Investigating Tuesday

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Sometime in the mid-1990s, I was talking to a senior Clinton White House official who was in a lousy mood. After Republicans had seized control of the House of Representatives in 1994 for the first time in four decades, they had launched a blizzard of investigations of the Clintons—some legitimate, some less so—and the administration was now besieged by a ton of requests for information and interviews. Whitewater, Filegate, Travelgate, the Vince Foster suicide, campaign finance irregularities, and more—the GOP demanded documents on all of it. (And this was before the Monica Lewinsky scandal.) One House Republican chairman on his own issued more than 1,000 subpoenas.

This Clinton official complained to me that under these circumstances it was damn tough for the White House to conduct regular business—overseeing the federal government, dealing with Congress on budgetary and legislative matters, and keeping the country secured. “And we have a lot of the best people in town working for us,” he said.

This official was correct in that regard. The Clinton White House was packed with competent lawyers and political professionals who were highly experienced in governing, politics, communications, and crisis management. By and large, they managed to tend to their day jobs and handle all the investigations hurled at them by the Newt Gingrich-led House Republicans. But it wasn’t easy. And even though the investigations did not bring down the Clinton administration, as many conservatives hoped, they made it more difficult for Clinton’s team to pursue its policy agenda during a time of divided government.

David Corn @ MOTHERJONES

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8 Responses to Investigating Tuesday

  1. David B. Benson says:

    *chirp*

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  2. °¿º Carol says:

    Still cold here, and we had sunshine all day. Probably got up only to 23°. The LR, where the thermostat is, was toasty, hence the rest of the house is cold. Cold in this computer room, that’s for sure. I have the furnace set for 67°, the LR has been 70ish and still is.

    No snow. I moved my trail cam to a tree near the edge of the ranch where I saw all those deer prints. I checked the card yesterday, all that was on it, other than me walking past to the bird feeders, was a cat.

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  3. °¿º Carol says:

    I wrapped presents last night in the basement. Plan to wrap some more, I should go down there right now so I could turn on the fireplace and warm up. Brrrrr.

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  4. David B. Benson says:

    No snow until next Monday and then rain. Rain?

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  5. Den says:

    Alas, I have no presents to give, poverty has a way of taking those kind of things away, we need to be happy we are warm and fed without medical problems.

    I do have a few die-cast cars to send to my grandson Chase and my Son Ryan, I hope Shelly likes driftwood, I have a bunch to unload.

    It will definitely be a low-cost Xmas but ya know, that’s OK, following the sheep into WallyMart and fighting over the latest China imported toy is disturbing.

    I can’t carve wooden dolls so my closet clog will have to do,
    Happy Xmas kids!

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  6. Den says:

    Passes for entertainment of todays’ youth. Get off my lawn!:

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  7. °¿º Carol says:

    Been working on Christmas cards this evening, just the designing, will review the rough copies tomorrow and decide if they need any changes, if not, then I’ll print, fold and mail.

    They waited all evening for a memo from Mueller, and there’s nothing much in it. The big story is the tons of redacting, so much of that tells a story.

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  8. David B. Benson says:

    After a week of no blood pressure medicine, systolic remains 114. 🙂

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