New Biography Says
Hillary Hired P.I. To Watch Bill
By Marilyn Rauber and Vincent Morris
WASHINGTON - Just as Hillary Rodham Clinton's New York popularity is sinking, a new book is reviving reports that she once hired a private eye to track her hubby, and banned Barbra Streisand from staying over.
Larry Downing/Reuters The first lady sits with the president moments before he offers a prayer that the country "come together, and pray together" in reference to the tragedy in Colorado
The biography, The First Partner Hillary Rodham Clinton, by Brooklyn writer Joyce Milton, paints the first lady as tough, ambitious, calculating and cold.
The book says she once greeted a young Chelsea with "a quick pat on the head as she sailed through the room" after a long out-of-town trip, and "coolly interrupted and left the room" as White House aide Bernie Nussbaum tried to read Vince Foster's suicide note to her.
The book also says Mrs. Clinton hired a Little Rock private detective to trace Bill Clinton's affairs when he was running for a second term as Arkansas governor in 1982.
The ex-private eye, Ivan Duda, told the Post Mrs. Clinton didn't tell him why she wanted the dirt but that he gave her the names of 14 women, including six who have never publicly surfaced. He declined to identify them.
Duda said Mrs. Clinton called him from a pay phone, then agreed to meet him in the parking lot of a Little Rock bar called Slick Willie's - the same nickname later given to Clinton himself.
The book says Mrs. Clinton showed no emotion except when she realized one of the women worked at the Rose Law Firm where she was a partner. Duda later lost his PI license in what he claims was an attempt by supporters of Bill Clinton to intimidate him. >>>> Mrs. Clinton's spokeswoman dismissed the claim that her boss hired Duda.
"I think it's just rumors. I don't think there's any basis for this as far as I can tell," said spokeswoman Marsha Berry.
"It's my word against hers. ... There's only two people who really know," Duda conceded.
Milton, 53, an ex-New York librarian who has written biographies of Charlie Chaplin and the Lindberghs, said she started out writing about Mrs. Clinton's policy ideas and planned to steer away from any dirt: "That is not why I wrote the book," she said.
The book also claims:
* Mrs. Clinton barred Barbra Streisand from staying overnight in the Lincoln Bedroom after her frequent White House visits sparked gossip. Berry also dismissed that as "rumor" yesterday.
* A Hillary pal, Norma Asnes, offered Linda Tripp a private-sector job soon after Newsweek magazine revealed that Tripp saw a disheveled Kathleen Willey emerge from the Oval Office after the president allegedly groped her.
* Monica Lewinsky wasn't the only girlfriend to get a copy of Walt Whitman's sensuous Leaves of Grass - Clinton gave a copy to Hillary after their second date.