"Travelgate;" suicide of Vince FosterHis body is discovered around sunrise by US Park Service police officers. Foster had become increasingly depressed over attacks from the Wall Street Journal and other media outlets over the firings of employees of the White House travel office; he leaves a suicide note torn into pieces in his briefcase that reads in part, "I made mistakes from ignorance, inexperience, and overwork. I did not knowingly violate any law or standard of conduct. No one in the White House, to my knowledge, violated any law or standard of conduct, including any action in the travel office.... The FBI lied. ...The press is covering up the illegal benefits they received from the travel staff. The GOP has lied and misrepresented its knowledge and role and covered up a prior investigation... The public will never believe the innocence of the Clintons and their loyal staff. The [Wall Street Journal] editors lie without consequence. ...I was not meant for the job or the spotlight of public life in Washington. Here ruining people is considered sport." Republican investigators will attempt to link Foster's suicide to the impending Whitewater investigation, and will allege that Foster was murdered to cover up either the Clintons' alleged impropriety, an affair between Foster and Hillary Clinton, or both. Richard Mellon Scaife, the right-wing billionaire who bankrolls the anti-Clinton efforts, will say in 1995, "The death of Vincent Foster: I think it's the Rosetta Stone to the whole Clinton administration." No documentation of any kind is ever found to support any of the allegations, though conspiracy theories about Foster's death abound to this day, with tales that Foster "knew too much" leading to his suicide, or even possible murder. Foster's death will be investigated at least four times, including by the Starr commission; all investigations will find that Foster indeed committed suicide, and the initial police investigation proves to be accurate.
Minority rightsis explained in the New York Times, which quotes guidelines just issued by the Pentagon: "sexual orientation will not be a bar to service unless manifested by homosexual conduct. The military will discharge members who engage in homosexual conduct, which is defined as a homosexual act, a statement that the member is homosexual or bisexual, or a marriage or attempted marriage to someone of the same gender." Clinton is savaged on both left and right for the policy -- the left because of Clinton's tepid support of gays in the military after much stronger pro-gay rhetoric in the campaign, and on the right for being "insensitive" to the needs of the military. (One reason why Clinton will often fail to draw the enthusiastic support of liberal Democrats and other progressives is this policy.) The actual policy is drafted by the head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell, and has been continued unchanged during the following Bush presidency. Though the military continues to oppose openly gay service members, most observers feel that it is merely a matter of time until all restrictions on gay and lesbian service will be lifted. (Wikipedia, Wikipedia)
Whitewater / Lewinsky and related "scandals"Hale is a businessman and municipal judge who has bilked the Small Business Administration while purporting to serve the business interests of minority and disadvantaged clients. Evidence shows that Hale may have put as much as $3.4 million of tax dollars in his own pocket. His own stupidity and self-importance played large parts in bringing the investigators down on his firm. An SBA staffer later tells Congress that Hale's embezzlement scheme is the most brazen he's seen in his 25 years with the agency. As authors Joe Conason and Gene Lyons write, Hale was "[p]ublicly...a pillar of the community; privately, he was an inveterate con artist." He had the gladhanding social skills, and the family and fraternity connections, to become a minor figure of influence in Little Rock business and political circles. Always determined never to let partisan politics get in the way of profit, Hale formed a number of friendships with local politicians, including longtime Clinton enemy Sheffield Nelson (Hale will be routinely misidentified as a Clinton appointee, but in reality Hale was appointed by Clinton's predecessor Frank White, who allowed him to run for election to the bench after his appointed term had expired, an action prohibited by the state constitution).