Declassified documents reveal that some of US President Bill Clinton’s own diplomats did not trust the advice of the two key people who the president chose to advise him on Northern Ireland. The candid comments – which were made during meetings with British officials or ministers – reinforced existing UK concerns about Mr Clinton’s willingness to accommodate Gerry Adams.Previously classified UK documents show that the US ambassador to London said that he had no confidence in President Clinton’s two key advisors on Northern Ireland, national security advisor Tony Lake and his deputy Nancy Soderberg.Files declassified today also reveal how:• The government used senior contacts in Washington in an attempt to deny Gerry Adams a visa to New York;• In the late 1980s senior UVF figures were discussing a federal Ireland with the IRA;• Some MPs demanded to withdraw from Northern Ireland to let “the Irish get on with butchering each … [Read more...] about Declassified files: US diplomats did not trust Northern Ireland advisors appointed by Bill Clinton
Declassified files reveal the fine detail of how the most senior figures in the British and American governments negotiated and lobbied over whether Gerry Adams should be allowed to visit New York in 1994. In what was to be a seminal decision, President Bill Clinton decided to allow the Sinn Fein president to visit for 48 hours, despite the advice of key US security agencies and individuals that his request for a visa should be rejected because of his links to the IRA.Just weeks earlier, London and Dublin had agreed the Downing Street Declaration, an important step on the long road towards what four years later would become the Belfast Agreement.It is clear from the newly declassified files at the Public Record Office in Belfast that the government put enormous effort into attempting to keep Mr Adams out of the US.The UK’s inability to prevent the Sinn Fein leader travelling to America was not only a significant failure of British diplomacy, but signalled the limitations of what … [Read more...] about Declassified files: Government was livid at Gerry Adams visa U-turn by Bill Clinton
U.S. Donald Trump Whether Donald Trump can be indicted as a sitting president remains a point of debate as special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation intensifies. Ken Starr, the independent counsel who investigated ex-President Bill Clinton’s affair in the 1990s, opines that it’s possible. “Do you think that if there is the right evidence, Bob Mueller or another prosecutor could indict a sitting president, Donald Trump?” MSNBC host Ari Melber asked Starr on Wednesday, which was the 20th anniversary of Clinton’s impeachment. “Yes,” Starr replied. “But the Justice Department has a different view and as you know, had a different view for almost half a century going back to a brief file by then-Solicitor General Robert Bork, then office of legal counsel formal opinions including during the Clinton administration.” Bork in his brief wrote that a vice president could be indicted while serving, but that a sitting president could … [Read more...] about Donald Trump Can Be Indicted While President, Says Bill Clinton Special Prosecutor Ken Starr
SINCE the infamous incident in 1998, Monica Lewisnky has been excelling in her career and personal life. But what exactly is she up to now? Here's what we know. What is Monica Lewinsky doing now? Lewinsky's stardom exploded in 1999, when she decided to write a book regarding her affair with then-president Bill Clinton. She appeared for an interview on ABC's Barbara Walters on "20/20" that year. The same year she launched her own handbag collection, and the following year began to appear in adverts for weight loss company which required her to lose almost 20kg. She then moved to New York City and became a prominent of the social scene there as she was invited to many celebrity events. Lewinsky later hosted a reality dating show on Fox called "Mr. Personality". In 2005, she Lewinsky decided to leave the public spotlight to pursue a master's degree in psychology at the London School of Economics. She was then absent from the public eye for years afterwards, reported Business Insider. … [Read more...] about What is Monica Lewinsky doing now and when did she work at Bill Clinton’s White House?
BILL Clinton was the second President of the United States to be impeached - and narrowly avoided being removed from office. The impeachment charges related to an affair he had with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky. Here's what you need to know. Why was Bill Clinton impeached? The House of Representatives impeached Bill Clinton - the 42nd American President - on December 19, 1998. It was based on two charges - one of perjury and one of obstruction of justice in connection with an extramarital affair with then 22-year-old Monica Lewinsky. The House voted 228 to 206 in favour of the first charge, and 221 to 212 on the second. At the time, Clinton's approval rating as president was at 72 per cent. Two other impeachment articles - a second perjury charge and a charge of abuse of power - failed to pass in the House. Initially Clinton denied the affair with the former White House intern. He became the first sitting president to testify before a grand jury and after … [Read more...] about Was Bill Clinton impeached, what was his Good Friday Agreement involvement and how old is the former US President?