The former general counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, who supervised Hillary during the Watergate investigation, says her history of lies and unethical behavior goes back farther – and goes much deeper – than anyone realizes.
Hillary Clinton has been taking a lot of heat lately over the Bosnia sniper misfire, for which she has been derided and ridiculed by all but the most staunch of her supporters. It has even inspired the above YouTube video, which recently surpassed 1,500,000 views.
Now comes this bombshell from Jerry Zeifman, who supervised a much younger Hillary Clinton when she worked as a staffer for the Watergate committee:
'A lifelong Democrat, Mr. Zeifman supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. Hillary got a job working on the investigation at the behest of her former law professor, Burke Marshall, who was also Sen. Ted Kennedy’s chief counsel in the Chappaquiddick affair. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation – one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career.'
"Because she was a liar," Zeifman said in an interview last week. “She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.'
Mr. Zeifman also had this to say about a Hillary campaign rally in Connecticut in early February of this year:
'I have just seen Hillary Clinton and her former Yale law professor both in tears at a campaign rally here in my home state of Connecticut. Her tearful professor said how proud he was that his former student was likely to become our next President. Hillary responded in tears.'
'My own reaction was of regret that, when I terminated her employment on the Nixon impeachment staff, I had not reported her unethical practices to the appropriate bar associations.'
This is no small potatoes, like the cattle futures dustoff. From Mr.Zeifman's account, Hillary and others on the Committee, including former senior associate special counsel (and future Clinton White House Counsel) Bernard Nussbaum – engaged in a seemingly implausible scheme to deny Richard Nixon the right to counsel during the investigation by stealing Judiciary Committee files on the only precedent case that could have stonewalled their plot and drafting a legal brief that, according to Mr. Ziefman, "was so fraudulent and ridiculous Hillary would have been disbarred if she had submitted it to a judge."
Things were already very tough for the former First Lady. Her ex-President husband has not exactly been helping her on the campaign trail recently, and she is no doubt wondering what kind of artillery the dreaded Vast Right Wing Conspiracy is waiting to fire at her in the general election, should she make it that far.
This last torpedo, from a lifelong Democrat no less, may just be the one that sinks the Good Ship Hillary and her dreams of the presidency, which only a year ago looked like a cakewalk.
Though a year can be an eternity in politics, Hillary knows probably better than anyone (except maybe her husband) that political fortunes can turn overnight. A catastrophic world event, or any more nuclear political bombs dropped onto Obama's head between now and the convention, such as even more devastating news vis-a-vis the volatile Jeremiah Wright, whom even former Democratic New York Mayor Ed Koch has roundly condemned, can make this and the Bosnia Sniper Misfire recede in the minds of the electorate, whose memories can be exceedingly short on such matters as events develop.
It's going to be a lively one on the Democrat side. Perhaps even more so than the chaos and turmoil at the 1968 Democratic Convention in Chicago. Perhaps more than any other in American political history. One can only wonder what is going through Senator John McCain's head during these cyclone-like twists and turns for both Democratic candidates. I can only imagine they are inspiring some very wide grins.
Stay tuned, people. This one isn't over. Not by a long shot.