Who’s Appearing In The Film
Bill Clinton’s presidency was marked by relentless politically motivated media intrusions into his personal life in an effort to criminalize and discredit him. In 1998, as a result of issues surrounding personal indiscretions with Monica Lewinsky, Clinton was the second U.S. president to be impeached by the House of Representatives. He was tried in the Senate and found not guilty of the charges brought against him, after which he apologized to the nation and continued with unprecedented popular approval.
The campaign detailed in The Hunting of the President begins with the right wing attempt to thwart Bill Clinton during his final run in the Arkansas Governor’s race in 1990 and extends throughout both terms of his presidency.
Bill Clinton: A Rhodes Scholar, William Jefferson Clinton was the nation’s youngest governor (32) and second youngest president (46), next to his political idol John F. Kennedy (43). Clinton was also the first Democrat to become President since Franklin D. Roosevelt to be elected to both terms in office.
During the Clinton years, America experienced the lowest unemployment rate in modern times, the lowest inflation in 30 years, the highest home ownership in the country’s history, dropping crime rates and reduced welfare rolls. Clinton proposed the first balanced budget in decades and actually achieved a budget surplus.
(In order of Appearance)
Senator Dale Bumpers: Former four-term Arkansas Senator (D), two-term Arkansas Governor and World War II Marine, Bumpers retired from the Senate on January 3, 1999. Less than three weeks later, he was called back to deliver the closing argument in defense of President Bill Clinton in only the second impeachment trial in the nation’s history. Sen. Bumpers stated there, that after 50 million dollars, Clinton was found guilty of no crime against the American people, despite a moral lapse in judgment with Monica Lewinsky.
Sidney Blumenthal: Former advisor to President Clinton (97-01) and author of several books including, The Permanent Campaign, The Rise of the Counter-Establishment and The Clinton Wars. Blumenthal’s The Clinton Wars is aptly titled, describing the culture conflict between the left and right, as interpreted by a liberal journalist who joins the Clinton White House in 1997. In the film, Blumenthal discusses Clinton’s alienation from the Washington Establishment, and his dialogue with David Brock about the “Arkansas Project.”
Andrew Cooper: New Zealand reporter for The Dominion who arrives in Little Rock shortly before the 1992 Presidential Election and encounters local pariah, Everett Ham, near his houseboat on the banks of the Arkansas River. The armed Ham offers the extra room on the houseboat in exchange for work. In the film, Cooper discusses his conversations with Ham concerning A.R.I.A (Alliance for the Rebirth of an Independent America), an organization that actively worked to politically disgrace Bill Clinton.
Everett Ham: Principal Little Rock member of A.R.I.A organization. In the film, journalist Andrew Cooper details his discussions with Ham about his organization, the A.R.I.A and their nationwide network of money and resources aimed at undermining and discrediting President Clinton.
Cliff Jackson: Native Arkansan lawyer and fellow classmate of Clinton at Oxford.
Following Clinton’s election to the Presidency, Jackson managed Arkansas State Troopers Larry Patterson and Roger Parry in the release of their story that they witnessed and concealed Clinton’s extramarital liaisons while Governor. Jackson is also credited with the expose´ of Clinton’s military draft record and being Everett Ham’s partner in A.R.I.A.
Larry Case and Larry Nichols: Freelance Arkansan operatives whose motives in their scandalous sex allegations against Clinton were more financial than ideological.
Larry Case was a Little Rock private eye with a flair for searching out and tapping the sexual secrets of public figures, in particular, Bill Clinton. Larry Nichols was a former jingle writer hired by the State of Arkansas as a marketing consultant, and then later fired by Governor Clinton for illegally raising money for Nicaraguan Contras from his state office. Nichols was later responsible for managing former jingle employee Gennifer Flowers in the release of her story of a “12-Year Love Affair with Bill Clinton,” to The Star tabloid newspaper.
Between them, Nichols and Case quickly established ongoing relationships with the Star, National Enquirer, TV programs, “Hard Copy” and “A Current Affair.” Nichols’ extensive connections with Sheffield Nelson and the Arkansas Republican Party led to the Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, CNN and other mainstream outlets.
