Independent Counsel Robert Ray’s Final Report

This is the Final Report of the investigation of Independent Counsel, Robert W. Ray, into Monica Lewinsky and others in relation to the Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan Association.

The report was filed on May 18, 2001 and released on March 6, 2002, two years after President Clinton left office.

Robert Ray, 39, succeeded Kenneth Starr as Independent Counsel on October 19, 1999. He inherited Starr’s investigation and had to write the final report.

Ray previously worked for Independent Counsel Donald Smaltz on the prosecution of Clinton’s former Agriculture Secretary, Mike Espy. Ray’s appointment was criticised by Clinton’s spokesman, Joe Lockhart, as a “dubious proposition”. [Read more…]


A Very Brief Introduction To The Clinton Impeachment

Bill Clinton was elected the 42nd President of the United States in 1992. He assumed office on January 20, 1993.

ClintonAlmost from the outset, he was dogged by accusations, allegations and purported scandals, notably the Whitewater matter.

At the mid-term congressional elections in 1994, the Democratic Party lost control of both the House of Representatives and the Senate for the first time since the early 1950s.

By the end of 1995, the Executive and Congressional arms of government were locked in combat over an ambitious political agenda put forward by the Republican Speaker, Newt Gingrich. [Read more…]


Clinton Pardons McDougal In Final Act As President

President Bill Clinton has issued pardons for about 90 people, including his former Whitewater business partner, Susan McDougal, the woman who went to jail rather than give testimony to a grand jury.

Bush-ClintonPictures of McDougal in shackles remain a potent image of the Clinton years.

McDougal was convicted in 1996 in a trial where Clinton gave testimony in her defence. She maintained throughout the Whitewater investigations that Clinton was never involved in illegal loans.

Her then husband, James McDougal, now deceased, was also convicted, but co-operated with Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr and implicated the Clintons. His wife steadfastly defended the Clintons and waged a war of words with Starr, accusing him of a political witchhunt.

Clinton has also pardoned his former Housing Secretary, Henry Cisneros, who resigned in 1996 over allegations that he lied to the FBI about payments he made to a former mistress.



Correspondence and Agreed Order in the Settlement of Clinton’s Case

This is the text of correspondence exchanged yesterday in which President Clinton reached a settlement with the independent counsel, Robert Ray.

These are the letters exchanged between David E. Kendall, a lawyer for President Clinton, and Robert W. Ray, the independent counsel, in which they agreed to a settlement. Also included is the order that the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, Ark., issued yesterday, suspending for five years the president’s right to practice law in Arkansas. [Read more…]


Statement From Special Prosecutor Robert Ray On President Clinton

This is the text of a statement by Special Prosecutor Robert Ray.

The statement, on President Clinton’s last full day in office, acknowledges that Clinton has admitted giving evasive and misleading answers to questions in the Paula Jones deposition and has agreed to a five-year suspension of his law licence.

“The nation’s interests have been served and, therefore, I decline prosecution,” says Ray.

Text of statement by Robert Ray, the Special Prosecutor, made on President Clinton’s last full day in office.

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen. Fifteen months ago, I promised the American people that I would complete this investigation promptly and responsibly. Today I fulfill that promise. [Read more…]


Clinton’s Law Licence Suspended For Five Years

As Bill Clinton prepares to leave the White House after eight years as President, his licence to practice law has been suspended for five years.

Text of statement released by President Bill Clinton.

Today, I signed a consent order in the lawsuit brought by the Arkansas Committee on Professional Conduct which brings to an end that proceeding.

I have accepted a five-year suspension of my law license, agreed to pay a $25,000 fine to cover counsel fees and acknowledged a violation of one of the Arkansas model rules of professional conduct because of testimony in my Paula Jones case deposition. The disbarment suit will now be dismissed. [Read more…]


Clinton Impeachment Trial: White House Counsel Charles Ruff’s Opening Statement

This is the opening statement by Charles Ruff in the Senate impeachment trial of President Bill Clinton.

Ruff was White House Counsel to the President.

Opening statement by Charles Ruff, White House Counsel.

WHITE HOUSE COUNSEL CHARLES RUFF: Mr. Chief Justice, members of the Senate, distinguished managers.

William Jefferson Clinton is not guilty of the charges that have been proffered against him. He did not commit perjury. He did not obstruct justice. He must not be removed from office.

Now, merely to say those words brings into sharp relief the fact that I and my colleagues are here today, in this great chamber defending the president of the United States. [Read more…]