The ongoing FBI and press
cover-up of the murder of Vince Foster
Something Hillary and Trump
Should Agree On
by Hugh Turley
Both presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could agree that something is “fishy” about the latest media coverage about the death of Vince Foster on July 20, 1993.
On June 2, 2016, a news story in the Daily Mail seemed designed to attract a right-wing audience by blaming Hillary Clinton for the suicide of Vince Foster. The “exclusive” story by Ronald Kessler claimed Hillary “attacked and humiliated [Foster] in front of other White House aides a week before he took his own life.”
The story quickly spread among conservative news outlets and was repeated by Rush Limbaugh. No one bothered to verify if the story was true. At the time of the alleged humiliation of Vince Foster, one week before his death, Hillary Clinton was traveling in Asia and Hawaii.
The New York Times and AP reported on Mrs. Clinton's trip to the G-7 Summit in Tokyo with the President and her mother in early July. She remained after President Clinton returned to Washington and was joined by Chelsea and two of her friends in Hawaii. This is well documented in Hillary's book “Living History.” Lisa Caputo, press secretary to Hillary Clinton, testified to Senate that she was with the First Lady in Los Angeles on July 20 on their return trip from Hawaii and Japan.
The story by Kessler published in the Daily Mail and repeated by Clinton's opponents was not new. Kessler first wrote this story in 2011, in his book The Secrets of the FBI and later in 2014 in The First Family Detail: Secret Service agents reveal the hidden lives of presidents.
Former FBI agent Coy Copeland was the senior investigator who read the reports of other agents. According to Copeland, what never came out publicly was that the agents learned that about a week before his death, Hillary Clinton and Foster, who was her mentor at the Rose law Firm in Little Rock, held a meeting to go over the health care legislation she was proposing. Those who were present told the FBI agents working for Starr that Hillary violently disagreed with a legal objection Foster raised at the meeting and humiliated Foster in front of aides, Copeland says.
"Hillary put him down really, really bad in a pretty good-size meeting,” Copeland says. “She told him he didn't get the picture, and he would always be a little hick-town lawyer who was obviously not ready for the big time.”
Based on what “dozens” of others who had contact with Foster after that meeting told the agents, “The put-down that she gave him in that big meeting just pushed him over the edge,” Copeland says. “It was the final straw that broke the camel's back.”
Clearly, Foster might have decided to commit suicide regardless. But based on the FBI investigation, this episode a week before his suicide triggered his decision to end his life. Asked why he excluded it from his report Starr did not respond.”
Kessler also wrote:
Foster was profoundly depressed, but Hillary lambasting him was the final straw because she publicly embarrassed him in front of others,” says former FBI supervisory agent Jim Clemente, who was also assigned by the FBI to the Starr investigation and who probed the circumstances surrounding Foster's suicide. Speaking about the investigation for the first time, Clemente says, "Hillary blamed him for failed nominations, claimed he had not vetted them properly, and said in front of White House colleagues, 'You're not protecting us' and 'You have failed us.' That was the final blow."
Family members, friends, and aides told FBI agents that after that meeting Foster's behavior changed dramatically...Foster was already depressed, and no one can explain a suicide in rational terms. But the FBI investigation concluded that it was Hillary's vilification of Foster in front of other White House aides, coming on top of his depression, that triggered Foster's suicide about a week later, Copeland and Clemente both say.
Patrick Knowlton and I examined over 20,000 pages documents from the Vince Foster death investigation, including scores of FBI handwritten notes and interview reports of friends, family and co-workers of Foster. Many of these FBI documents that we reviewed at the National Archives were unredacted. We never saw any mention of a meeting, a week before Foster's death with Hillary, Foster, and other staff present, not even a tele-conference.
The FBI has been covering up the murder of Vince Foster with the help of the news media since 1993. FBI agents have falsified interview reports to make it appear Foster's car was at Fort Marcy Park when it was not. Grand jury witness Patrick Knowlton was harassed and intimidated before his testimony.