Max Brantley: Editor in Chief of the Arkansas Times. In the film, Brantley discusses Larry Case, the story of Judge David Hale and the effect that Kenneth Starr’s OIC (Office of Independent Counsel) investigation had on Little Rock and Arkansas.
Gene Lyons: Syndicated national journalist and author of The Hunting of the President. In the film, Lyons discusses how Arkansas pariahs made the national media scene on the Clinton sex scandals.
Gennifer Flowers: Former Larry Nichols employee who sold her story of a “12 Year Love Affair with Bill Clinton,” to Star Magazine for $150,000.
William Rempel: Los Angeles Times reporter who conducted the initial Arkansas investigation of Clinton’s sex life, including Troopergate and Gennifer Flowers.
Betsey Wright: Governor Clinton’s Chief of Staff. In the film, Wright discusses her experiences in dealing with the groupies and adoring fans, including Paula Jones.
Paul Begala: Co-host of “Crossfire,” CNN’s political debate program with James Carville. Begala first entered the national political scene after his consulting firm, Carville & Begala, helped elect President Bill Clinton in 1992. Serving in the Clinton Administration as Counselor to the President, he helped define and defend the Administration’s agenda and served as the principal public spokesman. In the film, Begala discusses the OIC investigation of Arkansas (Whitewater/Paula Jones), Monica Lewinsky and staying in the White House to battle against Clinton’s Impeachment.
Larry Patterson and Roger Perry: Arkansas State Troopers who alleged that they had arranged and helped cover up numerous extramarital liaisons for Clinton while he was Governor. In an effort to profit and disgrace the Clintons after not being invited to join the President’s security detail in Washington, Patterson and Perry took their story to lawyer and former Clinton Oxford classmate, Cliff Jackson. Jackson agreed to manage and represent the troopers on everything from magazine features to movie deals. The day that David Brock’s story was published in The American Spectator, the Troopergate story led the CNN Evening News.
Danny Ferguson: Arkansas State Trooper who alleged he brought Paula Jones to meet Clinton at the Excelsior Hotel in Little Rock. In interviews with David Brock, Ferguson alleged that after her initial visit with Governor Clinton, Paula Jones agreed to see Clinton again.
David Brock: Former premier reporter for The American Spectator. Brock made initial investigations into Troopergate and the Arkansas sex scandals on behalf of the “Arkansas Project,” a Richard Mellon-Scaife funded initiative that ultimately spent more than 2.4 million dollars bringing forth allegations to criminalize and discredit President Clinton. David Brock’s new bestselling book, Blinded By The Right, details his former experiences working in the anti-Clinton machine.
Paula Jones: Former Arkansas State employee who charged Bill Clinton with sexual harassment. Paula Jones was a regular fixture outside then Governor Clinton’s Capitol offices. According to staff, Jones was “that girl with the hair and the nose,” who frequented the building, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Governor. After Gil Davis and Joe Cammerata successfully negotiated a $700,000 settlement from Clinton’s attorney Bob Bennett, Jones turned it down on the advice of her secret counsel, The Elves.
Cammerata and Davis quit the case, citing differences of opinion with their client and her refusal to settle. Paula Jones’ representation was then moved by the Elves to the Rutherford Institute under John Whitehead, longtime friend and affiliate of Jerry Falwell and the Religious Right. By turning down the settlement, Paula Jones’ case was turned into a federal investigation, leading to the appointment of an Independent Counsel.
Mike Gauldin: Governor Clinton’s Press Secretary. In the film, Gauldin reflects upon his experiences seeing Paula Jones as a regular visitor to the Arkansas State Capitol offices in hopes of meeting Clinton.
Susan Carpenter McMillan: Paula Jones’ advisor and daughter of a Glendale millionaire real estate developer. Carpenter-McMillan left the University of Southern California without graduating to marry Bill McMillan and help put him through law school by working with her mother in a baby goods store.
