American Minute with Bill Federer AUG. 8 - White House Scandals throughout History
American Minute with Bill Federer
AUG. 8 - White House Scandals throughout History
White House scandals, many of which are compiled by William A. Borst, Ph.D., (Mindszenty Report, Vol. IV-No. 8), included:
1868 - President Andrew Johnson refused to protect freed slaves resulting in the Republican Congress impeaching him.
- President Grant's Vice-President and several Congressmen received
bribes from Credit Mobilier, the construction company building the Union
Pacific Railroad, to fraudulently bill the government.
- Whiskey Ring conspiracy involved bribery and tax evasion by
government agents and whiskey distillers. Grant promised swift
punishment, but when his personal secretary was implicated, Grant tried
protect him, worsening the scandal. The Secretary of War was impeached.
- Grant's Secretary of the Interior, who advocated killing off the
Buffalo, was forced to resign for taking bribes for land grants.
- during President Garfield's administration, though he was not
implicated, private companies delivered mail on the Star Route in
America's west. Though giving low bids to postal officials, when those
officials presented the bids to Congress, they increased the amounts and
pocketed the difference.
- President Harding's Secretary of the Interior was caught selling
exclusive rights to oil reserves in Teapot Dome, Wyoming, in exchange
for personal profit and cattle.
- President Harding's Director of Veterans Affairs Charles Forbes was
convicted and imprisoned for denying claims of wounded veterans and
embezzling $225 million.
- President Harding's Attorney General Harry Daugherty let pharmacies
and bootleggers obtain permits to sell alcohol for 'medicinal' purposes
during the era of prohibition. This, and other scandals, forced him to
- during President Ronald Reagan's term, though the Democrat Congress
prohibited it, plans were made to sell arms to moderate Muslims in Iran
in exchange for release of hostages and to keep Iran from falling to the
communist Soviet Union. Money from the sales would be used to help
Contra freedom fighters stop communists from taking over Nicaragua.
- President Clinton had an illicit relationship with Monica Lewinsky,
whose friend, Linda Trip, convinced her to keep a stained dress as proof
of the affair, supposedly as protection to keep her from being added to
a Clinton body count list. In his effort to cover it up, Clinton was
impeached for perjury and obstruction of justice.
2009 - President Obama's Attorney General Eric Holder was held in
Contempt of Congress after refusing to release documents regarding a
Fast and Furious operation which provided guns to Mexican drug gangs.
- prior to re-election, President Obama announced the war on terror was
over. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had met with the 57 leaders of
the OIC (Organization of Islamic Cooperation) promising support of a
U.N. Resolution prohibiting speech insulting Islam. On September 11th,
an organized attack occurred on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.
Six hours into the attack, the President spoke via telephone with
Hillary Clinton but no rescue was attempted. The next morning, Hillary
Clinton's State Department sent a memo to YouTube and Google to prohibit
speech insulting Islam. Reports surfaced that guns were being moved
through Benghazi to arm the Muslim Brotherhood in Syria.
- after the President had met 157 times with the head of the IRS, Lois
Lerner, she took the 5th Amendment when asked by Congress about the
agency targeting conservative political groups prior to the President's
- five members of President Nixon's re-election team did a third-rate
break-in of the Democratic headquarters in the Watergate building.
Though Nixon was not involved, his efforts to cover it up implicated
him. Rather than face impeachment, he resigned.
On AUGUST 8, 1974, televised from the Oval Office, 37th President Richard Nixon said:
"Good evening. This is the 37th time I have spoken to you from this office...
continue to fight...for my personal vindication would almost totally
absorb the time and attention of both the President and the Congress...
Therefore, I shall resign...
If some of my judgments were wrong...they were made in what I believed...to be the best interest of the Nation."
the Middle East, 100 million people in the Arab countries, many of whom
have considered us their enemy...now look on us as their friends.
We must continue to build on that friendship so that...the cradle of civilization will not become its grave."
Nixon continued speaking:
have taken heart from what Theodore Roosevelt once said about the man
in the arena, 'whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who
If he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly.'...
In leaving...I do so with this prayer: May God's grace be with you in all the days ahead."
Privately to his Cabinet, President Nixon said:
yes...for personal gain, never...I can only say to each...of you...we
come from many faiths...but really the same God...