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Did Hillary Clinton Try To Silence Juanita Broaddrick? She Told NBC News That ‘Nobody’ Ever Did

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Did Hillary Clinton Try To Silence Juanita Broaddrick? She Told NBC News That ‘Nobody’ Ever Did

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As the presidential campaign unfolds, the Republican right and its assiduous enablers in the mainstream media seem determined to transform Hillary Clinton from a victim of her husband’s personal transgressions, whether real or alleged, into some kind of perpetrator.

Most such accusations against the former Secretary of State are vague at best; many are specious, fabricated political propaganda. But there is one highly specific claim against her lodged by Juanita Broaddrick, the Arkansas nursing home owner who has said that Bill Clinton raped her almost 40 years ago – and that Hillary Clinton sought to intimidate her against speaking out only weeks after that alleged assault.

In recent days Broaddrick — an avowed supporter of Donald Trump – has been attacking the Democratic presidential candidate on Breitbart.com and other right-wing media outlets. Last week she posted the claim that “Hillary tried to silence me” about the alleged rape on her Twitter account.

But as with all of Broaddrick’s sensational charges, it is hard to know what to believe about that accusation because she has also said — and perhaps sworn — precisely the opposite.

Of all the sex-based stories that have surfaced about Bill Clinton over the past 25 years, Broaddrick’s charge of a violent, felonious assault in the spring of 1978 was especially perplexing. In 1997, she gave a sworn statement to lawyers representing Paula Jones insisting that the incident never occurred. Several months later, in April 1998, under a grant of immunity from Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, she insisted that it had indeed happened.

With all the resources at his disposal, including a corps of FBI agents and private investigators, Starr’s ultimate findings about the Broaddrick matter were “inconclusive.” He forwarded Broaddrick’s deposition under seal to Congress while impeachment proceedings were under way, in hopes of damaging Clinton, but he never sought to include this unambiguously impeachable offense in his official brief against the president.

Still, Starr’s apparent ambivalence didn’t dissuade Broaddrick from taking her story public. Nearly a year after she gave her testimony to the independent counsel, she appeared on NBC News Dateline for an interview with correspondent Lisa Myers.

On video, Broaddrick tearfully described her alleged encounter with Clinton, sought to explain why she had denied being raped for almost 20 years, and – in a moment that is now relevant again – affirmed that nobody had ever tried to intimidate her, when Myers asked why she had never publicly discussed the alleged incident.

From the Dateline transcript of February 24, 1999:

Lisa Myers: Did Bill Clinton or anyone near him ever threaten you, try to intimidate you, do anything to keep you silent?

Juanita Broaddrick: No.

Myers: This has been strictly your choice.

Broaddrick: Yes.

Several months later, in August 1999, Broaddrick told the Drudge Report about an encounter with Hillary Clinton at a Clinton campaign rally in her hometown, only weeks after the alleged rape. According to Broaddrick, Hillary came up to her, took her hand, and thanked her for “everything you do for Bill.” Hillary held on to her hand tightly, according to Broaddrick, and repeated the phrase, “everything you do for Bill.”

In 2003, around the time that Hillary Clinton’s memoir Living History was published, Broaddrick appeared on Fox News Channel with Sean Hannity to repeat that same story, with even more chilling overtones:

[Hillary] made her way just as quick as she could to me….I almost got nauseous when she came over to me. And she came over to me, took ahold of my hand and said “I’ve heard so much about you, I’ve been dying to meet you. I just want you to know how much that Bill and I appreciate what you do for him.” And I said thank you and started to walk away.

And this little soft-spoken – pardon me for the phrase, this dowdy woman, who seemed very unassertive – took ahold of my hand and squeezed it, and said, “Do you understand, everything that you do.”

With Hannity, Broaddrick added: “I could have passed out at that moment. And I got my hand from hers and I left…She held onto my hand and she said, do you understand? Everything that you do. And cold chills ran up my spine at that moment. That’s the first time I became afraid of that woman.”

