Gary Condit: Clinton Redux
July 18, 2001
again, the nation's capital is consumed by scandal
involving a public officeholder and an intern.
details of Rep. Gary Condit's situation are not identical
with Bill Clinton's lying under oath about his relationship with
Monica Lewinsky. But any smart lawmaker would have
learned from the Clinton affair that obfuscating, misleading,
denying and telling untruths will not work.
Condit has chosen to live in a glass house and he
cannot draw the curtains and pretend nothing has happened.
Yet the California congressman has done just that and, in
the process, served himself and his constituents poorly.
should have cooperated with investigators from the
moment Chandra Levy disappeared on May 1. He should
have volunteered to take a lie detector test administered by
the FBI. He should have been forthright about his relationship
with Ms. Levy, who is his constituent and had worked as an
intern at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons in Washington.
[Please read the rest of this article in the archives at the Hartford COURANT website]
Helped Friend Secure Presidential Pardon
By DAVID LIGHTMAN
The Hartford Courant, February 24, 2001
- Sen. Christopher J. Dodd personally wrote
President Clinton a two-page letter requesting a pardon for
Edward Downe Jr. of New York, who pleaded guilty in 1993
to violating tax and securities laws. Clinton granted the full
and unconditional pardon last month.
a former director of the Bear Stearns investment
firm, was also accused by the Securities and Exchange
Commission of providing inside information to friends and
family in the late 1980s, an effort that, according to the SEC,
allowed them to amass $13 million in profits. Dodd, who was
present at Downe's sentencing hearing in 1993, is an old
friend. "They've known each other for 20 years," said Dodd
spokesman Marvin Fast. "He's a very good friend."