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Clintons Got $10M From ‘Friends’ To Pay Off Legal Bills

From Paul Bedard at the Washington Examiner:

Friends gave Clintons $10 million to pay debts — and they still stiffed lawyers for years

By Paul Bedard | June 10, 2014

When Bill and Hillary Clinton left the White House, donors had covered all but $3.9 million of their still growing scandal legal bill — easily covered by her 2000 $4 million book advance — but they didn’t pay off their lawyers for years.

Using two legal defense funds that raised about $10 million while Clinton was president, the former first couple got donors including author Stephen King, actor Robert DeNiro, singer Tony Bennett and Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson to give up to $10,000 each.

Not to mention Charlie Trie (who gave the Clinton defense fund $450,000) and probably some Chi-Coms.

Even taxpayers eventually coughed up $85,000 for lawyers handling a long list of scandals including Whitewater, impeachment and the Monica Lewinsky sex affair. Clinton had asked the government to cover $3.5 million, but a court cut it to $85,000.

That is real chutzpah.

But according to Hillary Clinton’s Senate financial disclosure forms, the couple’s legal bill wasn’t fully paid until sometime in 2004 or 2005, when the same documents revealed a joint bank account worth between $5 million and $25 million and a blind trust valued at $5 million to $25 million. And that form didn’t include Bill Clinton’s massive speaking fees and earnings from his own multi-million dollar book…

But even before they left the White House, Hillary Clinton had inked an $8 million book deal, demanding some $4 million up front, and Bill Clinton was working a deal that gave up some $15 million for his book. He also earned millions giving speeches after leaving office.

More than two years later, New York Daily News reporter Tim Burger wrote that “Bill and Hillary Clinton have become fabulously wealthy since leaving the White House, but they’re still stiffing their lawyers.” He revealed, for example, that the president’s top scandal lawyer, Robert Bennett, was still owed $1 million…

In other words, even after they were rolling in money, the Clintons still refused to pay their debts. — So they really are typical Democrats.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, June 11th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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