Do you remember when former President Bill Clinton paid Paula Jones $850,000 to go away? Do you remember the FBI raiding his lawyer’s office? Well, that’s because the former happened and the latter did not. It Saturday, November 14, 1998, when the Washington Post published a story about Clinton settling a lawsuit with Paula for the amount of $850k. It was a sexual harassment lawsuit that eventually turned into the downfall of the Clinton presidency and his eventual impeachment.
The Washington Post reported that there were about 4 1/2 years of a legal battle between Clinton and Jones and that all ended the moment that Bill Clinton agreed to pay Paula Jones the $850,000 within a 60-day timeframe. While all of this was going on, there was no raid of Clinton’s attorney’s offices. His attorney at the time was Robert S. Bennett.
As per the 1998 article: “President Clinton reached an out-of-court settlement with Paula Jones yesterday, agreeing to pay her $850,000 to drop the sexual harassment lawsuit that led to the worst political crisis of his career and only the third presidential impeachment inquiry in American history.
After more than 4 1/2 years of scorched-earth legal warfare, Clinton and Jones brought a sudden end to the case with a four-page deal in which he acknowledged no wrongdoing and offered no apology. The agreement, which will be filed with a federal appeals court considering whether the lawsuit should go forward, requires the president to pay within 60 days.
Robert S. Bennett, Clinton’s chief attorney in the case, said the president still insists Jones’s allegations of a crude proposition in a Little Rock hotel suite seven years ago “are baseless” but agreed to make the payment in the interest of finally putting the matter behind him.
“The president has decided he is not prepared to spend one more hour on this matter,” Bennett said. “It is clear that the American people want their president and Congress to focus on the problems that they were elected to solve. This is a step in that direction.”
The settlement foreclosed the possibility that Clinton’s personal life would be reopened for public inspection at a sensational trial had the lawsuit dismissed in April been reinstated, as many lawyers involved believed it would be. It also may help the president’s allies defend him against independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr’s allegations that he lied and obstructed justice during the case, while providing a new opportunity for the White House to cut a separate deal with Congress to drop impeachment proceedings.”
Fast forward to 2018. Does anyone think it’s odd that President Trump’s lawyer’s offices would be raided by the FBI? CNN broke the story on April 9, 2018.
CNN stated: “The FBI raided the office of Michael Cohen, a personal lawyer and confidant of President Donald Trump, Cohen’s attorney confirmed to CNN Monday.
One source familiar with the matter told CNN that included in the documents authorities seized was information related to Stephanie Clifford, better known as porn actress Stormy Daniels, who alleges she had an affair with Trump in 2006 that the White House has denied. A source familiar with the matter said the search warrant was very broad in terms of items sought, and another source said the search included bank records.”
If Trump was mixed up with Stormy Daniels or anyone else and his offices were raided over an alleged relationship, then why didn’t Clinton’s attorney’s office get raided as well?
Is there a huge difference? Both were allegedly mixed up with someone else, but only one of them has their lawyer raided by the FBI.
What’s the big difference?
What’s missing from this picture?