- Dear Linda,
- Time is short, so please listen to me.
- As one of the last people to see Vince
Foster alive before his body turned up with a bullet hole in his head in
Fort Marcy Park, the hand of fate had tapped you in a unique way. From
what I have read, I sense that you may have wanted to go public with what
you knew about that scandal. But like hundreds of others who have personally
witnessed the Clintons' ruthlessness, you were afraid. Then fate tapped
your shoulder again when Monica Lewinsky became your friend. This time
you summoned the courage - out of fear for yourself and for your country
- to expose Clinton's abuse of power. President Clinton's actions and his
efforts to obstruct justice must have shocked your person - as a mother,
as a woman, and as an American citizen.
- After reviewing the raw documents relating
to Starr's investigation, I have concluded two things. One is that this
scandal is not about sex.
- Second, my heart has changed about you.
I believe you have done a tremendous service for our country. You are an
American hero because you not only risked your life, your family, and your
livelihood - but you were aware of the risks. Despite your heroism, and
the overwhelming evidence of obstruction of justice by Clinton and company,
you are being cast as the villain. The attacks on your person have been
disgusting and revolting.
- Starr's failure to properly prosecute
this case has led directly to the "blame Linda" spin: Linda encouraged
Monica's relationship with the President; Linda told Monica to keep the
dress; Linda wrote the talking points and so on. Starr has had his moment.
Your work, however, is not yet finished.
- You should act because we both know just
how dangerous this White House is. Through wicked means they have survived.
By Clinton's own admission there are "hundreds of women." Yet,
so few of these women have come forward.
- Consider how many of these women have
been threatened, smeared, or even injured: Gennifer Flowers, Dolly Kyle
Browning, Sally Purdue, Kathy Ferguson, Paula Jones, Elizabeth Ward Gracen,
- Recent news reports say that even Cabinet
members were afraid to resign, because any break from the ranks would be
severely punished by the Clintons.
- The record shows Monica feared for her
life. Monica's mom, Marcia, was afraid, too. The first words out of Marcia's
mouth when she spoke by phone with the FBI agents at the Ritz-Carlton were
very telling. She asked if the FBI could ensure Monica's safety if she
cooperated against the President.
- You probably know that in the Clintons'
minds you crossed the line with Lewinsky. No doubt the White House also
feels you double-crossed them. After all, they transferred you to the Pentagon
and more than doubled your salary.
- Using mob rules (and with the Clintons,
mob rules apply), they must make you pay a heavy price. The White House
can be creative and patient in getting their payment.
- Again, the Clintons' payback is not simply
done for revenge. It's the foundation of their power. It sends a message.
There is so much other corruption they are hiding. If it appears you have
succeeded in any way, it could open the floodgates. If those gates were
to open, they would not only be forced from office, but possibly put in
- You may be told that you are just too
public for anything to happen. Then think about Vince Foster, Ron Brown,
Jim McDougal and the others. If the system did not work to protect a deputy
White House Counsel or a Commerce Secretary, how will it protect a staffer
at the Pentagon?
- Starr won't be there for you. If Starr
had any integrity, he would have immediately and zealously prosecuted the
illegal release of information from your confidential Pentagon files to
the New Yorker magazine.
- I was also shocked to read just how unsympathetic
the grand jury was to you. During Lewinsky's testimony, one juror said
that you are "definitely going to have to give an account for what
[you] did." If the grand jury won't take the facts seriously, I doubt
Congress will, either. They dropped the ball with Whitewater, Travelgate,
FBI Filegate, campaign fundraising, and Chinagate. I doubt the impeachment
hearings will be any different.
- If you look carefully, Republican activities
are largely gamesmanship to energize their vote for Election Day. The Clintons
know once the election passes, the worst is over. The White House has already
implemented a scorched-earth policy. Just ask Congressman Dan Burton.
- When the evidence was released, you should
have been fully vindicated. That didn't happen. The Republicans redacted
much of the damaging information about Clinton. They even released the
latest three-volume set of papers on a Friday afternoon. This is common
procedure for burying a story. I think the fix is in, and you are going
to turn out the big loser - unless you act, and soon.
- Telling your side of the story involving
Lewinsky is not enough. Your coming forward to expose this scandal stirred
up a hornets' nest. You may have thought the hornets' nest would have been
eliminated when the facts were made public. Instead, the hornets are alive
and well and have been stinging you. They will persist.
- You need to go further. Since you already
have put yourself out on the limb, you don't have much to lose, but our
country has much to gain. You can nuke that hornets' nest with the truth
about Vince Foster.
- The grand jurors themselves expressed
skepticism about your fears when you cited Foster's death. After all, in
the minds of many Americans, it was nothing more than a simple "suicide."
You need to explain to the whole country the basis of your fears. And tell
the real story about Foster's last days.
- Many - including your lawyers - will
probably not want you to do this. Lawyers never like to rock the boat.
But you have real power because at this moment you command the world's
attention. You can hold a press conference on your front lawn, and media
from around the world will show up. This may not always be true. If you
are indicted in Maryland, you will lose much credibility. The Clinton White
House knows that you know more than Lewinsky. They cannot count that you
will always keep your mouth shut. They may even suspect you taped others.
- Face the fact you are a menace to the
Clintons. Don't let them control the play of the events. Move decisively.
A good offense is the best defense. Take it from me, I'm living proof some
people can take on the Clintons and survive.
- My advice is that you hold a press conference
without much advance notice and consultation. Just tell the whole truth.
- Do this for yourself, for the country,
and for your kids. If the Clintons get away with this, if they make it
past this congressional election, I fear they will be vicious to their
enemies. Their stranglehold on the federal government will tighten, and
there is no telling what they are capable of. You know this. Do you really
want your children to grow up in a country where the Clintons' way of life
is the norm? Do you want your kids to carry the stigma the White House
has cast upon you and your good name?
- You turned to the authorities and it
did not work. Turn to the American people, speak to them. You ARE one of
us. There are millions of us who want you to win, and deeply admire what
you have done. Many millions more will be swayed when the truth is told
about Vince Foster.
- May God bless you, your family and America.
- Sincerely yours,
- Christopher Ruddy