Let’s say NBC News released this unedited interview with Juanita Broaddrick. The Clinton campaign is ready to counterattack. In the latest Wikileaks document dump, the campaign, including Clinton’s lawyers, were compiling information against Broaddrick after her January tweet where she rehashed the rape allegations against Bill Clinton (via WaPo):
There is no evidence that the campaign publicly responded to Broaddrick’s tweet. But the email exchange between Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta and David Kendall, a personal attorney for Bill and Hillary Clinton, offers unusual insight into how Clinton’s aides prepared to deal with one of the most sensitive topics it would face during the campaign.
The emails show that Kendall and Podesta discussed the matter by phone that evening. The next day, Kendall forwarded Podesta a series of documents showing that Broaddrick had previously denied the rape allegation under oath.
Among the documents Kendall sent was an affidavit that Broaddrick had submitted in a sexual harassment lawsuit filed by Paula Jones against Clinton, in which she indicated that she did not have “any information to offer regarding a non-consensual or unwelcome sexual advance by Mr. Clinton.”
Kendall also attached a portion of the report from the Office of Independent Counsel Ken Starr, which investigated allegations against Clinton. Those allegations included one that Clinton had lied under oath in the Jones case by denying having sexual relations with intern Monica Lewinsky. After being given immunity for possible perjury charges by Starr, Broaddrick said her affidavit in the Jones case had been false and that she gave public interviews alleging the rape.
Kendall explained to Podesta: “Starr was seeking more evidence against the President, any way he could, and he immunized Broaddrick to protect her from any prosecution for perjury if she now changed her story. Voila! She did, disavowing her sworn affidavit and sworn deposition testimony.”
By basic fairness, the Clinton accusers’ stories should be reheard, given the torrent of accusations lobbed against Donald Trump. Yes, the media reported on them before, but a whole slate of voters has never heard of these accusations against Bill Clinton, or the alleged acts of intimidation conducted by his wife against these women in order to save their political careers. NBC should release the tape, we should be able to hear what Juanita Broaddrick, Paula Jones, Kathleen Wiley, and Kathy Shelton (and other women) have to say about both Bill and Hillary; Shelton was a 12-year-old rape victim whose attacker plead down to a lesser charge. A young Hillary Clinton defended her attacker. Shelton said that the former first lady put her through hell during the proceedings.