Hillary Papers: Non-story on Vince Foster

posted at 9:55 am on March 20, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

The headline at the Wall Street Journal sounds so intriguing: “Clinton’s Calendar and Vince Foster”. The Washington Wire blogpost title conjures a connection that somehow sheds light on the suicide of the former Clinton adviser that has fueled a thousand or more conspiracy theories. Unfortunately, that headline provides the only connection, as Elizabeth Holmes wastes pixels by the bushel:

Among the many things Hillary Clinton’s schedule sheds light on are her activities before, during and after major events in her husband’s presidential tenure — such as the death of Vince Foster.

Uh, no it doesn’t, as Holmes herself explains in excruciating detail:

Foster, a lawyer from Arkansas, was in the same kindergarten class as Bill Clinton and worked at the same law firm as Sen. Clinton. After President Clinton was elected in 1992, Foster joined the White House as deputy White House counsel and handled many of the Whitewater-related tax returns. In July 1993, he was found dead in a park in Virginia with a gunshot wound. After a three-year investigation by Whitewater Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr, Foster’s death was ruled a suicide, but many conspiracy theories persist suggesting he was murdered.

The former first lady’s schedules reveal that the last time she met formally with Foster was more than a month before his death, on June 8, 1993. The schedule reads “Briefing for ATLA”—formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America, now the American Association for Justice—“w/ Vince Foster.” They met in Clinton’s office from 11 a.m. until noon, after which she had a private meeting. The details of that meeting were redacted from the schedule. …

The day before Foster’s death, Clinton was in Southern California. She spent the morning at Drew University of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, touring the facility and meeting with students, then attended a luncheon in honor of Iris Cantor, the head of a foundation that supports, among other things, women’s health care. She spent the night at a hotel in Santa Barbara.On July 20, 1993 — the day of Foster’s death — Clinton spent several hours conducting media interviews. She had a live appearance on the “Michael Jackson Show” (with the following rule: “Note: NO Call-in questions”), talked with the WAVE newspaper and later flew from Los Angeles to Little Rock, Ark.

That day, a Tuesday, Foster was reportedly found dead at a park in around 6 p.m. local time. According to her schedule, Clinton would have been in the air at that time (she wasn’t schedule to land in Arkansas for another two and a half hours).

I searched in vain for anything newsworthy in this post, but found absolutely nothing. There are no connections to Foster’s death. Hillary was not in town when he committed suicide, and hadn’t had a scheduled contact with Foster for over a month. Nothing in the record Holmes reviews suggests any sort of unusual activity or behavior.

Why write this post at all? It might make sense if it was written to explicitly point out no connection between Hillary and Foster’s suicide in the schedules, but that’s not how Holmes writes this post. She claims that this sheds light on Foster’s death, but it provides nothing new at all. Only the most paranoid Clinton Derangement Syndrome sufferers thought that Hillary somehow arranged for Foster’s death, or that the Clintons had him “bumped off” at all.

The Wall Street Journal should know better than this. It panders to nutcases and then fails to deliver on the promise of its headline and lede. I await with bated breath the non-story regarding the non-connection between Hillary’s schedules and the overdose death of River Phoenix.


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What, she didn’t put ‘Kill Vince Foster’ on her official schedule?

Well, I’m convinced.

James on March 20, 2008 at 10:00 AM

*wince*

RushBaby on March 20, 2008 at 10:03 AM

I cringed when I read that headline. I guess like BDS Clinton craziness can never be cured. I think this was a case of one Rupert Murdoch operation’s (NY Post) style leaking to another. The WSJ should know better.

seanhackbarth on March 20, 2008 at 10:08 AM

i dont think she or anyone in whitehouse had vince killed,,, but simply saying she was here or there dont prove otherwise unless,,, after all the people who believe along these lines dont think she actually shot him herself

rico101 on March 20, 2008 at 10:11 AM

I thought the actual weirdness in the VF case was the clearing of his office before the police were called.

MayBee on March 20, 2008 at 10:17 AM

Why write this post at all?

I think we all now the answer to that.

Grow Fins on March 20, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Michael Jackson had a show?

Tom_Shipley on March 20, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Didn’t Foster suffer from depression?

amerpundit on March 20, 2008 at 10:22 AM

Tom, it’s a different Michael Jackson. He’s been a radio personality in LA for decades, sort of a Charlie Rose type.

Ed Morrissey on March 20, 2008 at 10:31 AM

Al Capone was in Florida meeting with a district attorney at the time of the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. Doesn’t prove he didn’t orchestrate it.
/tongue somewhat in cheek.

