InsightMag.com recycled Clinton myths, Vince Foster conspiracy theories
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In a May 14 column about Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) headlined "Media ignores Hillary's scandals," InsightMag.com's "Washington Watch" claimed, "It is right to ask with fresh lenses: What was her role in Whitewater, the death of [Clinton administration deputy White House counsel] Vince Foster, the curtailment of 'bimbo eruptions,' Travelgate, Filegate, and Monicagate?" The anonymously authored column continued: "Did she have an affair with Vince Foster -- as was reported in The American Spectator in the 1990s? Is she a lesbian, as has also been rumored for years?"
Several independent investigations have determined that Vincent Foster's death was a suicide and that former President Bill Clinton and Sen. Clinton were not involved in a cover-up related to his death. Media Matters for America has documented multiple attempts by right-wingers to advance the rumor that Clinton is a lesbian or bisexual (here, here, here, and here).
Extensive official investigations into Whitewater, "Travelgate," and "Filegate" also found no criminal wrongdoing by Hillary Clinton. Robert Ray, the third and final Republican-appointed counsel assigned to investigate the Clintons, announced on September 20, 2000, that he had closed the six-year-long Whitewater probe after concluding that "the evidence was insufficient to prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that either President or Mrs. Clinton knowingly participated in any criminal conduct." In a June 2000 report on the firings of White House Travel Office employees, Ray wrote that the decision to fire the employees was "lawful" and that "the evidence is insufficient to prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that either Mr. [former White House director of administration David] Watkins or Mrs. Clinton committed perjury or obstruction of justice during the course of their testimony before GAO, the Congress, and this investigation." And in March 2000, Ray determined that, in regard to members of the Clinton White House having obtained confidential FBI files, "[T]here was no substantial and credible evidence that any senior White House official, or First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton, was involved in seeking confidential Federal Bureau of Investigation background reports of former White House staff from the administrations of President Bush and President Reagan.''
As Media Matters previously documented, InsightMag.com baselessly claimed that Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL) attended a madrassa as a boy and that this information had originated from Clinton's campaign.
From InsightMag.com's May 14 "Washington Watch" column:
It is right to ask with fresh lenses: What was her role in Whitewater, the death of Vince Foster, the curtailment of "bimbo eruptions," Travelgate, Filegate, and Monicagate? Any other candidate with this kind of past would surely be put into the hot seat on these points.
Did she have an affair with Vince Foster -- as was reported in The American Spectator in the 1990s? Is she a lesbian, as has also been rumored for years? (In fact, this was also alleged by Gennifer Flowers. In her memoir, entitled Gennifer Flowers, Passion and Betrayal, written in 1995, the former Clinton mistress states that Bill said of Hillary: "She's had more women than I have!").