As The Clintons crank up their bid for a third term in the White House (the canny pols have found a loophole in the Constitution: this time she, not he, will take the oath of office), the spoilsports at The New York Times have sent a signal they intend to keep rehashing and wallowing in old scandals from the Clintons’s first two terms. It happened in an obituary for an obscure bureaucrat who “worked mostly behind the scenes” in the West Wing.
With a huge headline, “Evelyn Lieberman, 71, Reassigned Young Clinton Aide,” The Times went into great detail pointing out that she was the first person on the White House staff to notice that Monica Lewinsky was spending waaaaay too much time in the Oval Office taking private dictation from the president.
According to the Starr Report, Ms. Lieberman had told a grand jury that Ms. Lewinsky had displayed “immature and inappropriate behavior”, was “spending too much time around the West Wing”, and was “always someplace she shouldn’t be.” (Under the desk?). ”I decided to get rid of her.”
So the “deputy for operations” sua sponte transferred the intern to the Pentagon. When the Big Guy got wind of what she’d done, he was not one bit pleased. He approached Ms. Lieberman and told her he had received a phone call about “an intern you fired” and she “was very upset about it.” President Clinton asked, “Do you know anything about this? Who fired her?” When Ms. Lieberman said she had done so, he backed off, and that, history will record, was the end of a fine romance.
Then The Times, presumably for the edification of millennials and others who never knew or may not remember, went on to remind readers that the 42d president was the only person ever elected to that office who was impeached for high crimes and misdemeanors. Completely unnecessarily, refusing to let bygones be bygones, obituary writer Sam Roberts rattles on: “The Clinton-Lewinsky Scandal led to the president’s impeachment in the House of Representatives in 1998. He was accused of lying under oath about his sexual relationship with Ms. Lewinsky, who was in her early 20s when she worked at the White House.” In a narrow vote, the Senate did not absolve him but they did not remove him from office.
Which raises the question, why is The Times using an obit of a minor official to disinter old Clinton scandals when there are so many juicy new ones available? As the Clintons always say, that’s old news, we’ve moved on. Righto.
What The Times should be asking is—where is the Clinton Strike Force hiding Bryan Pagliano?