Arkansas Business' 25 Clintonites (25th Anniversary)

by Arkansas Business Staff  on Monday, Mar. 23, 2009 12:00 am  

Here's The New York Times take:

"In the cozy Lincoln Sitting Room, where Richard M. Nixon used to light fires in the summertime and confer with Henry A. Kissinger, the biggest surprise was Ms. Hockersmith's decision to go with the same coffered wallpaper and draperies she used in a recent Arkansas Designer Showhouse."

Oh my gosh! She used the same wallpaper that she'd used in Arkansas ! Unfortunately, she faced much worse.

After Vince Foster committed suicide, a torn-up note was found in his briefcase. It said the White House usher's office "plotted to have excessive costs incurred, taking advantage of Kaki and HRC." HRC was Hillary Rodham Clinton, and the note appeared to signal that Foster was concerned about how the public, or the press, would perceive the redecorating expenses.

Hockersmith's original cost estimates had risen while the project was under way, with the work ultimately costing at least $400,000. Only $50,000 in taxpayer funds was set aside for refurbishment. Hillary Clinton said private donors would cover the expense.

8. Webb Hubbell
Hubbell is the poster child for "how are the mighty fallen," having had it all and thrown it away with both hands. A little research, however, shows that he apparently has landed on his feet.

Webster L. Hubbell, a partner with Hillary Clinton in the Rose Law Firm, a former Little Rock mayor and former chief justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court, followed his friends to D.C. to take a post with the Justice Department as associate attorney general. He underwent a bruising confirmation process, partly because of his membership in the formerly all-white Country Club of Little Rock. It was a sign of trouble to come, though few probably knew it at the time.

As did so many, Hubbell came under a microscope as part of the all-encompassing Whitewater probe. But Hubbell did, in fact, have a skeleton or two in his closet: overbilling during his tenure at the Rose firm. He pleaded guilty to two felonies, and federal Judge George Howard sentenced Hubbell to almost two years in prison.

It wasn't over. In 1998, he was indicted twice. The first indictment named Hubbell, his wife, Suzy, and two associates, accusing them of tax evasion. The second accused Hubbell of concealing evidence in the Whitewater investigation. In 1999, Hubbell pleaded guilty to concealing evidence, a felony, and a misdemeanor count of tax evasion, and Kenneth Starr dropped the charges against the other three. This time, Hubbell didn't get prison but was sentenced to a year of probation, and Starr agreed to leave him alone. The U.S. Supreme Court later erased the misdemeanor charge of tax evasion.

Clinton said in 2004 that he regretted not granting Hubbell a pardon.

These days, Hubbell works for the McLaughlin Co. in Washington, D.C., an insurance and risk management company. He has a blog called "Webb Says," A February entry discussing the Madoff case notes: "The author of this is employed by Creative Risk Management and The McLaughlin Company who are both proud to say we did not have one client invest with Madoff."

9. Paula Jones
Jones, a one-time state worker, said in 1994 that back in '91, Gov. Clinton made "unwelcomed sexual advances" in a room at the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock and that these constituted sexual harassment. The White House denied it. End of story - not.



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