Hillary's dumb idea

March 09, 1998

The Chicago Tribune wrote in an editorial Wednesday.

SPECIAL Counsel Kenneth W. Starr is raising hackles these days for misusing his authority in an attempt to prove wrongdoing by the Clintons. But he may have met his match in the arrogant-overreach department -- and it's Hillary Rodham Clinton.

According to a report in the Washington Post, in 1996 Mrs. Clinton ordered White House lawyers to prepare a report critiquing the work of Susan Schmidt, the Post's Whitewater reporter. Mrs. Clinton wanted the report released as a public document, the Post said, but cooler heads prevailed; it was kept confidential.

At the time, White House press secretary Michael McCurry reportedly called it "the dumbest idea I've ever heard in my life." That sounds about right.

It's one thing for elected officials to care about public relations. It is quite another for them -- or their relatives -- to use public workers to satisfy their paranoid suspicions.

Pub Date: 3/09/98

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