This latest FBI ruse is particularly bold because it clearly is not true that Hillary was at a White House meeting with Foster a week before his death.
The FBI participated in the Park Police investigation, the Fiske investigation, and the Starr investigation. Although the Senate technically did not conduct a death investigation, the FBI participated in the Senate hearings too.
The cover-up of the murder of a White House official is a crime against society and the American people. The cover-up of the murder of Vince Foster should concern both Democrats and Republicans.
This case is important because it proves, most shockingly, that the public cannot rely on the press to keep government honest.
The latest attempt to cover-up the murder unfairly blames Mrs. Clinton for causing a suicide, when she clearly did not. Trump, who has been opposed by establishment Republicans that have long ignored Foster's murder, should not be silent.
The proof of the cover-up is found in Ken Starr's Report on the death of Vince Foster. The US Court of Appeals that appointed Starr ordered him to include evidence of the cover-up, over his objection, in his own Report as an appendix. It is stated in the appendix to the Report, “the FBI concealed the true facts surrounding Mr. Foster's death” and “the FBI obstructed justice in this matter.”
The news of this historic appendix to the Independent Counsel's Report has been suppressed by the news media since 1997 when it was made public. It is available at university libraries and online.
In 2016 the Daily Mail published false stories
covering-up the murder of Foster by calling it "suicide."
In June, 2016, the press and the FBI created an audacious lie to try again to convince people that Vince Foster killed himself. Their latest lie is designed to attract opponents of Hillary Clinton by blaming her for Foster’s “suicide,” by saying she humiliated him in front of White House staff a week before he died.
Ronald Kessler, in an article published in London’s Daily Mail, stated that FBI agents Jim Clemente and Coy Copeland wrote witness interview reports of White House staff that documented the humiliation of Foster by Hillary. The Daily Mail added to this lie in August, 2016, with another article by Kessler claiming these FBI reports were “missing from the National Archives.”
These stories by Kessler, Clemente, and Copeland are clearly false because Mrs. Clinton was thousands of miles from Washington, D.C. in the week before Foster died on July 20, 1993. Mrs. Clinton left Washington early on July 5, 1993, flying to Tokyo. Her trip is well documented by her daily itinerary at the Clinton Library, Senate testimony, and press accounts of her visits to Japan, Korea, and Hawaii. Mrs. Clinton traveled with her mother and they returned to Little Rock, AK., on July 20, 1993.
Furthermore, the First Lady said that she had no scheduled meetings with White House staff that included Vince Foster in the weeks before leaving for Asia.
Journalist Ronald Kessler
Mrs. Clinton in Kamakura Japan on July 9, 1993
Mrs. Clinton was in Honolulu at the same time the Daily Mail and FBI agents say she was in Washington, DC.
Hillary Clinton's daily calendar from the Clinton Presidential Library proves that the FBI story of her humiliation of Foster is not true.
The false stories were then repeated by: Newsmax, Lew Rockwell, The Washington Post, Infowars, Esquire, Zero Hedge, Free Republic, Patriot Tribune, Washington Free Beacon, RT, World Tribune, National Enquirer, Pat Robertson, KSFO.com, The Washington Times, Rush Limbaugh, James Corbett of the Corbett Report.
FBI Agent Coy Copeland
FBI Agent Jim Clemente
Kessler, Copeland, and Clemente fabricated stories that Hillary Clinton was in Washington when she was in Asia and Hawaii.
An investigative reporter who writes for a British newspaper is claiming that documents indicating Hillary Clinton had a role in “triggering” the 1993 “suicide” of Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster have vanished from the National Archives.
Foster’s body was found July 20, 1993, in Fort Marcy Park not far from his White House office. The death was officially ruled a suicide by the U.S. Park Police, and by independent investigations led by Robert Fiske and Kenneth Starr. But the common thread woven through all three investigations was the FBI, which critics say worked to cover up the real cause of Foster’s death.
