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Garrow: ‘Liberal Media Burying Hillary Clinton’s Unethical, Watergate Past’

Right-wing pundit and conspiracy theorist Jim Garrow is pointing fingers again, this time at the liberal media who has worked up to cover up Hillary Clinton’s early career firing during the Watergate scandal.

“One of the things we teach our children is that it’s important to be consistent,” he posted on Facebook about Clinton’s early career mishap. “Hil(l)ary is a prime example of a leopard not being able to change its spots.”

He continued by claiming the media is responsible for the cover-up. “Boy do her writer buddies in the press ever try to convince you that those spots are really stripes.”

Unlike many of Garrow’s more far-fetched claims that Obama is in cahoots with aliens or that he ordered the murder of an Hawaii official to cover up his foreign birth, this one has at least some basis in fact.

In 1974, a young, twenty-something Hillary Clinton was working as a legal aide investigating the Watergate scandal when her office mate allegedly complained to the boss about Clinton’s “erroneous legal opinions and efforts to deny Nixon representation by counsel — as well as an unwillingness to investigate Nixon.”

Ultimately, Jerry Zeifman, counsel and chief of staff of the House Judiciary Committee, fired Clinton but chose not to report her ethical violations to the appropriate bar association or keep proof of the alleged ethical misconduct.

Instead, he spoke out against Hillary during husband Bill Clinton’s impeachment and 32 years later he published a book, chronicling Clinton’s rise to power in which he wrote, “Hillary Clinton is ethically unfit to be either a Senator or  President–and if she were to become President, the last vestiges of the traditional moral authority of the party of Roosevelt, Truman and Johnson will be destroyed.”

He also went public with the firing. Since then, Clinton’s Watergate involvement has become an all-out internet rumor, taking a life of its own and turning Clinton into one of the masterminds of a “seemingly implausible scheme to deny Richard Nixon the right to counsel during the investigation,” and meant to preserve the legacy of John F. Kennedy.

Clinton has never responded to the allegations and Zeifman’s claims are hard to prove nearly 40 years later, making the story, while not entirely implausible considering she was a young, perhaps overly ambitious attorney at the time, simply short of hard facts.

Yet, that has not stopped Garrow and fellow right-wingers from claiming the ‘lame-stream’ and ‘red rag’ media have imposed a cover-up and calling on Americans to “Consider this… Hillary Clinton was actually FIRED from the Watergate Committee for FRAUD and ETHICS violations!”

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  • Grannyb2

    Doesn’t it strike some cognative dissonance when Garrow alleges: “office mate allegedly complained to the boss about Clinton’s “erroneous legal opinions and efforts to deny Nixon representation by counsel — as well as an unwillingness to investigate Nixon.”
    She supposedly doesn’t want to investigate Nixon, but she also doesn’t want him to have counsel. And at the time she is still a Republican but wants to preserve JFK’s legacy.
    Perhaps Garrow’s intellect is on vacation.

  • lugnut

    Some in the watergate committee’s leadership was in cohorts with Nixon, a front group. Hillary wasn’t and challenged them on offering Nixon counsel he didn’t need. Why would this organization be so interested in offering Nixon counsel, when they were suppose to be the ones investigating Nixon actions in watergate anyway? Nixon ALREADY had all the counsel afforded him as president and even his personal lawyers.

    • Grannyb2

      And that is the part that doesn’t make sense in his accusation. The whole thing is just a poorly thought out attempt to smear Hillary. No evidence, no paper trail, nothing but something someone supposedly said sometime.
      Stinks.