Clinton Legal-Defense Letters Were a Racket That Defrauded Donors, Lawyers Allege
Rodriguez, Paul M., Dettmer, Jamie, Lehrer, Eli, Insight on the News
Could Bill Clinton and his subordinates be open technically to a prosecution on racketeering-related mail and wire-fraud charges involving the president's legal-defense funds -- the kind that brought down mobster Al Capone? Some federal investigators and private lawyers think so.
At issue are statements, letters and fund-raising appeals made directly by the president and his subordinates to generate public donations for one of at least two legal-defense funds Clinton created to help pay his million-dollar-plus attorney bills.
In the solicitations, the president made specific claims that the Monica Lewinsky allegations were completely false. Clinton and his aides denied in the fund-raising appeals all the Lewinsky-affair charges of perjury, obstruction of justice and witness tampering. Now the president has under oath admitted an "improper relationship" with Lewinsky; he has, in effect, acknowledged that some portion of the allegations first raised in January 1998 were true. …
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Publication information: Article title: Clinton Legal-Defense Letters Were a Racket That Defrauded Donors, Lawyers Allege. Contributors: Rodriguez, Paul M. - Author, Dettmer, Jamie - Author, Lehrer, Eli - Author. Magazine title: Insight on the News. Volume: 14. Issue: 46 Publication date: December 14, 1998. Page number: 6. © 1999 News World Communications, Inc. COPYRIGHT 1998 Gale Group.