April 11, 2008

Boortz Interviews Jerry Zeifman on Hillary (AUDIO)

Last week Neal Boortz had author Jerry Zeifman on his radio show to interview him about an article recently published by author Dan Calabrese, based on Zeifman’s book “Without Honor: Crimes of Camelot and Impeachment of President Nixon.” Dan Calabrese collaborated with Zeifman on this article about Hillary’s firing by Zeifman (life-long Democrat) during the Watergate hearings. From the article:

Jerry Zeifman, a lifelong Democrat, supervised the work of 27-year-old Hillary Rodham on the committee. Hillary got a job working on the investigation at the behest of her former law professor, Burke Marshall, who was also Sen. Ted Kennedy’s chief counsel in the Chappaquiddick affair. When the investigation was over, Zeifman fired Hillary from the committee staff and refused to give her a letter of recommendation – one of only three people who earned that dubious distinction in Zeifman’s 17-year career.


“Because she was a liar,” Zeifman said in an interview last week.

“She was an unethical, dishonest lawyer. She conspired to violate the Constitution, the rules of the House, the rules of the committee and the rules of confidentiality.”

How could a 27-year-old House staff member do all that? She couldn’t do it by herself, but Zeifman said she was one of several individuals – including Marshall, special counsel John Doar and senior associate special counsel (and future Clinton White House Counsel) Bernard Nussbaum – who engaged in a seemingly implausible scheme to deny Richard Nixon the right to counsel during the investigation.

Why would they want to do that? Because, according to Zeifman, they feared putting Watergate break-in mastermind E. Howard Hunt on the stand to be cross-examined by counsel to the president. Hunt, Zeifman said, had the goods on nefarious activities in the Kennedy Administration that would have made Watergate look like a day at the beach – including Kennedy’s purported complicity in the attempted assassination of Fidel Castro.

It was an amazing interview, and I cannot believe (well, yes I can) that more media outlets have not picked up on this story. Unbelievable doesn’t begin to describe it. Yet believable it is.

Another small tome of Mr. Zeifman is “Hillary’s Pursuit of Power,” and it’s well worth the read. Please get your copies quick – they’re going fast, and not too many are available anymore.

You can watch/listen to the interview in three segments here, here and here.

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