Ronald Kessler, formerly a reporter for the Washington Post and Wall Street Journal, reported for the London Daily Mail Tuesday that he has twice requested documents from the National Archives that would show Hillary Clinton publicly berated and “humiliated” Foster in front of his peers during a meeting at the White House one week before his death, sending an already-depressed Foster over the edge into suicide. But Archives officials have been unable to locate the interview reports that were supposedly filed by FBI agents.
There’s a simple explanation for that, contends a group of authors with a competing theory on the death of Vince Foster. They say the documents Kessler is requesting simply do not exist.
Hugh Turley, co-author of the 2006 book “Failure of the Public Trust,” available for free download on the authors’ website, points out that then-first lady Clinton was not even in Washington at the time she is said to have publicly ridiculed Foster at the White House. She had been on a two-week trip to Japan and then to Hawaii, landing in Los Angeles on July 19 and then on to Little Rock, Arkansas, on July 20, the day Foster was found dead in the park.
“She’d been away from Washington for a good two weeks,” said Turley. “These stories about her humiliating him in the White House, those are just made up, and now they say their interview reports are missing. Well, they never existed. It’s sort of like saying Peter Pan’s birth certificate is missing. There never was one!”
Clinton’s trip overseas during that time is corroborated by a July 10, 1995, deposition from Clinton aide Lisa Caputo.
A Wall Street Journal article from 2008 reveals Hillary’s schedule during the Foster episode and documents that the last time she had met with Foster was more than a month before his death.
Conservative media ‘jumps’ on Kessler story
Kessler first reported the claim of Clinton “triggering” Foster’s suicide on June 2, and that story was widely circulated in the conservative media. The story Tuesday added the caveat that no public records could be produced by the National Archives in support of the theory.
“Conservative people tend to jump on anything that’s anti-Hillary, and so this story is very appealing to them because it presents her as a bully,” Turley said. “And this is being used to suck people into the suicide story.”
In his book co-authored with Patrick Knowlton and John Clarke, Turley concludes that Foster was likely murdered and that the government covered it up by making it appear to be a suicide. The three men have assembled exhaustive public documents on their website, FBICover-up.com, and a federal judge ordered Starr to include a 20-page appendix to his report that was authored by Turley, Knowlton and Clarke. Knowlton was a witness to the case and Clarke is a Washington-area attorney.
Kessler’s story was told to him by two former FBI agents, Jim Clemente and Coy Copeland.
“These FBI agents know the mainstream media is already invested in reporting that it was a suicide and nobody is going to go back and check the facts on it, because nobody calls them on it,” Turley said.
“These FBI agents are very specific it was just a week before he died. If she’s away traveling for two weeks how can that be?” Turley added.
Trying to ‘sell’ suicide theory?
Turley told WND he conducted an exhaustive paid online search of newspaper coverage of the first lady during the time leading up to Foster’s death.
“All the press coverage at the time puts her over there, in Tokyo and then Hawaii,” he said. “We have been to the archives and we have read the FBI interview reports, and nobody, nobody, has said that she humiliated Vince Foster, and nobody even talked about her being around, because she was out of town.
“I searched for stories that mentioned her during that period, and all the newspaper accounts were about her traveling in Japan with her mother and then returning to Hawaii to meet Bill and Chelsea for vacation. So there’s just no question about her location. But they’re trying to sell the suicide theme.”
Clarke, co-author of “Failure of the Public Trust,” is just as adamant that the White House meeting could not have occurred one week before Foster’s death. Clarke told WND be believes Clemente lied to Kessler to push the suicide theme.
“She was out of town. The whole thing’s just ridiculous. We have so much evidence on our website that it was a murder cover-up, and this is just propaganda,” Clarke said. “We went through over 20,000 pages of records. And it’s just not true. Not only was she not there, but they had a good relationship [Hillary and Foster] and it just didn’t happen.”
Kessler did not immediately return emails from WND seeking comment Tuesday.
