Hillary was nearby while Bill did Monica

Hillary Rodham Clinton was home in the White House on at least seven days when her husband had sexual encounters there with intern Monica Lewinsky, according to Sen. Clinton’s schedule, released Wednesday among 11,000 pages of papers from her years as first lady.

The words of the schedules are dry, but they take on emotional weight when coupled with revelations about the sex scandal that eventually came to light. A year later, the schedules show her pressing ahead and showing her face at public events as revelations about the scandal upended her life and threatened Bill Clinton’s presidency.

The papers also shed light on her struggle for health care reform early in the Clinton administration, her scaling back when that effort failed, her travels abroad and the legal woes that dogged the Clintons in the White House.

She also was an early champion of the North American Free Trade Agreement that she now criticizes in her campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination. The papers show her holding at least five meetings in 1993 aimed at helping win congressional approval of the deal.

It’s unlikely she would be surprised at this late date to learn that the president was cheating on her while she was home in the White House. But the release of the documents reminds voters anew about Bill Clinton’s affair and the impeachment proceedings that brought Washington to a halt for a year.

The private crisis came at the most public of times for the first lady.

She had speeches scheduled, at home and abroad. She appeared by President Clinton’s side at an education event where he angrily dismissed the reports of having sex with Lewinsky.

Her schedule has her choosing flowers for a black-tie dinner, congratulating “Guns Aren’t Cool” award winners and reading to kids in the week in January 1998 when allegations of the scandal begin coming out. She denounced a “vast right-wing conspiracy” in a TV interview.

Almost a year earlier, the schedules show, she was home on Feb. 28, 1997, the day the report by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr says Bill Clinton had a sexual encounter with Lewinsky in an Oval Office bathroom in the early evening, staining her blue dress.

Mrs. Clinton had “drop by” events or meetings in the Map Room and Diplomatic Reception Room between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. that day, according to her schedule. It also lists plays that night and a concert, but it’s not clear whether she attended.

More than a year earlier, on Nov. 15, 1995, the first lady went to a mid-afternoon “meet & greet” photo opportunity at the White House with Nobel Laureates and their families. That night, Lewinsky had what she later said was her first sexual encounter with the president, in the private study off the Oval office.

On Jan. 21, 1996, the first lady and the president privately toured an exhibit at the National Gallery of Art. That afternoon, Lewinsky said, she and Bill Clinton had a sexual encounter in the hallway by the private study.

The schedules indicate Hillary Clinton was home on at least four other days when her husband and the intern got together.

Twice, Mrs. Clinton was overseas at such times.

The National Archives released the papers in Washington and at the Clinton presidential library in Arkansas after months of pressure from critics who say the Clintons were delaying the disclosure. The issue has dogged her bid for the White House.

In all, 11,046 pages have been made available. Nearly 4,800 pages have parts blacked out. Archivists said that’s to protect the privacy of third parties. Schedules for more than 30 days of activities were not included in this release.

Clinton, now New York senator, said in her memoir that she had little choice but to carry on with her appearances after the Lewinsky revelations. It was on Jan. 21, 1998, when her husband woke her up, sat on the edge of the bed and said, “There’s something in today’s papers you should know about.” He told her of the reports of his relationship with the former intern, and she said she believed his denials.

But on Saturday, Aug. 15, 1998, with the investigation closing in on the real story, he woke her up again and owned up to his misbehavior. She said in her book that she was grateful there were no public events that weekend.

Before the Lewinsky ordeal, Mrs. Clinton faced her own legal troubles in 1996 during the criminal investigation of the Clintons’ Whitewater real estate dealings in Arkansas.

In the Whitewater probe, one of the pivotal events occurred on Jan. 4, 1996, a day in which Mrs. Clinton’s personal calendar for late that afternoon is marked “Private Meeting” with her chief of staff, Margaret Williams.

Several hours earlier, an aide had discovered inside the White House family residence long-sought billing records of Mrs. Clinton’s legal work on Whitewater-related real estate transactions that turned out to be fraudulent.

Furious prosecutors, who had subpoenaed the records 18 months earlier, ordered Mrs. Clinton to testify before a federal grand jury about the records. She appeared on Jan. 26, 1996.

Her calendar for Jan. 26 says “No Public Schedule,” although the first lady stood before a bank of microphones in front of the federal courthouse in Washington, and declared: “I am happy to answer the grand jury’s questions.” Several hours of testimony she gave that day made her the first first lady to ever be hauled in for such questioning.

Neither the federal probe by Independent Counsel Starr nor Republican-led investigations on Capitol Hill were ever able to sort out why the records of Mrs. Clinton’s work had never been turned over to investigators. She said she had no idea where the billing records had been.

Prosecutors concluded they did not have enough to prove she was a knowing participant in criminal conduct by others, including Whitewater business partner Jim McDougal.

Her Democratic presidential campaign released a statement Wednesday saying the schedules spanning her two terms as first lady “illustrate the array of substantive issues she worked on” and her travel to more than 80 countries “in pursuit of the administration’s domestic and foreign policy goals.”

Clinton says her years as first lady equip her to handle foreign policy and national security as president.

But the schedules show trips packed with plainly traditional activities for a first lady, along with some substance.

For example, in her January 1994 visit to Russia with her husband, her schedule is focused on events with other wives. She sat in on a birthing class at a hospital, toured a cathedral and joined prominent women in a lunch of blinis with caviar and salmon.

The Clinton campaign said the schedules are merely a guide and don’t reflect all of her activities.

