Nixonians remember Sam Dash as the Majority Counsel who organized and orchestrated the Ervin Committee’s Watergate hearings.
Many years later, in 1994, Professor Dash reemerged from the Georgetown Law Center to serve, mostly unhappily, as an ethics adviser to Whitewater Independent Prosecutor Ken Starr. After Mr. Dash died in 2004, the papers he had donated to the Library of Congress —including those dealing with the Whitewater gig— were suddenly part of the public domain.
In today’s Washington Times, Jerry Seper provides a fascinating overview of material relating to Hillary Clinton, who was then the First Lady.
A decade before Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton admitted fudging the truth during the presidential campaign, federal prosecutors quietly assembled hundreds of pages of evidence suggesting she concealed information and misled a federal grand jury about her work for a failing Arkansas savings and loan at the heart of the Whitewater probe, according to once-secret documents that detail the internal debates over whether she should have faced criminal charges.
Ordinarily, such files containing grand jury evidence and prosecutors’ deliberations are never made public. But the estate of Sam Dash, a lifelong Democrat who served as the ethics adviser to Whitewater Independent Counsel Kenneth W. Starr, donated his documents from the infamous 1990s investigation to the Library of Congress after his 2004 death, unwittingly injecting into the public domain much of the testimony and evidence gathered against Mrs. Clinton from former law partners, White House aides and other witnesses.
The documents, reviewed by The Washington Times, identify numerous instances in which prosecutors questioned Mrs. Clinton’s honesty, an issue that continues to dog her on the campaign trail after she was forced to acknowledge earlier this year exaggerating a story about coming under sniper fire as first lady during a visit to Bosnia in 1996.
Mr. Seper details incidents in which the First Lady’s testimony was found untruthful, including her concealment of the work she did for —and the money she made from it— the controversial Madison Guaranty Savings and Loan Association.