Bill Clinton: Kavanaugh Assault Accusations Payback for Investigating Clintons
Former president accuses Justice Kavanaugh of Vince Foster charade in 1990s
Clinton suggested Kavanaugh's sexual assault accusations was payback for investigating the Clintons in the 1990s.
"He didn't have any problem making us put up with three years of Vince Foster nonsense that was a total charade," Clinton at the Park Theater in Las Vegas during their final appearance their disastrous speaking tour.
Foster, a childhood friend of Bill Clinton, became deputy White House counsel in Clinton's White House in 1993 after being a partner at the Rose Law Firm in Little Rock, Ark.
But in July 1993, his body was found with a single gunshot wound to the mouth in Fort Marcy Park in Northern Virginia.
Following a three year investigation by independent counsel Robert Fiske, it was concluded Foster had committed suicide.
Kavanaugh was accused of dabbling in the conspiracy theories that swirled after Foster's death.
In 1995, Kavanaugh offered independent counsel Kenneth Starr to the opportunity to broaden his Whitewater investigation to include the Foster death.
Kavanaugh argued there was a possibility Foster was murdered, giving Starr the right to delve more deeply.
“We are currently investigating Vincent Foster’s death to determine, among other things, whether he was murdered in violation of federal criminal law,” Kavanaugh wrote to Starr in a March 24, 1995 memo.
“[I]t necessarily follows that we must have the authority to investigate Foster’s death fully.”
According to The Washington Examiner: The new Foster inquiry, led by Kavanaugh, gave assistance to conspiracy theorists, boosted Kavanaugh's reputation as a hard-charging Republican lawyer, and allowed Starr to continue investigating Bill Clinton, eventually leading him to the Monica Lewinsky scandal.
After a three-year investigation, Kavanaugh concluded in 1997 that Foster had indeed killed himself.
Bill Clinton argued in Las Vegas that all this meant Kavanaugh had no moral authority to complain about being hit with unsupported sexual assault accusations from his high school days.
Kavanaugh vehemently denied claims by Christine Blasey Ford stretching back to the early 1980s, when they both attended private high schools in the Maryland suburbs of Washington, D.C.
After days of angry Senate Judiciary Committee hearings that delved into Kavanaugh's personal life, he won confirmation to the Supreme Court by the narrowest margin since the 1880s.
Clinton said Kavanaugh's behavior harkened back to the notorious "red-baiting" lead lawyer and political adviser to Sen. Joe McCarthy, R-Wis., in the 1950s, Roy Cohn — who went on the represent Donald Trump in the 1970s and was known as a master of innuendo.
Clinton said Trump and his family have "been doing that for decades in business and other contexts."