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April 21, 2005

"Mystery Witness" Rats on Hill & Bill Hollywood Fundraiser

Unless, somehow, this can be pinned on Tom DeLay, you'll never hear about this again. So enjoy:

A Democratic fund-raiser involved in Senator Clinton's 2000 campaign has offered a guilty plea to bank fraud charges and is likely to become a government witness at the upcoming federal trial of a top finance aide to Mrs. Clinton, David Rosen, court records obtained by The New York Sun show.

As part of an FBI investigation into alleged campaign finance reporting violations by Mrs. Clinton's campaign, the mystery witness secretly taped a conversation with Mr. Rosen in September 2002 and apparently tried to elicit statements from the former Clinton staffer about financial irregularities involving an August 2000 Hollywood fund-raising event.

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In the documents reviewed by the Sun, the name of the FBI informant is not disclosed. However, the records offer intriguing clues that suggest the mystery witness operated at the highest echelon of Democratic politics.

"The CW [confidential witness] is related to an extremely prominent and well-known political figure...."

[T]he informant began working with the FBI in July 2002."The CW states that s/he is active in fundraising for the Democratic Party. CW assisted in the U.S. Senate campaign of Hillary Clinton. S/he was involved in the planning of the Clinton Gala," Mr. Smith wrote in January 2003. "The CW is the target of an FBI investigation on unrelated bank fraud charges. S/he has since signed a plea agreement, and has agreed to cooperate in this case.".

A-hem. A relative of a prominent political figure? I don't want to speculate about nefarious doings based on sketchy evidence (I'll leave that to the multiple layers of fact-checking editors at the New York Times), but were any of the, um, usual suspects in Dutch with the law in 2002?

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A source familiar with the case said the reference to the informant being "related to" a famous politico means there is a familial tie. The source, who asked not to be identified, said the informant is not related to President or Mrs. Clinton.

Damn it all!

Oh, well. It's not like they're the only ones we're out to get. Scandals about Bill Clinton are soooooo 1998, and Hillary! is scandal-proof anyway. All she does is give that little fake stage-laugh when asked about her various shady schemes and the MSM chuckles along with her.

... November 2004 filing indicates the FBI was planning to use the informant in an investigation of "a prominent political figure who may be involved in illegally soliciting foreign nationals to contribute to national political campaigns." The target of the inquiry was suspected of "funneling illegal campaign contributions from foreign nationals to individuals running for federal office."

Democrats? Illegally soliciting contributions from foreigners? That's just crazy-talk, that's what that is.


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