Lisa Myers says that Broaddrick also told her about the Hillary encounter at the Clinton re-election event. But if so, that part of the interview never aired on NBC and Myers did not respond to an email inquiry about it.

Leaving aside the sinister spin, this anecdote raises a nagging journalistic question: Why did NBC air videotape of Broaddrick saying that neither Bill Clinton nor anybody “near him” – a phrase that clearly would have included his wife – had ever threatened, intimidated, or done anything to “silence” her, if she told them the opposite about Hillary Clinton?

A second nagging question is whether Broaddrick ever told Starr’s investigators about Hillary’s alleged attempt to intimidate her. Having received a grant of immunity against prosecution for perjury, did she tell them that Hillary – also a target of Starr’s investigation – had tried to “silence” her? Or did she tell the Office of Independent Counsel — as she later said on NBC — that nobody had ever done so?

The next person to interview her might ask.

Photo: U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton listens to her introduction at a campaign event in Sioux City, Iowa, United States, January 5, 2016. REUTERS/Jim Young

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Joe Conason

A highly experienced journalist, author and editor, Joe Conason is the editor-in-chief of The National Memo, founded in July 2011. He was formerly the executive editor of the New York Observer, where he wrote a popular political column for many years. His columns are distributed by Creators Syndicate and his reporting and writing have appeared in many publications around the world, including the New York Times, the Washington Post, The New Yorker, The New Republic, The Nation, and Harpers.

Since November 2006, he has served as editor of The Investigative Fund, a nonprofit journalism center, where he has assigned and edited dozens of award-winning articles and broadcasts. He is also the author of two New York Times bestselling books, The Hunting of the President (St. Martins Press, 2000) and Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth (St. Martins Press, 2003).

Currently he is working on a new book about former President Bill Clinton's life and work since leaving the White House in 2001. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, including MSNBC's Morning Joe, and lives in New York City with his wife and two children.

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  1. Jinmichigan January 12, 2016

    Geez, imagine Broaddrick is a t rump supporter. It’s not like t rump wouldn’t say any freakin’ thing about anybody. Why would anyone believe this story and all the changes over the years. They’ll be giving her a show on FOX pretty soon.

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    1. 1standlastword January 12, 2016

      It all has to do with the three main and most important P’s for our political games and these 3-P’s are of the greatest interest and have the highest priority in American politics; they are Profit first, Penis and Pussy….That’s it—PPP

      Look at how much time Michigan wasted on Courser and Gamrat for a current example

  2. I of John January 13, 2016

    This scandal was brought to you by Trump…because he can’t sink any ethically lower.

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  3. Eleanore Whitaker January 13, 2016

    Hey Mr. Conason…where are your blurbs about Trump’s FinCen lawsuit of $22 million for laundering money to terrorists?

    Trump has nearly 2 dozen lawsuits related to business against him. The FinCen lawsuit was brought because he allowed “some” high roller patrons of Middle Eastern descent to launder money they won in Taj Mahal back to their terrorist organizations.

    This is the president our neo bourgeois high rollers with big money want for president? Sorry, but when a guy like Trump can’t even maintain control over one casino, how will he deal with North Korea?

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    1. Buck Ofama January 13, 2016

      Feel free to post a link to those “blurbs,” fool.

  4. BushCheney2016forMerica January 13, 2016

    Watch Fox News and learn the TRUTH!! obummer is a lazy kenyan born, radical muslim
    socialist waging a racist jihad against America from our WHITE House, that he
    stole in 2008 and 2012 with Acorn and the Black Panthers. And Shillary is a
    lesbian who shot Vince Foster because she was pregnant with his love child!!!

    BENGHAZI!

    BENGHAZI!

    BENGHAZI!

    Join Tea Party Patriots, and our GOP Heroes and
    DEMAND additional tax cuts for the noble Job Creator class! Lets get help to
    those who so desperately need it, and stop wasting money on obozocare to the
    poor and middle class, end the socialist giveaways like Socialism Security,
    Mediscam & Medifraud, SNAP, ACA, and so called unemployment benefits for
    the lazy poor and “entitled” middle (MOOCHER) class like the
    democrats want. It’s high time for these folks to stop playing the victim and
    start taking personal responsibility!

