2009-12-19 12:00

Prosecutors investigating Bill and Hillary Rodham Clinton were

prepared to seek indictments of them for their roles in the Whitewater and

Monica Lewinsky affairs, an explosive new book about the former president’s

scandals charges.

In The Death of American Virtue: Clinton vs Starr, due out in

February, author Ken Gormley also says that Lewinsky believed Bill lied about

their affair during grand jury testimony about his relationship with the White

House intern.

The Associated Press on Friday obtained a copy of the book by

Gormley, a Duquesne University law professor, about the scandals that enveloped

the final years of the former president’s second term. Excerpts from the book

were first reported on Thursday on the Politico news website.

Calls seeking comment from now-Secretary of State Hillary and the

former president’s foundation weren’t immediately returned on Friday.

Gormley didn’t return AP calls seeking comment; his publicist,

Penny Simon, said Gormley wouldn’t speak about the book until its February 16


Former independent counsel Kenneth Starr’s office spent millions in

the 1990s on a probe of Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky and efforts to cover it

up, which led to the president’s impeachment by the House.

Starr’s five-year

probe also investigated the Clintons’ Whitewater business dealings, the suicide

of deputy White House counsel Vincent Foster, firing of White House travel

office workers and charges that White House officials misused FBI files.

After Starr left office, his successor, Robert Ray, sent a message

to the ex-president that he was prepared to prosecute Bill Clinton.

The book

says Ray “took steps to instill the fear of God in the White House.”

“I wanted them to know I was coming,” Ray said. “I was completely

of the view that if I was not prepared to carry out the threat, it wasn’t worth


Lewinsky told Gormley that Clinton lied in grand jury testimony

about the sexual affair they had.

“There was no leeway on the veracity of his statements because they

asked him detailed and specific questions to which he answered untruthfully,”

Lewinsky said this year, according to the book.

Starr prosecutors in 1998 proposed to formally indict Hillary

Rodham Clinton on charges she and a former law partner lied about her business

dealings with Madison Guaranty, a failed savings and loan connected to friends

James and Susan McDougal, Gormley wrote.

The indictment was drafted against Clinton and Webster Lee Hubbell

to be filed in Arkansas federal court, the book says.

“Yet the consensus was that any effort to prosecute Mrs Clinton

would be extremely risky,” Gormley wrote.

Prosecutors believed that “getting an

Arkansas or a Washington grand jury to indict the First Lady seemed like a long


Starr prosecutors instead decided to focus efforts on charges against the

former president, the book says.


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