The Washington Free Beacon has discovered audio recordings of Hillary Clinton from interviews in the early 80's. In the recordings Clinton shows an almost flippant attitude about the most significant case of her legal career, a man who raped a 12-year-old girl whom she got off by attacking the evidence, including the account of the victim.
Politico's Glen Thrush was at Newsday in 2008 when he wrote about the case, "Rodham, records show, questioned the sixth grader’s honesty and claimed she had made false accusations in the past. She implied that the girl often fantasized and sought out 'older men' like Taylor, according to a July 1975 affidavit signed 'Hillary D. Rodham' in compact cursive…"
The audio tapes where Clinton flippantly talks about the case (embedded above) were part of over five hours of interviews conducted by Arkansas reporter Roy Reed with then-Arkansas Gov. Bill Clinton and his wife in the mid-1980s for a magazine article which never happened. The tapes were discovered by Alana Goodman of The Washington Free Beacon, who published parts of the tapes on Monday.
Drawing from the court files, Glenn Thrush described the basics of the case in 2008 saying that the victim had joined Thomas Alfred Taylor and two male acquaintances, including a 15-year-old boy she had a crush on, on a late-night trip to the bowling alley. Taylor drove the group around in his truck, feeding the girl whiskey mixed with Coca-Cola on the way. The group later drove to a “weedy ravine” near the highway where Taylor raped the 12-year-old. Later that evening, at about 4 a.m., the girl and her mother went to the hospital, where she was given medical tests and reported that she had been raped. The doctor who examined her said her injuries were consistent with being raped. In the end, based on an evidentiary mistake by the lab, Hillary negotiated a plea deal, her client pled guilty to a lesser charge and got off with time served (two months).
Hillary spoke about the case in her book "Living History," leaving out the part of the case where she put the victim on trial. Thrush detailed the "holes' in Clinton's account:
But the record shows that [Hillary] Rodham was also intent on questioning the girl's credibility. That line of defense crystallized in a July 28, 1975, affidavit requesting the girl undergo a psychiatric examination at the university's clinic.
"I have been informed that the complainant is emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men and to engage in fantasizing," wrote Rodham, without referring to the source of that allegation. "I have also been informed that she has in the past made false accusations about persons, claiming they had attacked her body."
Dale Gibson, the investigator, doesn't recall seeing evidence that the girl had fabricated previous attacks. The assistant prosecutor who handled much of the case for Mahlon Gibson died several years ago. The prosecutor's files on the case, which would have included such details, were destroyed more than decade ago when a flood swept through the county archives, Mahlon Gibson said. Those files also would have included the forensics evidence referenced in "Living History."
The victim was visibly stunned when handed the affidavit by a reporter this fall. "It kind of shocks me - it's not true," she said. "I never said anybody attacked my body before, never in my life."
In December, when Clinton was campaigning in Iowa , the woman was being released from a state prison after serving a year for forging checks to pay for her methamphetamine addiction.
She doesn't blame Taylor for all her problems, but says the incident continues to haunt her, compounding her bouts of depression and anxiety.
"I remember a lot of bad things about what he did to me in that pickup of his," said the woman, who says she attempted suicide a year after the incident. "I've had a lot of counseling and saw a psychiatrist for five to ten years ... It really affected me mentally. I was always kind of scared to be alone with a guy afterwards."
As the defense attorney in the case, Hillary Clinton was ethically required to do anything she could to protect her client, which included winning the case if the defendant chose to plead not guilty. However. it seems disingenuous for a candidate whose campaign planks include fighting for the rights of women to attack the credibility of a 12-year-old rape victim.
As heard on the tapes published Monday, Ms. Clinton took an almost flippant attitude to the case and based on her own words she possibly violated client/attorney privilege by implying her client passed a lie detector test event though he was guilty.
Describing the events almost a decade after they had occurred, Clinton’s struck a casual and complacent attitude toward her client and the trial for rape of a minor.
“I had him take a polygraph, which he passed – which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs,” she added with a laugh.
Clinton can also be heard laughing at several points when discussing the crime lab’s accidental destruction of DNA evidence that tied Taylor to the crime.
Nowhere on the tape did she mention the rape-crises hotline she set up as a result of this case, nor did she express any regret over the plight of the 12-year-old rape victim.
Now 52, the victim resides in the same town where she was born.
Divorced and living alone, she blames her troubled life on the attack. She was in prison for check forgery to pay for her prior addiction to methamphetamines when Newsday interviewed her in 2008. The story says she harbored no ill will toward Clinton. According to her, that is not the case.
“Is this about that rape of me?” she asked when a Free Beacon reporter knocked on her door and requested an interview.
Declining an interview, she nevertheless expressed deep and abiding hostility toward the Newsday reporter who spoke to her in 2008—and toward her assailant’s defender, Hillary Rodham Clinton.
In an interesting coda to the story, after the Free Beacon piece was published, Glenn Thrush tweeted how difficult it was to get his liberal Newsday editors to publish his article in 2008: