March 24, 1998 |
Nathan Landow, a Maryland developer and a major Democratic Party fund-raiser, is a potential key to unlocking the puzzle of whether Bill Clinton is involved in obstruction of justice, perhaps the most serious legal threat facing the President. Landow's name came up in connection with Kathleen Willey, who testified in January that Clinton fondled her in the White House on Nov. 29, 1993 - an allegation Clinton has denied. Furthermore, Willey has testified that Landow pressured her in October to lie to investigators about the incident.
March 17, 1998
Does the President of the United States sometimes act like a sex-crazed frat boy? And if so, so what? It's time for the specter of such behavior - which President Clinton has denied under oath - to be taken more seriously by shoulder-shrugging citizens. Now, allegations have been made publicly that are neither murky, second-hand rumors - nor transparently self-serving. A former White House worker, Kathleen Willey, has told a grand jury and a national TV audience that Mr. Clinton crudely pawed her a few steps from the Oval Office in 1993.
March 19, 1998 |
In the fall of 1992, candidate Bill Clinton flew into the airport in Richmond, Va. Only a handful of supporters greeted him. Clinton had lost his voice and whispered to Virginia's then-Lt. Gov. Donald S. Beyer: "I remember that woman from some fund-raising activity, but I can't remember her name. " " 'That's Kathy Willey,' " Beyer said he told the candidate. It was a name Clinton would come to remember. Active politically in Virginia and an enthusiastic Clinton-Gore fund-raiser, Kathleen Willey ended up as an obscure White House volunteer.
March 21, 1998 |
Such is the power of the TV image, especially one effectively stamped "Approved by '60 Minutes,' " that a lot of sophisticated and influential people declared that Kathleen Willey was a credible person after watching her affecting, emotional appearance with correspondent Ed Bradley Sunday night. "I have to say she has a great deal of credibility," said Patricia Ireland, president of the National Organization for Women. "I found her credible," said Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, R-Miss.
January 29, 1998 |
President Clinton's sex life ought to be off-limits to snoopy prosecutors, litigators and reporters. That's what his defenders have been fuming, and if recent allegations portrayed only a standard-issue adulterer, I might sympathize. Some of America's greatest public servants cheated on their wives. But there are two reasons why such a tolerant attitude won't fly with Bill Clinton. The women he supposedly came on to included relatively powerless employees. And there is the question of committing or encouraging perjury.
May 6, 1999
The only person to be prosecuted in the Monica Lewinsky affair is a bit player named Julie Hiatt Steele. Did we say prosecuted? We meant "persecuted. " Steele is on trial in federal court in Virginia over a complicated series of alleged lies involving her friend, Kathleen Willey. Willey told a Newsweek reporter that President Clinton made an unwanted sexual advance, and that she told Steele about it the day it happened. Steele told federal investigators that Willey asked her to back up the story, even though it wasn't true.
March 28, 1998 |
If the current roller coaster in Washington proves nothing else, it's that citizens need an antidote to the piety and pomposity that passes for most political analysis. With "experts" taking everything so seriously, it's easy to forget that the first intelligent response to much of today's "news" is an ear-piercing scream. What's needed is anti-punditry that showcases the charades infesting public life - and that trumps the blowhards who think every fresh word from Paula Jones' lawyers or Bill Clinton's spin doctors could tilt the republic.
March 18, 1998 |
A Beverly Hills book publisher said a lawyer for Kathleen Willey tried to persuade him over a two-month period to buy the former White House volunteer's life story, including her account of an unwelcome sexual advance in the Oval Office. Michael Viner, head of New Millennium Entertainment, said the lawyer, Dan Gecker of Richmond, Va., told Viner he needed $300,000 for the book because Willey was facing a legal judgment for roughly that amount. Viner said Gecker first approached him about seven or eight weeks ago at Willey's request.
March 17, 1998 |
Over the years, whenever a woman has alleged that President Clinton is an unfit guardian of the nation's morals, the White House spinmeisters have sprung into action - claiming that any such woman is motivated by greed, is in cahoots with a right-wing conspiracy, or is obsessed with something that did or didn't happen a long time ago in a state far, far away. By those yardsticks, Kathleen Willey may be Bill Clinton's worst nightmare. This is a woman who has no alliance with conservatives and who is reluctantly charging that something tawdry happened right there in the seat of national government.
March 20, 1998 |
So when does it end? Will we spend the next 22 months talking about President Clinton's sex life? True, it's not just about sex. It's about character and, perhaps, obstruction of justice, lying and sexual harassment. Yes, Kathleen Willey made a powerful presentation. She appeared credible enough that it was hard for Anita Hill's defenders not to come forward on Willey's behalf. Some of them - notably Hill herself and Patricia Ireland of NOW - did. And it's difficult not to be upset with the President.