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    1. The lucky one January 13, 2016

      Nice piece of satire bud.

      1. jas January 13, 2016

        Too bad the folks in here are too damn stupid to realize it! But hey, we are talking about Gruberites here.

        1. The lucky one January 13, 2016

          Well I knew it had to be satire. He couldn’t be a Trump supporter because he can spell and write complete sentences.

          1. jas January 14, 2016

            Yup. Trump supporter are stupid. Yet the morons here still haven’t figured it out.

    2. jmprint January 13, 2016

      Yes, and then let’s all dress in military style with ak47 in tow, and march all the way to the border and take care of the those terrorist that are trying to cross our borders.

    3. dpaano January 13, 2016

      Racist much????

  5. Carolyn1520 January 13, 2016

    Who cares? It’s yet another pile of BS the right is throwing at the wall and hoping it will stick. That this person is a Trump supporter speaks for itself.

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  6. The lucky one January 13, 2016

    Funny how her story has mutated to maximize its usefulness to the ones who are doubtlessly paying her to speak. The fact that she is a Trump supporter indicates that she is mentally defective.

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    1. dpaano January 13, 2016

      My feelings exactly…..it’s her one moment of fame!

    2. nana4gj February 18, 2016

      Oh, I hadn’t heard. It figures.

  7. nana4gj January 13, 2016

    So much hogwash. That statement by the scorned wife could have meant, “Everything, including telling the truth.”

    It is inconceivable that someone who had actually been “raped”, when given the opportunity to safely make the allegation, would choose not to, protected by powerful individuals to do so. It is also becoming more inconceivable for so many adult women, who willingly place themselves in the sole company of any powerful man, to believe they were forced, doped, or otherwise taken advantage of, sexually.

    There are some actions women have been taught for years to avoid in order to keep ourselves safe from unwanted sexual advances that can result in violence against us, such as rape. These actions can be “preventive” under certain circumstances. Other circumstances are unavoidable. There are enough women who are raped under unavoidable circumstances without other women choosing not to avoid circumstances that are preventive.

    At any rate, the woman who is the wife of the husband who cheated is not responsible for the well being of the woman who chose to cheat with her husband. Ask Ivana Trump; ask all of the wives how they feel about “the other woman.” Said wife has enough to deal with herself and her family and her marriage. She owes these women nothing.

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    1. Bob Eddy February 18, 2016

      See Bill Cosby. Who, incedently, for many years carried the right wing torch for decency, morality and goodness.

      1. nana4gj February 18, 2016

        I have to say I always found him a bit “eerie”, or “creepy”. I never felt he was so special in his persona. I don’t know what’s true and what’s not or how it all happened if is is true, but, I never cared for him and did not hold him up to my pre teen age kids. He was not an influence in my home.

        I just have a nagging question which is why would a woman accept a pill from a man with whom she is alone in a room?

        1. Bob Eddy February 19, 2016

          That would be a valid question were it one woman, but it was literally dozens, but the answer would quite simply be that she didn’t expect to get raped. “This will relax you, this will relieve stress, this will calm you, this will help you concentrate, make you more……(fill in the blank) and, remember, this was at the suggestion of someone they trusted and admired, not at the suggestion of a stranger. It is that trust and naievity that he preyed on. Like you, I never really trusted him. All too often it is those who hold themselves up to be paragons of morality that turn out to be the serial abusers.

  8. itsfun January 13, 2016

    Yep good ole Bill is as innocent as the driven snow and Hillary is a loving, understanding, kind and wonderful person.

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    1. dpaano January 13, 2016

      Remember….people who live in glass houses….. I’m sure neither you or your buddy, G. Gallagher, are snow white either! And, since we were present when this so-called event occurred, we really have little to say about it!! She may be telling the truth, but the facts are spotty!

      1. itsfun January 13, 2016

        I’m not running for President. As a citizen I can say anything I want about it.

