Dan Rather interview with Clinton reveals unending denial

New York, NY--December 25, 2000 

CBS news anchor, Dan Rather, recently interviewed outgoing president, Bill Clinton. Rather began the chat by leading Clinton to criticize the US Supreme Courtís decision which struck down the Florida high courtís attempt to allow a hand re-count in that stateís hotly contested presidential election.

Clinton said he will not now give comment on the current political nature of the US Supreme Court. He did intimate, however, criticism may be coming after he leaves office.

Clinton did take parting shots at US Rep. Tom DeLay, the Christian right and the NRA. Clinton also attacked the Republican Congress, blaming them for his impeachment, while saying he did make a personal mistake concerning Monica Lewinsky.

Rather led Clinton into questioning about how the GOP was responsible for shutting down the government in 1995, while he took credit for reducing the national debt, reforming welfare and balancing the federal budget. Clinton and Rather did not suggest Republicans had anything to do with these accomplishments. Contrary to Al Goreís campaign rhetoric, Clinton did say, "We got a lot done," in reference to the Republican-led Congress during his presidency.

Clinton also said that Special Prosecutor, Kenneth Starr, "Did what he had to do," involving the Whitewater investigation, which Clinton called "a fraud."

In reference to a possible indictment brought by the current Special Prosecutor, Clinton said he doubted whether President-elect George W. Bush would pardon him after he leaves office.

Clinton praised convicted financier Michael Milken for his work against prostate cancer, when asked about a possible pardon for Milken. 

Rather asked Clinton about the purging of Christians in China and the burning of churches. Clinton would not commit to a resolution condemning the attacks on the clergy in China.

Rather is remembered for another interview he conducted with then-President George Bush. Rather was highly antagonistic of Bush as the interview, at times, deteriorated into a shouting match. In contrast, Rather was cordial with Clinton and did not press him on sensitive issues, like being held in contempt of court for providing false or misleading testimony in the Paula Jones case.

Rather conducted the interview for the CBS television network. 



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