Quick refresher course on how the impeachment of President Bill Clinton began....
The Whitewater controversy was an American politics controversy that began with the real estate investments of Bill and Hillary Clinton and their associates, Jim and Susan McDougal in the Whitewater Development Corporation, a failed business venture in the 1970s and 1980s.
New York Times article published during the 1992 U.S. presidential campaign reported that Clinton and his wife had invested and lost money in the Whitewater development project.
David Hale, the source of criminal allegations against President Bill Clinton in the Whitewater affair, claimed in November 1993 that Bill Clinton, while governor of Arkansas, pressured him to provide an illegal $300,000 loan to Susan McDougal, the partner of the Clintons in the Whitewater land deal. Clinton supporters regarded Hale's allegations as questionable, as Hale had not mentioned Clinton in reference to this loan during the original FBI investigation of Madison Guaranty in 1989. Hale also had a history of creating dummy companies, then looting their federal funds, such as SBA loans, and then allowing them to fail. Only after coming under indictment for this in 1993 did Hale make allegations against the Clintons.
In other words.....there never was a there...there.
The Clintons lost money in a real estate deal in the 70's and 80's. Bill Clinton became president in 1993. David Hale first made allegations against the Clintons in 1993.
Bill Clinton was stalked from year one of his presidency. The Whitewater issue was a non-issue, but it got the Republican screech machine moving towards discrediting, and then, eventually, impeaching Clinton for something else entirely.
The hopelessly corrupt media in the 90's helped move the faux-scandals forward....until finally, an explanation by Clinton in a civil deposition that consensual oral sex was not really, you know, sexual intercourse......led Republicans to write articles of impeachment against the popular Democratic president.
I remind you of Whitewater and the Clinton impeachment because a few rabid conservatives today think that they have impeachment level charges to bring against Barack Obama in the recent Joe Sestak (D-PA) political saga.
The seven Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee today called on Attorney General Eric Holder to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Joe Sestak's suggestion that he was offered a White House job in exchange for dropping his (ultimately successful) challenge to Sen. Arlen Specter in the Pennsylvania Democratic Senate primary.
Here's what Joe Sestak said yesterday about this matter.....
Sestak said he was called last summer by President Clinton, who "expressed concern over my prospects if I were to enter the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate and the value of having me stay in the House of Representatives because of my military background." Sestak said that during the call, which the White House said was in June and July, Clinton relayed a message from White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel there was interest in Sestak serving on a presidential board.
"I said no. I told President Clinton that my only consideration in getting into the Senate race or not was whether it was the right thing to do for Pennsylvania working families and not any offer. The former President said he knew I'd say that, and the conversation moved on to other subjects," Sestak said in his statement.
Politicians talking politics. Apparently, now an illegal action.
Republicans know, just like they did in 1993 with David Hale's bullsh*t over Whitewater, there is nothing to see in the Joe Sestak case. That doesn't matter. For those who want to "take their country back" from the commie forces led by the Dark Knight, all that's needed is the creation of doubt.
I have no idea whether this pimple of a story will develop into a full blown infected boil of a cluster-political-f*ck......but I'm not going to be shocked if it does.
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