      2. jas January 14, 2016

        C’mon, when do facts ever get in the way of a good leftist shriekfest? Do leftists care about facts when they complain about “Rape Culture in America”? Or how about the completely made up “One in Five” ? But when one of your own actually rapes or attempts to rape someone, like Bill or roving bands of Islamic Rape Squads, you leftist scum go all hillary and blame the victim. I know, I’m a dipshit. Doesn’t change a thing I’ve said.

    2. Bob Eddy February 18, 2016

      You finally get it! Thank you!

  9. g. gallagher January 13, 2016

    please America, LIAR,LIAR, PANTS ON FIRE, anyone but shillary for president! we don’t need her for anything. no 1st man/ rapist/ pervert in the white house again. heaven help U.S.

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    1. jmprint January 13, 2016

      Hillary is the only one qualified to run the presidency. Don’t judge her on hear say, nor on her husbands faults.

      1. Bob Eddy February 18, 2016

        If the right wing didn’t have hearsay, there would be no right wing press. Twenty five years of rumors, accusations, character assassination and blathering and so far they have proof of one inappropriate sexual encounter with a consenting adult.

    2. Bob Eddy February 18, 2016

      Here’s what I don’t understand and perhaps you can help me. Twenty five years of accusations, character assassination, brutal scrutiny and investigations by the right wing and the only thing proven so far is one case of innapropriate (but not illegal) sexual contact with a consenting adult. Isn’t it rather odd that with this level of criminal activity and this level of scrutiny something more hasn’t been verifiable?

  10. OHGirl January 13, 2016

    In general, I would prefer to give rape victims the benefit of the doubt and am sickened when they are essentially “raped” again by the system. In this case though, I have a question. If you had just been violently raped by a political candidate, would you be at a rally for him 2 weeks (or any other time) after the rape? Maybe she’s explained that somewhere else, but it doesn’t really make sense to me. Short of going to physically harm or embarrass him, there’s no way I would have gone near him or showed any support for him at all.

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  11. dpaano January 13, 2016

    The fact that she’s a Trump fan negates anything she has to say in my book! They’ll use anything they can to discredit Hillary, and this is just one more in a chain of BS!

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    1. jas January 13, 2016

      Don’t worry sweety, everyone already knows it’s only rape if someone you don’t like does it.

      1. Eleanore Whitaker January 14, 2016

        Don’t worry Tootsie…no one expects a sane or rational thought from dipshits.

        1. jas January 14, 2016

          Uh-huh. Lol, yeah, I’m a dipshit…for thinking that rape means something more to leftists than just a weapon to beat someone with. I bet you can’t wait until the roving bands of islamic rapists get here, amirite? Yeah, of course I am. Don’t worry, I doubt you are their type. I think they like feminine women.

          1. Eleanore Whitaker January 14, 2016

            Who does most of the raping in the US? Not women..not children…YOUR Gender. M E N…now go ahead feast at the table of denial coward boy.

            As for leftists, progressives and centrists…it is your Conservative men who act as if they are entitled to have Ferrari zippers…Gingrich’s 3 wives remind you of anything or that VA Sen. with the Venzuelan Tootsie and illegitimate kid?

            Yes..all dipshits are totally incapable of admitting they are spineless, gutless men who know rape is wrong but do it anyway. All dipshits are the kind who believe they are always right and can never be wrong. Well, sorry…but this time I am telling you you are wrong. It isn’t Islamists you need to worry about raping women…It’s your southern and midwestern hot pants men. They act as if this is still the Antebellum days when women were nothing more than mindless chattel to be owned like slaves.

          2. jas January 14, 2016

            Lol. What a moronic statement. So all men are rapists? You really are a sick piece of crap, aren’t you? All men are rapists EXCEPT ol Bill Clinton. Got it. Lol what a easy tool you are. Clearly you are incapable of intelligent thought. Have fun being a perma victim. Now go ahead and get the last word, we both know your infant brain demands it. Toodles, you freak.

          3. Eleanore Whitaker January 14, 2016

            Show me where I posted “ALL MEN ARE RAPISTS”…can’t can you? All men are responsible for self control just like all adult women are. The problem is that you men do not police your own gender.

