Latest FBI Fakery on Vince Foster Death


Guest article by Hugh Turley


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Both presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump could agree that something is “fishy” about the latest media coverage about the death of Vince Foster on July 20, 1993.


On June 2, 2016, a news story in the Daily Mail seemed designed to attract a right-wing audience by blaming Hillary Clinton for the suicide of Vince Foster.  The “exclusive” story by Ronald Kessler claimed Hillary “attacked and humiliated [Foster] in front of other White House aides a week before he took his own life.” 


The story quickly spread among conservative news outlets and was repeated by Rush Limbaugh.  No one bothered to verify it, however.  As a matter of fact, at the time of the alleged humiliation of Vince Foster, one week before his death, Hillary Clinton was traveling in Asia and Hawaii.


The New York Times and AP reported on Mrs. Clinton’s trip to the G-7 Summit in Tokyo with the President and her mother in early July.  She remained after President Clinton returned to Washington and was joined by Chelsea and two of her friends in Hawaii.  This is well documented in Hillary’s book Living History.  Lisa Caputo, press secretary to Hillary Clinton, testified to the Senate that she was with the First Lady in Los Angeles on July 20 on their return trip from Hawaii and Japan.


The story by Kessler published in the Daily Mail and repeated by Clinton’s ostensible opponents was not new.  Kessler first wrote this story in 2011 in his book The Secrets of the FBI and later in 2014 in The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents. Kessler wrote:


Former FBI agent Coy Copeland was the senior investigator who read the reports of other agents.  According to Copeland, what never came out publicly was that the agents learned that about a week before his death, Hillary Clinton and Foster, who was her mentor at the Rose law Firm in Little Rock, held a meeting to go over the health care legislation she was proposing.  Those who were present told the FBI agents working for Starr that Hillary violently disagreed with a legal objection Foster raised at the meeting and humiliated Foster in front of aides, Copeland says.


“Hillary put him down really, really bad in a pretty good-size meeting,” Copeland says.  “She told him he didn’t get the picture, and he would always be a little hick-town lawyer who was obviously not ready for the big time.”


Based on what “dozens” of others who had contact with Foster after that meeting told the agents, “The put-down that she gave him in that big meeting just pushed him over the edge,” Copeland says.  “It was the final straw that broke the camel’s back.”


Clearly, Foster might have decided to commit suicide regardless.  But based on the FBI investigation, this episode a week before his suicide triggered his decision to end his life.  Asked why he excluded it from his report Starr did not respond.”


Kessler also wrote:


“Foster was profoundly depressed, but Hillary lambasting him was the final straw because she publicly embarrassed him in front of others,” says former FBI supervisory agent Jim Clemente, who was also assigned by the FBI to the Starr investigation and who probed the circumstances surrounding Foster’s suicide.  Speaking about the investigation for the first time, Clemente says, “Hillary blamed him for failed nominations, claimed he had not vetted them properly, and said in front of White House colleagues, ‘You’re not protecting us’ and ‘You have failed us.’  That was the final blow.”


Family members, friends, and aides told FBI agents that after that meeting Foster’s behavior changed dramatically...Foster was already depressed, and no one can explain a suicide in rational terms.  But the FBI investigation concluded that it was Hillary’s vilification of Foster in front of other White House aides, coming on top of his depression, that triggered Foster’s suicide about a week later, Copeland and Clemente both say.


Foster-case witness Patrick Knowlton and I examined over 20,000 pages documents from the Vince Foster death investigation, including scores of FBI handwritten notes and interview reports of friends, family and co-workers of Foster.   Many of these FBI documents that we reviewed at the National Archives were unredacted.  We never saw any mention of a meeting a week before Foster’s death with Hillary, Foster, and other staff present, not even a teleconference.  


The FBI has been covering up the murder of Vince Foster with the help of the news media since 1993.  FBI agents have falsified interview reports to make it appear Foster’s car was at Fort Marcy Park when it was not.  Grand jury witness Patrick Knowlton was harassed and intimidated before his testimony.    


This latest FBI ruse is particularly bold because it clearly is not true that Hillary was at a White House meeting with Foster a week before his death.


The FBI participated in the Park Police investigation, the Fiske investigation, and the Starr investigation.  Although the Senate technically did not conduct a death investigation, the FBI participated in the Senate hearings too. 


The cover-up of the murder of a White House official is a crime against society and the American people.  The cover-up of the murder of Vince Foster should concern both Democrats and Republicans.  


This case is important because it proves, most shockingly, that the public cannot rely on the press to keep government honest.    


The latest attempt to cover up the murder unfairly blames Mrs. Clinton for causing a suicide, when she clearly could not have in the way that it was reported.  Trump, who has been opposed by establishment Republicans who have long ignored Foster’s murder, should not be silent.