The papers show her tackling health care reform out of the gate in 1993, with a meeting three days after her husband’s inauguration and many more as the year went on, before her effort ultimately failed.

She also pushed NAFTA on multiple occasions, including one in November 1993 at a closed meeting with 120 participants. As a presidential candidate, she blames the pact for job losses and promises to renegotiate it.

Her White House policy role diminished markedly after the collapse of the health care initiative.

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Associated Press writers Pete Yost, Sharon Theimer, Larry Margasak and Ann Sanner contributed to this report.

12 Responses to "Hillary was nearby while Bill did Monica"

  1. staunchdem  March 21, 2008 at 4:14 am

    Well said Judy.
    This shit has been hashed and rehashed and I really don’t give a shit about any of it.
    We have bigger fish to fry and it’s McInsane who needs to be in the crosshairs.
    We need to be on him relentlessly until his campaign crashes and burns.
    I too will support ANY Dem but I do wish Hillary would graciously exit stage left.

  2. Abaco21  March 20, 2008 at 1:41 pm

    Out of respect for my digestive tract, would all net news and blog sites PLUuuuuuuuease stop posting pictures of this creature?

  3. griff  March 20, 2008 at 1:58 pm

    Ha Ha. Touche! Pictures speak a thousand words, but that one is screaming in my ears only one…stop!

    Shouldn’t this story be in the Star or National Enquirer?

  4. Jeffers  March 20, 2008 at 2:59 pm

    It’s 3am, the phone rings, and awakens the Commander-in-Chief. “Honey, you remember the last time I awoke you in the middle of the night, and I told you about the lies in the press? Well, actually, their true.”

    Who would you rather have answering the phone?

    Bill and Hillary, they know their way through crises.

  5. darknyt4  March 20, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    And We Should Care Because? I mean who cares where Hillary was when Bill was getting his freak on with Porky?, I sure don’t. I know that the moralistas and moral arbiters of all things that call themselves Republicans care because they are so good and pure in word and deed. They think that we should all just get down on our knees and kiss their asses and say to them “Please lead us, because you are SO much better than us.” (BTW, that was sarcasm for those that did not recognize it.)

    As they say around the Texas Legislature, if you
    can’t drink their whiskey, screw their women, take their money, and vote against ‘em anyway, you don’t belong in office.-Molly Ivins

  6. Sheep  March 20, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    Please bring back the picture with Saten in the background.

  7. Wayne K Dolik  March 20, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Ok’s guys don’t get me started!

  8. JerryG  March 20, 2008 at 8:19 pm

    Quite frankly, the fact that Hillary was in the White House is about as relevant as Barack being in church during one of Rev. Wright’s tirades! In others words, IT AIN’T!

  9. neondog  March 21, 2008 at 12:25 am

    Nice picture…Looks like a welcome mat for the “Hillary Haters”.

    Did CHB copy it from NewsMax or a Drudge Post?

  10. Doug Thompson  March 21, 2008 at 7:58 am

    As the credit line of the photo clearly states, it came from the Reuters news wire, a service we pay for so you can have the free privilege of posting snide, uninformed comments.

  11. 33rdSt  March 21, 2008 at 12:38 am

    So on Day One, what is it, exactly, that she’s ready for? The thesis would be valid only if she in fact was aware of what was going on in the White House, and more specifically in the offices occupied by the President and his staff, during those 8 years. So I think it does matter; it is relevant.

    What did she know and when did she know it? And if she didn’t know what the President was up to, then tell me again how she’s more ready on Day One than the Senator from Illinois?

  12. JudyB  March 21, 2008 at 3:05 am

    “Evil Bill” and “Hillary the Schrew”

    Having heard this “dirt” several thousand times, its insidious for it to continue. Most people on this site despise “the Shrew” and are singing the same song to each other…selling it to no one else.

    Hillary, like millions other women was shamed by her husbands dalliances, with the exception that hers was publicly aired for a year. As if that wasn’t bad enough, she is has had to endure non-stop ridicule for staying in the marriage..which by the way is her business and nobody elses.

    Her husband “Evil Bill”, appointed Hillary “the Shrew” to chairman the Rural Health Advisory Committee in 1993, just three days after he took office. “The Shrew” has been said by many, to have done an excellent job working out a good program, yet the plan failed to pass the republican congress in 1994 and she never tried it again while her husband “evil Bill” was in office…Big deal, “the Shrew” is alive and well and will try again IF she gets the chance!

    As for the Whitewater scandal, you’d think “the Shrew” was another O.J Simpson, however, neither the federal probe by Independent Counsel “Slime Starr” nor the Republican-led investigations on Capitol Hill were ever able to prove that she was a knowing participant in any criminal conduct by others including Whitewater business partner Jim McDougal. That SHOULD have been the end of it but I am convinced that there will NEVER be an end to it.

    Now comes 11,0046 pages of what “the Shrew” did while she was First Lady…oh yes, 4800 pages were blacked out….no doubt because she didn’t want anyone to know what “evil” she was up to during that time.

    Give it a break!!! I say enough is enough, hate her if you must, but PLEASE quit the snarky mud slinging and address the many valid issues that could be discussed. I truely learn from and enjoy the intelligent group that post on CHB, and am always amazed and grateful for the vast amount of sage information I garner from you.

    Think about this…”Dictator George” has never allowed ANY of his records to be aired…he’s had them locked up in his daddy’s library securely hidden from scrutiny of any kind, and still “managed” to get into office and serve two terms!

    As I’ve been saying for a while now, I will vote for whomever the Democratic nominee is.

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