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Bill Clinton Asked His Staffers to Investigate -- Him!

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Bill Clinton Asked His Staffers to Investigate -- Him!

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An article by Marc Ambinder in the forthcoming May issue of The Atlantic (not yet available online) explores what he calls one of the "the juicier subplots of the 2008 presidential campaign" - the role to be played by former President Bill Clinton will play.

Ambinder reveals that at Clinton's urging "researchers at his presidential library and his offices in Harlem embarked on a highly secretive two-year project: investigating their own boss.

"The team conducted a painstaking reexamination of all the well-worn issues from Clinton's presidency, poring over trial transcripts, internal White House documents, notes, and public and private correspondence, searching for any overlooked information that could be used to give new life to old embarrassments. Perhaps more important, the researchers covered Clinton's postpresidential history too, with a muckraker's eye, including the rumors about his private life that inevitably trail him.

"All but a handful of Clinton's staff and friends were kept in the dark about the vetting process, though two who did know about it confirmed its existence to me. …

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