Kessler reports that the blowup between Clinton and Foster came during a meeting about her proposed health-care program. He attributes the story about the public berating to interviews the FBI conducted with White House aides and Foster’s friends and family, interview reports that Kessler says vanished from the Archives.
“Hillary angrily disagreed with a legal objection Foster raised at the meeting and ridiculed him in front of his peers, former FBI agent Coy Copeland and former FBI supervisory agent Jim Clemente told me,” Kessler writes. “Copeland was Starr’s senior investigator and read the reports of other agents working for Starr.”
Kessler says Clemente told him Hillary went so far as to blame Foster for all the Clintons’ problems and to accuse him of failing them.
Clemente was assigned by the FBI to the Starr investigation and probed the circumstances surrounding Foster’s alleged suicide, but Turley and Clarke say he should not to be trusted given the FBI’s record of botched protocol in the Foster investigation. They charge the FBI with witness tampering and suppression of key evidence that would have suggested foul play in Foster’s death.
Foster allegedly shot himself in the mouth with a .38-caliber pistol.
But WND reported in February that Foster had a second wound on his neck, either a small-caliber bullet hole or a Taser dart, and the FBI failed to present photographs that clearly showed the wound. They were revealed by Starr’s lead prosecutor on the case, Miguel Rodriguez, who resigned in frustration when his findings were ignored by Starr’s other top deputies, WND reported, citing the Rodriguez resignation letter on file at the Archives.
Patrick Knowlton, a key eyewitness who was at Fort Marcy Park 70 minutes before Foster’s body was found, said he saw a rust-brown older Honda with Arkansas plates parked in the parking lot. Foster’s Honda was gray and newer but Knowlton says he was pressured by the FBI to change his testimony. When he refused, Knowlton said he was followed and intimidated by what appeared to be government agents.
The car color was just one of the many discrepancies that Fiske and Starr chose not to report but are included in the 20-page appendix.
Another oddity is the missing X-ray of Foster’s body in the autopsy report. Then there was the fact that Foster’s fingerprints didn’t appear on the gun. Nor did he have any grass or dirt on his shoes after supposedly hiking from his car to a remote section of the park.
‘Was Foster depressed?’
Kessler’s writings support the narrative that Foster was “profoundly depressed” after moving from Little Rock, where he was a partner with Hillary Clinton in the Rose Law Firm, to Washington to serve at the White House.
“Foster was profoundly depressed, but Hillary lambasting him was the final straw because she publicly embarrassed him in front of others,” Clemente told Kessler. “Hillary blamed him for failed nominations, claimed he had not vetted them properly, and said in front of his White House colleagues, ‘You’re not protecting us’ and ‘You have failed us,’ Clemente says. “That was the final blow.”
After the White House meeting, Foster’s behavior changed dramatically, the FBI agents told Kessler.
“Those who knew him said his voice sounded strained, he became withdrawn and preoccupied, and his sense of humor vanished,” Kessler writes. “At times, Foster teared up. He talked of feeling trapped.”
“Those who knew him said his voice sounded strained, he became withdrawn and preoccupied, and his sense of humor vanished. At times, Foster teared up. He talked of feeling trapped.”
Again, Turley and Knowlton dispute this characterization.
James Rutherford had lunch with Hillary Clinton at her mother’s home in Little Rock the morning after Foster’s death, and he testified Mrs. Clinton “was in complete shock and disbelief at the thought of Foster committing suicide.”
More than two weeks later, she remained incredulous about the suicide ruling.
“Of a thousand people who might commit suicide, I would never pick Vince,” Hillary Clinton told the New Yorker in an Aug. 9, 1993, article titled “The Suicide” by Sidney Blumenthal.
Yet, Turley says, the American public is to believe Hillary changed her mind. They are asked to believe that she trusted the conclusion of Ken Starr, the longtime Clinton nemesis, when there was ample evidence to suggest her longtime friend was murdered.
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