Foster committed suicide. There is no need to hatch a conspiracy to murder him, the Clintons have done enough shady things (cattle futures, Asian campaign contributions) without resorting to paranoid fantasies. Clearing his office is bad enough.

rbj on March 20, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Foster committed suicide.

rbj on March 20, 2008 at 10:43 AM

Drowning in Whitewater.

fogw on March 20, 2008 at 10:50 AM

rbj on March 20, 2008 at 10:43 AM

What’s more important than knowing Hillary’s schedule at the time is knowing Maggie Williams’. She was the one who pilfered through Foster’s office.

seanhackbarth on March 20, 2008 at 10:51 AM

The question everyone needs to ask themselves is this;
How many people have you known in your lifetime that have died a violent death, gun suicide, plane crashes, car crashes hangings and even one decapitation.

The Clintons have been associated with 47 such deaths in just the last 20 years.

Things that make you go hmmmmm.

ChrisM on March 20, 2008 at 11:06 AM

Desperate times call for desperate misleading headlines. The NYT has got to do something to pull in a readership before it goes completely under water.

ihasurnominashun on March 20, 2008 at 11:16 AM

How many people have you known in your lifetime that have died a violent death, gun suicide, plane crashes, car crashes hangings and even one decapitation.

The Clintons have been associated with 47 such deaths in just the last 20 years.

Really? Name them. All of them, and causes of death.

I don’t buy it. Sounds too much to me like “Fire doesn’t melt steel.”

Meryl Yourish on March 20, 2008 at 11:20 AM

My understanding is that most of the conspiracy theories were not so much that the Clintons were responsible for murdering him, but that the suicide occurred in the White House, and that they had the body moved to the park. I think there were a lot of inconsistancies at the site regarding the body that lead to these theories.

synner_man on March 20, 2008 at 11:24 AM

Really? Name them. All of them, and causes of death.

I don’t buy it. Sounds too much to me like “Fire doesn’t melt steel.”

Meryl Yourish on March 20, 2008 at 11:20 AM

Wow, new to politics huh? Welcome to the game.

That aside, this is old news and I am not sure how accurate some of the information is, but many are.

http://partypolitical.blogspot.com/2007/10/deaths-associated-with-clinton-family.html

Ahh, the Clinton years. Fun times.

ClassicCon on March 20, 2008 at 11:27 AM

Ed Morrissey on March 20, 2008 at 10:31 AM

Kind of figured, otherwise video of that interview would be plastered all over YouTube and Hillary would be accused of being a racially-ambiguous pedophile.

Tom_Shipley on March 20, 2008 at 11:28 AM

Tom, it’s a different Michael Jackson. He’s been a radio personality in LA for decades, sort of a Charlie Rose type.

I think I’ve seen him guest host Larry King Live (if this is the same person).

Bigfoot on March 20, 2008 at 11:30 AM

I haven’t seen him do the guest-host spot for King, but he’d fit; he’s a guest-friendly center-left commentator. Good talk show host, no shoutfests.

Tom, LOL! You bet you would have, but can you imagine how that Michael Jackson would sound as a radio interviewer? Ugh.

Ed Morrissey on March 20, 2008 at 11:35 AM

ClassicCon,
Thanks, I was trying to dig through the links on my old computer to answer the comment, you just saved me a bunch of trouble.

And yes , it is old news, and it won’t go anywhere, but it’s still an interesting question.

ChrisM on March 20, 2008 at 11:36 AM

Yeah but where was she during the JFK assassination?

ronsfi on March 20, 2008 at 12:18 PM

Just a quick refresher course before we forget what has happened to many “friends” of the Clintons. People who have dirt on the Clintons don’t seem to live long.

1-James McDougal – Clintons’ convicted Whitewater
partner died of an apparent heart attack, while in solitary
confinement. He was a key witness in Ken Starr’s
investigation.

2 -Mary Mahoney – A former White House intern was
murdered July 1997 at a Starbucks Coffee Shop in
Georgetown . The murder happened just after she was to
go public with her story of sexual harassment in the White
House.

3- Vince Foster – Former White House counselor, and
colleague of Hillary Clinton at Little Rock ‘s Rose Law
firm. Died of a gunshot wound to the head, ruled a suicide.

4- Ron Brown – Secretary of Commerce and former
DNC Chairman. Reported to have died by impact in a plane
crash. A pathologist close to the investigation reported that
there was a hole in the top of Brown’s skull resembling a
gunshot wound. At the time of his death Brown was being
investigated, and spoke publicly of his willingness to cut a
deal with prosecutors. The rest of the people on the plane
also died. A few days later the air Traffic controller
committed suicide.

