Blasts Scorched Earth Tactics: Notes Attacks and Pressure on Members
DC -- In a statement today, U.S. Representative Bob Barr (GA-7)
blasted President Clinton's defenders for conducting a scorched-earth
campaign to smear members of the House Judiciary Committee with
statement followed an attempt by trial lawyer Alan Dershowitz
to call Barr a racist, based on his appearance before a group
in South Carolina called the Council of Conservative Citizens.
In another case, White House operative Sidney Blumenthal has attacked
Committee Member Lindsey Graham (R-SC). The National
Enquirer, which is represented by Clinton Attorney David Kendall,
also reportedly published an article today alleging an affair
involving Committee Member Mary Bono (R-CA). Barr also noted a report in the New York Daily News
today that White House Chief of Staff John Podesta is ordering
prominent businessmen to pressure Members of Congress on the upcoming
am adamantly opposed to discrimination in any way, shape or form.
For the President's henchmen to suggest otherwise, based on a
brief appearance I made before a group in South Carolina to discuss
the impeachment process, is outrageous. The fact is, I strongly
disagree with many of this group's ridiculous views, and have
said so publicly.
is a sad day in our country when a Member of Congress cannot speak
before a group without subjecting them to an exhaustive investigation
to determine if one of their members has ever written an offensive
or ridiculous column. Sadly, there appears to be no despicable
conduct the President's defenders will not stoop to in order to
is no coincidence that, days before a vote on impeachment, one
of President Clinton's most ardent supporters is falsely accusing
me of harboring racist views. The President's operatives
have already proven their willingness to try to destroy the reputations
of others who have dared stand up to this Administration, including
Paula Jones, Monica Lewinsky and Linda Tripp. Need we remember
the abuses represented in Filegate?
Americans should be outraged that they are now directing the same
machinery at Members of Congress working to fulfill their Constitutional
responsibilities. This is exactly the conduct that led to
President Nixon's impeachment. This is truly a sad, sad
day for America."