            One reason a woman is a better choice for president is because any woman has the ability to control herself far better than any man.

            I’ll prove it. How many women of all ages go clawing a naked guy? For that matter, how many women even drool over any naked man who isn’t immortalized by some famous sculpturer?

            Yet, you men from time immemorial have a significant problem saying “NO” to a naked woman. Admit it freak boy. Admit that you need to police your gender to reduce the number of men who believe rape is their best form of controlling women..something any pyschologist would tell you. But a coward like you who can’t win an argument with facts will always try to escape when he has been soundly proven wrong.

          4. Buck Ofama January 14, 2016

            I see you’ve met Smellsomemore Shitlicker, the motor mouth of National Memo.

      2. Buck Ofama January 14, 2016

        She’s very familiar with men not wanting to do it with her..

    2. Eleanore Whitaker January 14, 2016

      When they make up childish names for the President of the US who saved their butts from Bush’s disasters, they only prove how low on the feeding chain they are. Too bad though that it’s our tax dollars providing their existence. They owe us and they know it and can’t stand it.

      You can just bet that the same men and women who go around calling this president names will be wearing out the “C” word, when not “if” Hillary wins. Get ready for the men who say that women shouldn’t vote for a female based on gender to start with their gender biased name calling.

      This, from the obtuse, sand fleas who have ONLY voted for men for the past 235+ years.

  12. jas January 13, 2016

    Lol! Who knew that liberals only support rape victims if their attackers are conservative? Just kidding. Everybody knows. So when are you guys going to start a gofundme page to show solidarity with the Islamic Rape Squads roaming around Europe?

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  13. Eleanore Whitaker January 14, 2016

    Men likeBuckieBeaver ask for links when they live in a world of denial. They feed on denial. Most psychos do. Psychos know that if they have to face cold, hard facts, they have to face life they can’t control…So Bucko..in response to your request to provide a link about the FINCEN lawsuit against Trump, I provide a link and also the blurb from the Casino rag, http://calvinayre.com/2015/03/11/casino/taj-mahal-can-keep-trumps-name-faces-anti-money-laundering-charges/

    Since i know you are incapable of accepting facts and truth due to mental illness, here is the actual blurb from this link:

    “The US Financial Crimes Enforcement Network (FinCEN) issued a $10m civil money penalty against Trump Taj Mahal for willful and repeated Bank Secrecy Act (BSA) violations in anti-money laundering (AML) program requirements, reporting obligations, and record-keeping requirements.

    FinCEN said that prior to current violations; Trump Taj Mahal had a long BSA’s violations history in 2003 and was penalized $477,700 in 1998 for currency transaction reporting violations.

    “Trump Taj Mahal received many warnings about its deficiencies,” said FinCEN Director Jennifer Shasky Calvery. “Like all casinos in this country, Trump Taj Mahal has a duty to help protect our financial system from being exploited by criminals, terrorists, and other bad actors.”

    As everyone but Bucko knows here in NJ, this blurb comes directly from the Casino Industry’s chief reporting source.

    Now, Fantasy Brain in Grand Denial Fest mode, should you need further confirmation, as you can see from the blurb, The US Financial Crimes and Enforcement Network, FINCEN, is another source you can use to try and contradict, obstruct and pretend away facts. These are facts “I” can prove in any US court of law. You have yet to prove a single post legally. Because…you can’t.

    So while you are sitting there looking for some more cowardly excuses to play your denial games, try acting like a man and not some sand flea.

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  14. Bob Eddy February 18, 2016

    Wow! “We appreciate everything you do for us.” How absolutely terrifying! Am I missing something?

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    1. g. gallagher February 18, 2016

      ya, i’d say you “missed the boat” – morals of an “alley cat”- b.c.& h.r.c.

      1. Bob Eddy February 18, 2016

        And the brains of that ally cat’s stool. The entire morally bankrupt, ethically challenged right wing.

  15. g. gallagher February 18, 2016

    this old story still on?

    Reply

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