5- C. Victor Raiser II – Raiser, a major player in the
Clinton fund raising organization died in a private plane
crash in July 1992

6-Paul Tulley – Democratic National Committee Political
Director found dead in a hotel room in Little Rock ,
September 1992. Described by Clinton as a “Dear friend
and trusted adviser”.

7-Ed Willey – Clinton fund raiser, found dead November
1993 deep in the woods in VA of a gunshot wound to the
head. Ruled a suicide. Ed Willey died on the same day his
wife Kathleen Willey claimed Bill Clinton groped her in the
oval office in the White House. Ed Willey was involved in
several Clinton fund raising events.

8-Jerry Parks – Head of Clinton’s gubernatorial security
team in Little Rock . Gunned down in his car at a deserted
intersection outside Little Rock . Park’s son said his father
was building a dossier on Clinton . He allegedly threatened
to reveal this information. After he died the files were
mysteriously removed from his house.

9-James Bunch – Died from a gunshot suicide. It was
reported that he had a “Black Book” of people which
contained names of influential people who visited
prostitutes in Texas and Arkansas.

10-James Wilson – Was found dead in May 1993 from an
apparent hanging suicide. He was reported to have ties to
Whitewater.

11-Kathy Ferguson- Ex-wife of Arkansas Trooper Danny
Ferguson, was found dead in May 1994, in her living room
with a gunshot to her head. It was ruled a suicide even
though there were several packed suitcases, as if she were
going somewhere. Danny Ferguson was a co-defendant
along with Bill Clinton in the Paula Jones lawsuit. Kathy
Ferguson was a possible corroborating witness for Paula
Jones.

12-Bill Shelton – Arkansas State Trooper and fiancée of
Kathy Ferguson. Critical of the suicide ruling of his fiancée,
he was found dead in June 1994 of a gunshot wound (also
ruled a suicide) at the grave site of his fiancée.

13-Gandy Baugh – Attorney for the Clintons’ friend Dan
Lassater, died by jumping out a window of a tall building
January 1994. His client was a convicted drug distributor.

14-Florence Martin – Accountant & sub-contractor for
the CIA, was related to the Barry Seal Mena Airport drug
smuggling case. He died of three gunshot wounds.

15-Suzanne Coleman – Reportedly had an affair with
Clinton when he was Arkansas Attorney General. Died of a
gunshot wound to the back of the head, ruled a suicide.
She was pregnant at the time of her death.

16-Paula Grober – Clinton ‘s speech interpreter for the
deaf from 1978 until her death December 9 1992 . She died
in a one car accident.

17-Danny Casolaro – Investigative reporter. Investigating
Mena Airport and Arkansas Development Finance
Authority. He slit his wrists, apparently, in the middle of his
investigation.

18-Paul Wilcher – Attorney investigating corruption at
Mena Airport with Casolaro and the 1980 “October
Surprise” was found dead on a toilet June 22 1993 in his
Washington DC apartment. Had delivered a report to Janet
Reno 3 weeks before his death.

19-Jon Parnell Walker – Whitewater investigator for
Resolution Trust Corp. Apparently jumped to his death
from his Arlington, Virginia apartment balcony August 15,
1993. He was investigating the Morgan Guaranty scandal.

20-Barbara Wise – Commerce Department staffer.
Worked closely with Ron Brown and John Huang. Cause
of death unknown. Died November 29 1996 . Her bruised,
nude body was found locked in her office at the
Department of Commerce.

21-Charles Meissner -Assistant Secretary of Commerce
who gave John Huang special security clearance, died
shortly thereafter in a small plane crash.

22-Dr. Stanley Heard – Chairman of the National
Chiropractic Health Care Advisory Committee died with
his attorney Steve Dickson in a small plane crash. Dr.
Heard, in addition to serving on Clinton ‘s advisory council
personally treated Clinton ‘s mother, stepfather and brother.

23-Barry Seal -Drug running pilot out of Mena ,
Arkansas , death was no accident.

24-Johnny Lawhorn Jr. – Mechanic, found a check made
out to Bill Clinton in the trunk of a car left at his repair
shop. He was found dead after his car had hit a utility pole.

25-Stanley Huggins – Investigated Madison Guaranty.
His death was a purported suicide and his report was never
released.

26-Hershell Friday – Attorney and Clinton fund raiser
died March 1, 1994 when his plane exploded.

27-Kevin Ives & Don Henry – Known as “The Boys on
the Track” case. Reports say the boys may have stumbled
upon the Mena, Arkansas airport drug operation. A
controversial case, the initial report of death said, due to
falling asleep on railroad tracks. Later reports claim the 2
boys had been slain before being placed on the tracks.
Many linked to the case died before their testimony could
come before a Grand Jury.

