his task to promote the "Clinton scandals."[42]
  • Public interest in the Whitewater investigation began to wane following Senate hearings.[43]
  • The further investigation into the death of Vince Foster, including the testimony of L. Jean Lewis.[44]
  • Media portrayals of Hillary in late 1995, which the author said were "edited to create an inaccurate impression."[45]
Notable events
  • On June 7, 1995, Kenneth Starr indicted Arkansas governor Jim Guy Tucker on three counts of conspiracy to commit bankruptcy and tax fraud in Little Rock.[46]
  • On December 13, 1995, the Pillsbury Report is released. The report found no evidence that Whitewater's losses were subsidized by taxpayers. The $3 million study was paid for by the Resolution Trust Corporation.[47]
  • On December 19, 1995, an article appears in the New York Times outlining possible trouble for Hillary, relating to the possibility of felony charges against her over the Whitewater investigation.[48]

12: "The President of the United States Is Not on Trial"

Topics discussed
  • The Tucker-McDougal case and investigation.[49]
Notable events
  • Second Whitewater trial begins on June 17, 1996 in Little Rock, Arkansas.[50]
  • Article published on July 15, 1996 by The New Yorker, detailing the likelihood that Whitewater investigations were still involving president Clinton.[51]
  • Susan McDougal is cited for civil contempt after refusing to answer three questions about Bill Clinton and the Whitewater loans.[52]

13: "All They Wanted to Talk About Was Women"

Topics discussed
  • Paula Jones lawsuit and developing events in 1997.[53]
Notable events

14: Spinning the Widow's Web

Topics discussed
Notable events

15: Impeachment for Fun and Profit

Topics discussed
Notable events

16: "The Bastard Should be Exposed

Topics discussed
Notable events

See also

External links

References

  1. IMDB "The Hunting of the President"
  2. New York Times "Conspiracy Theories," April 9, 2000
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