In 1980, she joined the anti-abortion movement, rising to become the top media representative of the Right to Life League of Southern California. However, Carpenter-McMillan formally left the movement saying that it was dominated by “misogynists who don’t care about women” and “crazies who murder doctors.” Coincidentally, her departure came shortly after the Los Angeles Times reported that she herself had undergone an abortion as a 21-year-old unmarried college student. For three years, she was a regular commentator on KABC-TV while running the Women’s Coalition from her home in a wealthy suburb of Los Angeles. Carpenter-McMillan also championed causes such as legislation requiring sex offenders to submit to chemical castration and the banishment from California of convicted rapist Reginald Muldrew, known as the “Pillowcase Rapist.”
Carpenter-McMillan’s entry into the Paula Jones case and her clout with their client caused friction within Team Paula. Cammarata “went ballistic,” according to Carpenter-McMillan, after she sent out a press release anointing herself Jones’s official spokeswoman.
Gil Davis & Joe Cammerata: Lead Counsel to Paula Jones in her sexual harassment suit against President Clinton until Jones turned down the $700,000 settlement offer from Clinton’s lawyers, asking instead for a formal apology. In their departure, Davis and Cammerata cited fundamental differences with Paula Jones over her refusal to settle her case.
Hillary Rodham Clinton: New York Senator and former First Lady of the United States. Hillary Rodham entered Yale Law School in 1969 where she met Bill Clinton. They married in 1975. In 1978, Bill Clinton became governor of Arkansas. Their daughter, Chelsea, was born in 1980. As the nation’s First Lady, Hillary continued to balance public service with private life. In 1993, the President asked her to chair the Task Force on National Health Care Reform where she was a strident proponent of the Federal government’s obligation to insure the medical welfare of the nation.
On January 28, 1998 Hillary Clinton uttered the infamous words, “vast right-wing conspiracy” on NBC’s Today Show that solidified and forever redefined the political attack on President Clinton.
Jeffrey Toobin: Staff writer at The New Yorker, legal analyst at ABC News and author of the critically acclaimed bestseller A Vast Conspiracy: The Real Story of the Sex Scandal That Nearly Brought Down a President. Toobin’s book critically examines Hillary Clinton’s infamous words, “vast right wing conspiracy” and unravels the three strands of a national scandal – those leading from Paula Jones, Kenneth Starr and Monica Lewinsky – that created a legal, personal and political disaster for Bill Clinton.
The Elves: George Conway, Jerome Marcus, Richard Porter and Ann Coulter. A team of legal advisors that secretly began to assist Paula Jones in her sexual harassment suit against President Clinton. After the Elves convinced Jones to turn down the $700,000 settlement with Clinton’s lawyer Bob Bennett, and Davis & Cammerata ended their representation of Jones, they were instrumental in getting Jones to seek new legal representation with the Rutherford Institute, a law firm closely affiliated with religious conservative Jerry Falwell.
Jerry Falwell: Right Wing religious associate of John Whitehead and the Rutherford Institute. Falwell was the primary financier of The Clinton Chronicles, a documentary detailing the scandalous drug trafficking, sex and murder syndicate organized under “Little Billy” Clinton while Governor. Trooper Larry Patterson appears in the film, as does Paula Jones. Larry Nichols narrates.
Robert Bennett: Bill Clinton’s legal advisor during the Paula Jones case. Bennett made the case to the Supreme Court that being President of the United States is not consistent with being involved in an active lawsuit. The Supreme Court unanimously turned down this argument, forcing Clinton to become the first sitting President to face sexual harassment charges while in office. In the film, Bennett recalls counseling President Clinton on the Paula Jones case in the midst of emergency negotiations during the 1998 Kosovo Crisis.
Richard Mellon-Scaife: Oil, steel and banking billionaire, and primary financier of the American Spectator Magazine. A diehard conservative, Scaife ultimately spent more than 2.4 million dollars on the “Arkansas Project,” a nationwide effort of lawyers, journalists and freelance investigators working to discredit President Clinton.