The proof of the cover-up is found in Ken Starr’s Report on the death of Vince Foster.  The US Court of Appeals that appointed Starr ordered him to include evidence of the cover-up, over his objection, in his own Report as an appendix.  It is stated in the appendix to the Report, “the FBI concealed the true facts surrounding Mr. Foster’s death” and “the FBI obstructed justice in this matter.”   


The news of this historic appendix to the Independent Counsel’s Report has been suppressed by the news media since 1997 when it was made public.  It is available at university libraries and online.


Hugh Turley, with John H. Clarke and Patrick Knowlton, co-authored the final 20 pages of Ken Starr's Report on Vince Foster's death. Their website is 


An earlier version of this article was “published,” in a manner of speaking, on the web site of World Net Daily on June 15 with the title, “Something Trump and Hillary Should Agree On.” I qualify the “published” characterization because, although the article was, indeed, on the World Net Daily web site, there was—and is—virtually no way that it could be found. In that regard it is akin to the draft of an article on my web site that I share with friends before putting the title up so that the general public can join us in reading it.  I would not say that at that point I had actually published the article. 


The following exchange took place on June 23 between Turley and Ron Strom, the Commentary Editor at World Net Daily about this state of affairs:


Dear Mr. Strom,


Please tell me why my recent column is hidden from the sight of readers at World Net Daily?


My column was placed out of sight so that it cannot even be found by the World Net Daily internal search engine.   The only way to navigate to the column is to browse through the archives of columns, but then a person would have to know what column they are looking for.   


Using the WND search engine for the term “Ronald Kessler,” the article by Bob Unruh with false information is easily found.

My column that corrects Mr. Unruh’s false information is not found by the search engine.  Why not?


My column is only available to a very few people that know the secret url link.  


You really have not properly published a correction of error by Ronald Kessler that was published at WND.  Why didn’t you present my column with the same prominent placement that you gave the erroneous column by Mr. Unruh?



Hugh Turley



Mr. Turley:


Mr. Unruh did not report "false information," and that was not the reason we decided to run your guest column earlier this month.


Mr. Unruh's report was not a "column," i.e. opinion, as was yours -- nor was it "erroneous." It was a straight news story reporting what Ronald Kessler was claiming in his piece at the Daily Mail. Bob factually and responsibly reported what Kessler wrote.


You wanted an opportunity to rebut Kessler's claim, which we gave you. Your column was not run as news, but opinion, and it certainly was not meant to "correct" our news reporting, which is accurate.


I hope this helps clarify things.



Ron Strom

Commentary Editor - WND


I trust that readers can recognize chicanery covered in sophistry when they see it.  Yes, it is a fact that Ronald Kessler has written that Hillary Clinton gave Vince Foster a public tongue-lashing at the White House a week before Foster’s death.  But the much more important fact of the matter is that what Kessler has reported, using two FBI agents as sources, could not possibly be true, as Turley has shown.  World Net Daily has been a party to the spreading of the demonstrably false story to its conservative readers and has made a weak attempt at humoring Turley by appearing to publish his setting of the record straight, when it has not actually done so.


Summing up Strom’s response to Turley’s complaint, it is “news” when the FBI or one of its shills like Ronald Kessler makes a statement, and the contents of the statement are to be treated at face value and publicized even though they are demonstrably false and even though they have the effect of covering up a murder.  When someone of lesser importance, like Turley, presents solid evidence showing that the FBI statement could not be true, that is mere opinion and can, at best, only be tucked away on the WND web site where nobody can find it.


To further buttress what Turley has reported, readers need to be reminded of the 1998 book by Gary Aldrich, Unlimited Access: An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House.  Aldrich accepts the FBI’s suicide line on Foster while at the same time reporting, in the most graphic terms, many very negative things about the Clintons, particularly about Hillary and her treatment of subordinates.  Had this public humiliation of Foster by Hillary have actually happened at any time it’s a near certainty that Aldrich would have said something about it, but he did not.  This clear cock and bull story, it would appear, had not yet been invented when Aldrich wrote his book.


David Martin

June 24, 2016




I neglected to mention in my commentary that before he sent his completed article, Turley had sent the fruits of his research to World Net Daily urging them to write the article that he ended up writing and sending out for publication.  Had they accepted Turley’s initial offer, they could hardly have treated the subject as “opinion,” to be hidden away on the WND web site.


Turley also ended up sending his article to American Thinker, which on May 31 had published, “Donald Trump Is Right to Think that Something Is ‘Very Fishy’ about the Vincent Foster Death” by Allan Favish.  Turley received this rather astonishing response:




I'm afraid I can't make out what the point of this piece is. I'm not even sure, on rereading it, whether it's exonerating Hillary or accusing here [sic]. It seems to be doing both at the same time. All that being the case, we're going to pass on this one.



JR Dunn


Yeah, right, as they say.  Some thinker!  Who else, we might wonder, is in the FBI cover-up camp?


David Martin

June 26, 2016





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