- Ken Starr's "Referral," which
formed the basis of the impeachment of Bill Clinton, was shocking, but
the new book called "Year of the Rat" is even more shocking.
It is 275 pages of detailed evidence that Bill Clinton sold out America's
national security to Communist China in return for campaign cash.
- This book describes Clinton's actions
as bribery, an identifiable "high crime" that calls for removal
from office. The obstruction of justice resolution sent to the Senate is
broad enough to include Clinton's massive cover-up of this bribery and
to dispose completely of the whining complaint that Clinton's impeachment
is "just about sex."
- "Year of the Rat" was written
by two Republican Capitol Hill staffers with extensive investigative experience
in the fields of China, national security, and international financial
crimes. The book presents a picture of bribery, extortion and obstruction
of justice, and is copiously documented with more than 600 footnotes from
public information, recently declassified documents, and personal interviews.
- Sen. Bob Kerrey (D-NE) and then-Majority
Leader Dick Gephardt (D- MO) must have been completely mystified as to
how they could have been defeated for the 1992 Democratic Presidential
nomination by the Governor of a southern state who carried so much baggage
of lifestyle and financial misbehavior. Now we know the reason. At a crucial
point in the spring of 1992, Clinton's faltering campaign received a multi-million
dollar transfusion from an Arkansas bank.
- It turned out that the Arkansas bank
was controlled by the Riady family of Indonesia. Then, a rush of illegal
Riady money in the fall of 1992 was targeted to the key states vital to
- Clinton was elected President both in
1992 and in 1996 with large sums of illegal foreign cash. Nearly $5 million
in political donations to the 1992 and 1996 Clinton campaigns came from
- A Chinese banking family based in Indonesia,
the Riadys have some $5 billion of business investments closely interlocked
with the Chinese government, the Chinese Communist Party, and Chinese military
intelligence. When the Riadys wanted property on Wangfujing Street, the
most valuable commercial block in central Beijing, they were powerful enough
to get Beijing to break China's lease with McDonalds and move America's
profitable fast-food outlet to an inferior location.
- Obstruction of justice explains the payment
of hush money to Clinton crony Webb Hubbell. In June 1994, as Ken Starr
was closing in on the then-broke Hubbell, he suddenly received $100,000
from the Riadys and possibly a similar amount from a Macau criminal syndicate
figure who came through the San Francisco airport carrying $175,000 in
cash, as he headed for the White House and a Democratic gala.
- Clinton paid off the Riadys by giving
their man in America, John Huang, a key job in the Commerce Department
with Top Secret clearance. This gave Huang access to extremely sensitive
CIA information of great value to the Riadys and to their associates in
- After the Republicans captured Congress
in 1994, a worried Clinton turned to Dick Morris for political advice.
Morris laid out a plan to run a television blitz in key states, but that
required lots of money.
- Clinton moved John Huang, with his security
clearance intact, to the Democratic National Committee in order to strut
his skills as a fundraiser. In nine months, Huang raised $2,660,000 for
Clinton's television campaign, most of which the DNC later had to return
as illegal -- after Clinton was reelected in 1996.
- The illegal Chinese contributions to
the Democratic Party and the Clinton-Gore campaign came mostly from illicit
activities, including prostitution and drug trafficking. In return, Clinton
used the White House as a visitor's center for agents of the Chinese army,
the Chinese Communist Party, Chinese criminal syndicates, and Chinese generals
from the Tiananmen Square massacre.
- Another Democratic fundraiser and friend
of Clinton, Johnny Chung, was convicted last month of funneling political
contributions from a Chinese military officer to the Democrats. A hundred
potential witnesses of Chinagate have either taken the Fifth Amendment
or fled the country.
- Meanwhile, the number-one contributor
to the 1995-1996 Clinton-Gore re-election cycle, Bernard Schwartz of Loral
Space Systems, turned out to be interested in China, too. Schwartz went
from a $12,500 contributor in the 1991-1992 cycle to a $2.2 million contributor.
- The Clinton Administration gave Loral
the export licenses it wanted in order to have the Chinese launch its satellites.
The result is that China acquired U.S. technology that has enabled China
to target its missiles against us more accurately.
- When the Chinagate scandal started to
break into the news, Clinton's response on March 10, 1997 was just as tricky,
legalistic and evasive as his more famous Monica denials: "I don't
believe you can find any evidence of the fact that I have changed government
policy solely because of a contribution."
- "Year of the Rat" presents
the evidence that the Clinton Administration solicited illegal funds from
foreigners and took massive contributions from favor-seeking corporate
interests, paid them off with preferential trade policies and wide access
to U.S. intelligence, and then used the illegal money to steal the 1996