THE FOLLOWING PERSONS HAD INFORMATION ON THE IVES/HENRY CASE:

28-Keith Coney – Died when his motorcycle slammed
into the back of a truck, 7/88.
29-Keith McMaskle – Died stabbed 113 times, Nov, 1988
30-Gregory Collins – Died from a gunshot wound January 1989
31-Jeff Rhodes – He was shot, mutilated and found burned in a trash dump in April 1989.
33-James Milan – Found decapitated. However, the Coroner ruled his death was due to “natural causes”.
34-Jordan Kettleson – Was found shot to death in the front seat of his pickup truck in June 1990.
35-Richard Winters – A suspect in the Ives/Henry deaths. He was killed in a set-up robbery July 1989.

THE FOLLOWING CLINTON BODYGUARDS ARE DEAD:
36 -Major William S. Barkley Jr.
37-Captain Scott J . Reynolds
38-Sgt. Brian Hanley
39-Sgt. Tim Sabel
40-Major General William Robertson
41-Col. William Densberger
42-Col. Robert Kelly
43-Spec. Gary Rhodes
44-Steve Willis
45-Robert Williams
46-Conway LeBleu
47 Todd McKeehan

Mo2Do on March 20, 2008 at 1:39 PM

I don’t care what anyone says. Vince Foster did not die where he was found and there was a cover up by someone.

Connie on March 20, 2008 at 1:41 PM

For more info on this, read Unlimited Access by Gary Aldrich.
At the very least, Vince shot himself because of the tremendous pressure on him to spill the beans on various Clinton issues. Aside from that, Hilly was giving him the cold shoulder; as strange as it may seem, he loved her and she threw him under the bus—’for the children’.
Oh, and anyone with half a brain would conclude that Vince was moved to the park where he was found since there was no dirt on his shoes. His hard drive was locked up from investigators as well.
My hope continues to be that Vince haunts her, constantly.

Christine on March 20, 2008 at 1:47 PM

Really? Name them. All of them, and causes of death.
Meryl Yourish on March 20, 2008 at 11:20 AM

There are many sites that have the lists of the dead people around the Clintons including many secret service personnel ( a dozen Clinton body guards alone), friends, lawyers, people in the know, etc.
It sure is strange that scores of people died around the the Clintons, people who were near or knew of questionable Clintonian activities.
Far more than any other public official EVER.
Here’s another, try searching for more, they’re out there, just search “Clinton Body Count”
clinton dead people
dead people connected with Bill Clinton:
Dozens of Books too.
i.e. the Clinton White House years,
And (my favorite) Unlimited Access: An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House by Gary Aldrich/ is one of the best detailing just the first few months of the dangerous and criminal Clinton admin

shooter on March 20, 2008 at 1:49 PM

Thank you Mo2Do on March 20, 2008 at 1:39 PM

Is this issue going the way of the NAU? We’re nutjobs who shouldn’t be allowed to state the obvious in a conservative blog, even when there’s mountains of evidence against the dangerous and Machiavellian Clintoons? Hmmmmm?

Christine on March 20, 2008 at 1:51 PM

It is almost as if people “in the know” keep hinting that there is something to the Foster thing but they aren’t able to say what it is for some reason. Like maybe they are waiting for all the players to be dead or something before they publish what the deal is but they want to bring it up every once in a while to keep the story from completely going away.

crosspatch on March 20, 2008 at 1:54 PM

“Didn’t Foster suffer from depression?” Wouldn’t you be if you were ‘in love’ with Herself and were about to go to jail or have to flee the country just as over a hundred Clintonites had done rather than testify against the worst couple?
Come on kids, do your homework!

Christine on March 20, 2008 at 1:55 PM

It is almost as if people “in the know” keep hinting that there is something to the Foster thing but they aren’t able to say what it is for some reason.

Silly people “in the know”, they probably just want to LIVE.

shooter on March 20, 2008 at 2:30 PM

Like maybe they are waiting for all the players to be dead or something before they publish what the deal is but they want to bring it up every once in a while to keep the story from completely going away.

Keep hope alive!

Tom_Shipley on March 20, 2008 at 3:35 PM

Like maybe you’ve had at least eight years to make a compelling case with actual evidence of wrongdoing, instead of a series of conjectures, and you’re no closer now than you were then.

Oh, and by the way, this death list myth has been thoroughly debunked.

Ed Morrissey on March 20, 2008 at 5:30 PM

Ed,
I’m not nearly as bothered by the ‘list’ as I am the ‘live’ folks and their experiences.

shooter on March 20, 2008 at 7:11 PM