January 19, 2006


Inquiry on Clinton Official Ends With Accusations of Cover-Up (DAVID JOHNSTON and NEIL A. LEWIS, 1/19/06, NY Times)

After the longest independent counsel investigation in history, the prosecutor in the case of former Housing Secretary Henry G. Cisneros is finally closing his operation with a scathing report accusing Clinton administration officials of thwarting an inquiry into whether Mr. Cisneros evaded paying income taxes.

The legal inquiry by the prosecutor, David M. Barrett, lasted more than a decade, consumed some $21 million and came to be a symbol of the flawed effort to prosecute high-level corruption through the use of independent prosecutors.

Mr. Barrett began his investigation with the narrower issue of whether Mr. Cisneros lied to the Federal Bureau of Investigation when he was being considered for the cabinet position. He ended his inquiry accusing the Clinton administration of a possible cover-up.

Sometimes the bad guys get away with it and you just have to move on with your life.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 19, 2006 2:14 PM

Cisneros was well known to be dirty long before he had anything to do with Clinton.

Posted by: b at January 19, 2006 2:48 PM

How about an ad with Hillary Clinton's picture, big bold letters saying IRS, and a photo of a heavily redacted page? A short statement at the end, something like "The media won't ask what these blacked-out paragraphs mean, and Senator Clinton isn't about to tell you. But it involves the previous administration and the IRS. Ask the Senator about it the next time you see her".

Very simple, and very effective. Of course, we could just demand the full report, but I doubt if that is ever released, although the GOP should make it their battle cry with respect to all the Abramoff accusations.

Posted by: jim hamlen at January 19, 2006 3:53 PM

Jim: Good idea, but use the word "censored" for maximum effect.

Posted by: PapayaSF at January 19, 2006 3:56 PM

Heard on Rush (he has a guest host) that senators will receive an unredacted version and Grassley will probably arrange to have it leaked. I hope he doesn't get cold feet.

Posted by: erp at January 19, 2006 4:10 PM

I'm worried that the Republicans want the unredacted report as a user's manual.

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at January 19, 2006 4:50 PM

Well, since the MoveOn™ Left seems to be wanting to act out the '90s, but with the roles reversed and with a happy ending this time, why not give them the plot for the sequel?

But you are right. While this might be of interest from an historical, "see I told you" point of view, unless it can be directly and clearly tied to St.Hillary (the patron saint of commodity traders, Chinese arms dealers and trailer parks) that's all it can ever be.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at January 19, 2006 5:50 PM

Cisernos was already a lucky, lucky man. Just think of poor Ron Brown, not just dead but laughed at at his funeral.

Posted by: Lou Gots at January 19, 2006 7:42 PM