Richard, this is my current commentary on the subject.

Kind regards,

Keith

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There are many Clinton quotes now on the Internet, most of which are
certainly genuine. However, I've researched two for which there appears
to be no credible evidence of authenticity. If anyone can substantiate
them, I'd very much appreciate hearing from you.

The first quote is:

"If a President of the United States ever lied to the American people he
should resign."

This is from the Drudge Report of August 18, 1998. However, Mr. Drudge
did not identify its source, and dated it only as "the summer of 1974."
Since then, the quote has been posted on Usenet more than three hundred
times, but no one has posted any more information from Mr. Drudge as to
it's source.

Two months ago, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette emailed Mr. Drudge,
requesting his source for the quote. He never responded. Nor did he
respond to a similar more recent request from me.

It's difficult to believe Mr. Drudge would withhold substantiation for
this if he had it.

The second quote is:

"Yes, the president should resign. He has lied to the American people,
time and time again, and betrayed their trust. Since he has admitted
guilt, there is no reason to put the American people through an
impeachment. He will serve absolutely no purpose in finishing out his
term, the only possible solution is for the president to save some
dignity and resign."

According to the Deja News archives, this first appeared in the following
post. (I've edited it slightly, in part for privacy considerations.)

***************** Begin copy text ******************
Live and die by your own words
Author: Todd Zabel
Date:1998/08/28
Forums:milw.general, wi.general

"Yes, the president should resign. He has lied to the American people,
time and time again, and betrayed their trust. Since he has admitted
guilt, there is no reason to put the American people through an
impeachment. He will serve absolutely no purpose in finishing out his
term, the only possible solution is for the president to save some
dignity and resign."

From 12th Congressional District Hopeful William Jefferson Clinton during
the Nixon investigations.

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Since then, this quote has been posted to Usenet nearly a hundred times.
Yet, despite repeated requests, no one has identified its source and
date.

I emailed Mr. Zabel, asking him where he found the statement. I received
no reply. Some on Usenet have claimed Matt Drudge disseminated the
quote. My email to him also went unanswered. Various posters have
claimed that, on unspecified dates, the quote has been published by US
News & World Report's Washington Whispers" column, and read over the air
by Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity of Fox News, and Todd Whitthorne of
WFAA-TV's "Good Morning Texas." I've emailed all these sources, yet none
have responded with any documentation for the quote.

The Stumpers home page at:

http://www.cuis.edu/~stumpers/intro.html

describes their mail list this way. "Sponsored by the Graduate School of
Library and Information Science at Dominican University, Stumpers-L was
founded as an email-based resource where reference librarians can help
each other find the answers to difficult questions."

Here are the two most relevant Stumpers postings:

Posting one, at:

gopher://gopher.cuis.edu/0R116938-118708-gopher_root:[searchidx]stumpers-l

_1998-09.txt;30

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As it happens, this was asked about in the "Q and A" column in
yesterday's (Minneapolis) STAR TRIBUNE:

This is from the STRIB website--

Published Tuesday, September 1, 1998
_________

Q Did Bill Clinton, while running for Congress in
the 1970s, say: "If President Richard Nixon lied
to the government, he should resign?"

A In 1974, Clinton, a junior faculty member at the University of
Arkansas Law School and Democratic nominee to represent
Arkansas' Third Congressional District, called for Nixon's
resignation with this statement: "There's not any point in putting
the country through an impeachment since he [Nixon] isn't
making any pretense of innocence now." Nixon had
surrendered the famous "smoking gun" tape in which he virtually
confessed to obstructing justice in the Watergate affair, which is
what Clinton meant by "now."

Dennis Lien / U of Minnesota Libraries // d-lien@tc.umn.edu

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Posting two, at:

gopher://gopher.cuis.edu/0R697678-698398-gopher_root:[searchidx]stumpers-l

_1998-10.txt;11

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This is a section of the document
'gopher_root:[searchidx]stumpers-l_1998-10.txt;11'.


Date: Thu, 08 Oct 1998 23:35:30 -0400 (EDT)
From: Mary Lou White <whitem@clark.net>
To: "Sylvia F. Lamping" <sflamping@starbase1.htls.lib.il.us>
Cc: stumpers-l@crf.cuis.edu
Subj: Re: Bill Clinton Quote

Sylvia,
Here is the link from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.
http://www.ardemgaz.com/prev/clinton/clintongaz0874.html
Mary Lou White
The Washington Post
News Research


On Thu, 8 Oct 1998, Sylvia F. Lamping wrote:

> We are trying to find the quote given by Governor Clinton regarding
> the impeachment of Richard Nixon. The patron saw it on television about
a
> week ago. With so much on the Internet, I don't know where to start.
>
> Any ideas? Thanks!

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The problem, of course, is how it can be known that these
twenty-five-year-old quotes are genuine without knowing where and on what
date they were published.

For reference, here are the URL's containing all the statements Clinton
is currently known to have made about Watergate.

http://www.ardemgaz.com/prev/clinton/clinton080674.html

and

http://www.ardemgaz.com/prev/clinton/clintongaz0874.html

-----Original Message-----
From: Keith Woodard <
qwoodard@worldnet.att.net>
To: richard petersen <
zpub@sirius.com>
Date: Sunday, October 25, 1998 4:17 PM
Subject: Re: Two Dubious Clinton Quotes