BYE-BYE WILLIAM J?
[CN: I spoke with Sherman Skolnick on August 4, 1996.]
You heard that Bill Clinton had a meeting recently?
Within the last couple of days, there was a meeting, arranged by
Robert Strauss, an elder statesman of the Democratic Party,
together with other leading Democrats. They told Clinton that
they had been informed by Kenneth Starr, the independent counsel,
that Hillary, most likely if not for certain, would be indicted
between the Democratic convention at the end of August and the
November Presidential election. Strauss told Clinton (this is
according to Strauss's friends) that the Democrats do not want an
"October Surprise" that could bring down the Democratic Party
with Clinton; they want him to resign, two days before the
They intend to put up two people that they feel would be more
suitable to the convention and the voters: John D. Rockefeller
IV (of course, he's known as Jay Rockefeller), and possibly Al
Gore, depending how the public perceives whether Gore is so close
to Clinton or not. If not Gore, then a running mate on the
ticket would be John Kerry.
The "October Surprise" situation is, if an indictment comes
against Hillary after September (assuming that Clinton becomes
the nominee at the convention), it becomes an unprecedented
situation. What will happen to Democrats running for Congress?
Or for Senate?
So we can look for the press to be stepping up attacks on
Clinton, these next few weeks?
Probably so. However, there are legal problems. Strauss's
friends are not convinced that Clinton exactly made a candid
statement that he *is* going to do as he's been ordered to do,
that is, resign. They can embarrass him, of course, by not
making him the nominee at the convention. The other problem is
legal: *were* he to resign and he becomes a private citizen,
then if Hillary *does* get indicted (as Kenneth Starr has told
Strauss) then Clinton himself can be named as a co-defendant with
his wife. He only has immunity from prosecution, under the U.S.
Constitution, as long as he remains in office. You can only
remove a U.S. President by way of impeachment; that's all you can
do to him. You cannot prosecute him. (At least that's the
interpretation of that provision of the Constitution.)
So is Clinton going to fight this?
Well... Some at the meeting were concerned that the strange wave
of violence may not be accidental, that somebody may be
orchestrating that, because it seems to support keeping those in
From all that I know, I think that Clinton will in fact resign.
He's under a tremendous pressure all the way around! I mean, if
he resigns he may go to jail.
Okay. There's another "elder statesman" that made a statement
recently: Barry Goldwater made the statement that he likes Bill
Clinton, and the only way that he would vote for Bob Dole would
be if Dole was the *only* candidate running for office. To me,
that seems like a *really* major statement: he's the elder
statesman of the Republican Party and he's turning "thumbs down"
Please note that it was Barry Goldwater that put the finishing
touch in many ways to Nixon. It was Barry Goldwater, on behalf
of a GOP delegation, that went to Nixon and says, "*You* must
So both of these elder statesmen carry a lot of weight.
Especially Strauss. He's big with the oil industry. All you've
got to do is look him up in *Who's Who*; I'm sure they've got a
complete run-down of how "plugged-in" he is.
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