Magazine article Insight on the News

Whistle-Blower Stuns White House

Magazine article Insight on the News

Whistle-Blower Stuns White House

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A former White House staffer confirms Insight revelations that 4,000 e-mails dealing with Filegate, Chinagate and Monica Lewinsky have been hidden by the Clinton administration.

Sheryl L. Hall is the former manager of computer operations in the Clinton White House. Now her public testimony has confirmed a dramatic story first reported in Insight by Paul M. Rodriguez ("Trove of `Lost' E-mails at White House," Dec. 28, 1998): The Clinton administration has suppressed more than 100,000 pages of e-mail evidence in legal proceedings involving Filegate, Chinagate and the Monica Lewinsky scandals sought under subpoena by Judicial Watch, two congressional committees and the Office of the Independent Counsel.

Whistle-blower Hall, a GS-15-level civil servant, was driven from the White House for challenging the legality of using the $1.7 million White House Office Data Base, or WHODB, for political purposes. Hall also was questioned about first lady Hillary Rodham Clinton's security agents, who collected and riffled through FBI files on hundreds of leading Republicans.

Represented by Judicial Watch, Hall has filed a lawsuit charging Mrs. Clinton with harassment and implicating high-ranking Clinton White House officials in the Filegate, WHODB and e-mail cover-ups. Hall swears under oath that administration officials threatened her and others as part of what may be the most massive incident of obstruction of justice in U.S. history. She also says she was told "by White House Associate Counsel Michelle Peterson that `our strategy' for the Filegate lawsuit was to `stall' because `we had just a couple of more years to go.'" Hall says, "I took this to mean that the Clinton White House's strategy was to stall the Filegate case until Bill [and Hillary] Clinton's term of office was completed."

In her sworn statement Hall recalls that Mark Lindsay, director of the White House Office of Administration, told a computer contractor that he had "a jail cell" with that contractor's "name on it" if he divulged any information about the Project X effort to hide thousands of White House e-mails that still have not been released.

The missing evidence -- believed by investigators to have been hidden at the direction of Mrs. Clinton -- was discovered as a result of a computer glitch in May 1998, showing that e-mail messages involving nearly 500 computer users had not been turned over to investigators as required by subpoena in various proceedings. …

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