Monday, May 09, 2005

Big Trial Opens

An important trial is opening tomorrow. A key finance officer to Senator Clinton's 2000 campaign faces criminal charges of under-reporting campaign expenses. A key witness is a brother-in-law of Senator Kennedy, who wore a wire for the FBI and recorded a conversation with the defendant. You may have to hunt around for coverage, since the MSM do not seem hot on following the story, but here is a preview from the New York Sun. Link.
With the trial of a key finance official on Senator Clinton's 2000 campaign set to open tomorrow, a secretly recorded audiotape at the core of the case could prove embarrassing to politicians, political operatives, and wealthy donors to the Democratic Party.

David Rosen, 40, faces three felony counts of causing the filing of false campaign finance reports in connection with a celebrity-studded fund-raiser and concert held in August 2000 at a radio executive's estate in the Brentwood hills above Los Angeles. [...]

Much of the FBI-recorded steakhouse conversation was devoted to salacious gossip about Clinton loyalists, the Times-Picayune reported. Reached in Los Angeles, Mr. Rosen's lawyer, Paul Sandler, declined to comment on the exchange.

Among the recorded gripes on the tape was Mr. Rosen's complaint that although he worked closely with Vice President Gore, Mr. Gore later mistook him for a valet parking attendant, according to the Times-Picayune.

Reggie, who is Senator Kennedy's brother-in-law, made the tape to win leniency from prosecutors, who were preparing to charge him with bank fraud. Last month, he pleaded guilty to two felony counts.

Bill Clinton may be out of office, but the sleaze continues. It still is too soon to know whether this trial will have an effect on Hillary's 2006 reelection run or her 2008 presidential run, but it may supply ammunition for her opponents. In the meantime, we can sit back and enjoy the trial for its 1990s nostalgia value.


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