March 12, 1999 |
Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr's investigators alleged for the first time Thursday that a fraudulent loan to Susan McDougal in the 1980s was used to retire a $27,600 debt in President Clinton's name that was taken out for their Whitewater land venture.
March 11, 1999 |
Federal prosecutors told jurors on Wednesday that Whitewater figure Susan McDougal has withheld key information that might help them determine whether President Clinton lied in court about his financial connections to a failed savings and loan in the 1980s. But the attorney for the 44-year-old McDougal, now facing a second stint in prison for contempt of court, said she would love to tell everything she knows about the complex financial dealings--so long as independent counsel Kenneth W.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 15, 1998 |
While testimony in the Susan McDougal embezzlement trial focuses on the dry details of canceled checks and 6-year-old credit card receipts, a far more entertaining sideshow over matters of decorum continues between the scolding judge and the voluble defendant. As far as Superior Court Judge Leslie W. Light is concerned, he rules Department M in Santa Monica. "This courtroom is not being run by the defendant in any way, shape or form whatsoever," he said sternly on Monday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 14, 1998 |
A Santa Monica Superior Court judge put off for two weeks the trial of Whitewater business partner Susan McDougal, who is accused of embezzling $150,000 from the wife of conductor Zubin Mehta, her former employer. Judge Steven C. Suzukawa granted a defense motion to delay the trial until July 24, even as he indicated his irritation with both the defense's failure to have McDougal brought from home detention in Arkansas and the bickering between the defense and prosecution.
May 17, 1998 |
Alleged cash payoffs to Bill Clinton of $2,000 a month. A supposed presidential promise to pardon Susan McDougal. Convicted felon James B. McDougal, in a new book, fired off one last round of accusations before his death, all of them denied by the president's Whitewater lawyer. McDougal's first-person account, written with Boston Globe reporter Curtis Wilkie, quotes President Clinton as saying in 1996 "you can depend on that" when McDougal requested a pardon for his former wife.
March 15, 1998
Re "Whitewater Witness James McDougal Dies," March 9: In death, James McDougal has provided the American people with a greater service than he could ever perform in life. McDougal was a convicted thief; he swindled millions from the government and was an admitted liar (either he lied to protect the president, or more probably, he lied to get a reduced sentence after he was convicted). Now his death has prompted Kenneth Starr to describe McDougal as a "true Southern gentleman." Thank you, James McDougal, for showing us what Starr really thinks of us. Susan McDougal refused to lie for Starr and went to jail; the "gentleman" faced 85 years in jail for his crimes, but probably would have spent less time in jail than his ex-wife, for saying what Starr wanted to hear.