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The Hillary Clinton/David Brock File

The newspapers and periodicals of this great nation are now reporting on the various strategies devised by Clinton Inc. to destroy the credibility of Bruno’s Republican and Democratic opponents. Invariably they cite our former employee, David Brock, as an authority on how Clinton Inc. might achieve its ends without resorting to car bombs or to kneecapping or to second story jobs. Yet, before David followed the money trail to Clinton Inc. his research pretty much agreed with that of the other AmSpec writers, to wit: David established that the Clintons have a long record of subverting the law, enriching themselves through criminal means, and following practices that are commonplace in Third World countries. Though these practices are rarely attempted in cities larger than Gary, Indiana.

Many readers have forgotten David’s work and many more were not even born when the Clintons began their journey to the top of Democratic politics. So as a public service The American Spectator has reached back into its ample archives to bring our readers’ David’s findings from the 1990s, and occasionally we shall even publish personal memoranda that David wrote to startled interns on our staff and were long ago forgotten by him. This material will appear regularly here and may be used by the Clintons’ present political opponents free of charge. We expect that the FBI already has this material, but if our early work is helpful to them in their investigations we are glad to oblige. When during the Clinton years the FBI investigated this magazine at the recommendation of the Clinton White House, they were always very polite.

In his underappreciated classic, The Seduction of Hillary Rodham, published back in 1996, the prelapsarian David Brock plots the making of a 21st Century crook:

The April 30 letter was signed “the Rose Law Firm,” but the last sentence pointedly stated: “Should you require further information or assistance, please advise Hillary Rodham Clinton or Richard Massey of this firm.” The day before the proposal was submitted, records show, Hillary telephoned Bassett and the two spoke briefly. That telephone call has been the focus of Republican and media suspicions that Hillary was improperly using her influence with Bassett, an appointee of her husband’s, on McDougal’s [the Clintons’ Whitewater partner] behalf. Notwithstanding the opinion of a staff lawyer who informed Bassett that he didn’t think the stock issuance was permissible under Arkansas law, Bassett and her assistant disagreed and soon notified Rose that the plan could proceed. The familiar salutation Bassett used in the letter to Rose, “Dear Hillary,” was later interpreted as drawing Hillary into a conspiracy to keep Madison afloat. [p. 204]

As a public service, we have boldfaced David’s prose where necessary.

R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr.
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R. Emmett Tyrrell, Jr. is the founder and editor in chief ofThe American Spectator. He is the author of The Death of Liberalism, published by Thomas Nelson Inc. His previous books include the New York Times bestseller Boy Clinton: The Political Biography; The Impeachment of William Jefferson Clinton; The Liberal Crack-Up; The Conservative Crack-Up; Public Nuisances; The Future that Doesn’t Work: Social Democracy’s Failure in Britain; Madame Hillary: The Dark Road to the White House; The Clinton Crack-Up; and After the Hangover: The Conservatives’ Road to Recovery. He makes frequent appearances on national television and is a nationally syndicated columnist, whose articles have appeared in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Washington Times, National Review, Harper’s, Commentary, The (London) Spectator, Le Figaro (Paris), and elsewhere. He is also a contributing editor to the New York Sun.
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