Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is in the hot seat anew after being accused by her Republican rivals of not only staunchly defending a rape suspect, but also laughing about the case years later.
Donald Trump’s Republican allies may have found another chink in the former secretary of state’s armor after the Washington Free Beacon in 2014 obtained a controversial audio recording from the mid-1980s of her interview with Arkansas reporter Roy Reed, the Washington Post reported.
In a digital ad from the National Republican Senatorial Committee published on May 13, 2016, it said: “Democrat Senate candidates need to ask themselves: Can they really support Hillary Clinton?”
“She’s a living history of scandal, lies and spin,” the ad asserted.” Defended an accused child rapist, then laughed about his lenient sentence.”
Although Reed’s article was never published, it provided a glimpse of what was going Hillary Clinton’s mind when she, as a 27-year old lawyer, was asked to defend a 41-year-old factory worker who was accused of raping a `12-year-old girl in 1975.
As contained in the audio recording which was supposedly made in the mid-80s, the former first lady described the court case to Reed as both “terrible” and “fascinating” at the same time.
During the interview, the ex-senator from New York and the reporter are both heard either laughing or giggling, and were discussing the merits of the case with unusual candor.
“Of course he [the defendant] claimed he didn’t [rape]. All this stuff,” she said laughing. “He took a lie detector test. I had him take a polygraph, which he passed, which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs.”
At one point during the hearings, the Yale educated lawyer even questioned the 12-year-old’s credibility, and later on wrote an affidavit after being informed that “the complainant is emotionally unstable with a tendency to seek out older men and to engage in fantasizing.”
Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton has trained her guns on her Republican rival Donald Trump, accusing him of not only being “divisive and dangerous” but also “unmoored,” according to CNN.
She noted that the presumptive GOP presidential nominee’s criticism of British politicians, his desire to dialogue with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, and his belief that the United States should back away from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization “adds up to a very troubling picture.”
When asked by CNN’s Jake Tapper if the business mogul could handle the chores at the White House, Hillary Clinton said, “Well, the voters will have to decide. I’m going to lay out my qualifications to be president.”