Parker Dozhier: Arkansas sportsman and fur trapper who served as the local watchdog and “go to” man for the Arkansas Project. Doszier housed David Hale at his Hot Springs fishing cabin complex between 1994 and 1996 during Hale’s criminal investigation for defrauding the Small Business Association. Doszier also served as courier for funds to Hale from Scaife and the American Spectator for his work on the Arkansas Project.
David Hale: Former Arkansas municipal court judge and head of a lending operation licensed by the federal Small Business Administration. Hale was crucial to the success of the Whitewater investigation because he alleged that Clinton, while governor of Arkansas, pressured him to provide an illegal $300,000 loan to Susan McDougal, a partner of the Clintons in the Whitewater land deal. When the SBA found out about Hale’s other financial misgivings relating to his lending operation, he was charged with felony fraud and he attempted to tie his legal dilemmas to Clinton in an attempt to escape prison.
Robert Fiske: Past president of the American College of Trial Lawyers and the Federal Bar Council. In January 1994, Attorney General Janet Reno appointed Robert Fiske as Chief Independent Counsel in the Clinton Whitewater Investigation. At the time, the Independent Counsel statute had lapsed. When Congress reauthorized the Independent Counsel Act six months later, Kenneth Starr was chosen by a three-judge panel of Bush and Reagan appointees to replace Fiske, insuring a “truly independent investigation.”
Janet Reno: First female Attorney General of the United States. On the advice President Clinton, Janet Reno reinstated the Independent Counsel Act as a means of assuaging growing concerns about the Clintons’ involvement in Whitewater.
Jim McDougal: The Clintons’ former business partner in Madison Guaranty Savings & Loan. Before his conviction for involvement in Whitewater, McDougal refused to cooperate with Independent Counsel Ken Starr, stating his innocence. After being convicted on 18 felony counts, McDougal began to cooperate in exchange for reduced prison sentence. Initially facing 84 years, he was sentenced to a three-year term and would have been released in September 1999. McDougal was also a key witness as prosecutors investigated the fraudulent Castle Grande real estate development south of Little Rock on which Hillary Clinton conducted work as a partner in the Rose Law Firm. McDougal’s worst fear came true when he died in prison at the age of 57.
Susan McDougal: James McDougal’s ex-wife. Susan McDougal was also involved in the Whitewater land deal but refused to cooperate with Kenneth Starr by providing a proffer of false testimony. She was convicted on May 28, 1996 of all the charges and sentenced to three 24-month prison terms to run concurrently, plus three years’ probation on the fourth felony charge. President Clinton pardoned McDougal shortly before leaving office in 2001.
Claudia Riley: Widow of former Arkansas Governor Bob Riley and long-time personal friend of the McDougals and the Clintons. The Rileys’ home in Arkadelphia was a common meeting place for many of the state’s rising political stars.
Jim Guy Tucker: Arkansas Governor who, along with failed Whitewater real estate partners Jim and Susan McDougal, was successfully prosecuted by Ken Starr on fraud charges. Tucker, Hale and McDougal came up with a complex financial scheme to defraud the savings & loan owned by McDougal and the government-backed Small Business Investment Corporation owned by Hale.
Sheffield Nelson: Little Rock attorney who switched parties to run as a Republican against Clinton in the 1990 Arkansas Governor’s race. It was Nelson’s connection with powerful Arkansas representatives of the Republican National Committee that made possible Larry Nichols and Cliff Jackson’s extensive media exposure of the Troopergate and Arkansas sex scandals.
Ken Starr and the OIC: Chief Independent Counsel in the Whitewater investigation of the President and Mrs. Clinton. Starr was former Solicitor General of the United States until the Clinton Administration replaced him in 1993. The decision to replace Robert Fiske, Janet Reno’s selection to Chief Independent Counsel, with Ken Starr, fueled heated controversy in Washington, as did Starr’s decision to accept the deanship at Pepperdine University, a Richard Mellon-Scaife educational beneficiary, heightening concerns about the growing partisanship with which the Whitewater investigation was being handled.Starr decided to reverse his acceptance as dean several days later saying that it seemed “unwise” to leave before the investigation had concluded.
