The Clintons cheered GOP indictment 4 days from 1992 presidential election

Hillary Clinton said over the weekend that the FBI reopening her email server investigation 11 days before the presidential election was “unprecedented” and “deeply troubling.”

Yet the Clintons had no qualms in 1992 — when Bill Clinton was running for the Oval Office — when a GOP official was indicted four days from the general election, in what many saw as an effort to sway the presidential contest.

A special prosecutor raised new charges against Caspar W. Weinberger, who served as Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan, about the Iran-Contra probe. The charges appeared to contradict statements made by George H.W. Bush — who was running for re-election at the time — prompting Mr. Clinton to claim he was running against a “culture of corruption.”

“Newly disclosed notes on a White House meeting in January 1986 contradict President Bush’s assertion that he was unaware at the time that arms sold to Iran were part of an arms-for-hostages deal,” The New York Times reportedOct. 31, 1992.

Mr. Weinberger’s notes say that at a meeting in the Oval Office on Jan. 7, 1986, Mr. Bush, who was then Vice President, favored an effort to secure the release of American hostages by selling American antitank missiles to Iran. Iran was believed to have influence over groups holding the hostages in Lebanon. ‘VP Favored’ Deal,” The Times reported.

Mr. Clinton, at the time, “seized” on the revelations.


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