Bobby McDaniel: Arkansas Lawyer and Susan McDougal’s legal advisor.
Dan Moldea: Twenty year veteran crime reporter who interviewed “every cop on the job” and “saw every piece of evidence,” in the Foster case for his book, A Washington Tragedy: How the Death of Vincent Foster Ignited a Political Firestorm. Moldea confirms that Foster’s death was an obvious suicide, and that a cabal of right-wing groups — financed by banking heir Richard Mellon Scaife – was responsible for keeping the case alive years after Foster’s death to tarnish the Clinton White House.
Vince Foster: Former top Clinton aide and Rose Law Firm Partner to Hillary Clinton. Concerns over Vince Foster’s suicide in 1993, following depression and growing political and media scrutiny for his involvement in the Travelgate Affair, Foster would later be brought to bear by Independent Counsel Ken Starr as a means of expanding the Whitewater Investigation. The Independent Counsel argued that Foster’s death may not have been a suicide, but rather a well choreographed plan to silence him.
Richard Ben-Veniste: Chief counsel (minority) of the Senate Whitewater Committee (95-96) as well as chief of the Watergate Special Prosecutor’s Office from 1973 to 1975. Ben-Veniste is the co-author of Stonewall: The Real Story of the Watergate Prosecution (Simon & Schuster) and Presidential appointee to the Nazi War Crimes and Japanese Imperial Government Records Interagency Working Group, which is mandated to review and declassify secret documents relating to World War II era war crimes.
Jonathan Alter: Newsweek senior editor and columnist. Alter joined NBC News as a contributing correspondent in 1996 and appears frequently on the Today show, NBC Nightly News, and MSNBC. In the film, Alter discusses the impact of the Clinton scandal on journalism and media.
James Carville: Former top Clinton aide and one of the country’s best known (and probably most colorful) political consultants. James Carville is also the host of MSNBC’s Crossfire, with Paul Begala. He acquired the nickname “Ragin’ Cajun” and began his odd-couple professional collaboration with Paul Begala, teaming up full time in 1989 and formed the Carville & Begala political consulting firm, specializing in strategy, message development, “earned media,” and above all, winning elections for Democrats. Carville and Begala’s biggest win was Bill Clinton’s election to the presidency in 1992, the first time a Democrat had claimed the White House in 12 years.
Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein: Washington Post reporters who uncovered Nixon’s Watergate Scandal. In the film, Washington Post media reporter Howard Kurtz talks about Whitewater being this generation’s Watergate and how no reporter wanted to be left behind in their chance to become Woodward and Bernstein.
Howard Kurtz: Media reporter for The Washington Post and author of Spin-Cycle: Inside the Clinton Propaganda Machine (Free Press), a best-selling book about how the Bill Clinton White House dealt with scandal and the press. In the film, Kurtz discusses the conservative bias of the media in its coverage of the Clinton investigations.
Joe Conason: Author of the bestselling book, The Hunting of the President. Conason covered the Clinton Investigations for The New York Observer and daily on his Journal at Salon.com. Conason is the best selling author of the new book, Big Lies: The Right-Wing Propaganda Machine and How It Distorts the Truth.
John Camp: CNN Reporter and six-time Peabody Award Winner. In the film, Camp discusses his experience at CNN and the frenzied changes he witnessed in the media as the coverage of the Clinton investigations unfolded.
Theodore Olson: Current Solicitor General of the United States. Olson represented George W. Bush in the controversial 2000 Presidential Election. Olson also represented David Hale in his case against the US Attorney’s Office in which Hale and counsel attempted to link Hale’s financial problems to Clinton through a Whitewater loan to Susan McDougal.
Ted Olson’s wife, Barbara Olson was a former federal prosecutor who served as Chief Investigative Counsel to the House Committee on Government Reform and Oversight during its probe into the Clinton Administration’s “Travelgate” scandal. She appeared frequently as a commentator on CNN. Barbara Olson was one of the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks who alerted her husband by cell phone that her plane was being hijacked by terrorists.