Tuesday, June 13, 2017

This Fight Will Be Long, Bloody, and Partisan


In the first week of November, 1992, with a presidential election looming, and with the incumbent president, George H.W. Bush, looking to be in some difficulty due to a bizarre three-way race, and due to a surprisingly strong challenge from Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton, an announcement shook the race to its foundations. Four days before the election, Lawrence Walsh, the lifelong Republican who had been appointed as the special prosecutor in the Iran-Contra scandal, announced the indictment of Caspar Weinberger, who had been Secretary of Defense under President Ronald Reagan while the illegal arms-for-hostages scheme had been implemented. This was Walsh's second bite at this particular apple; he had secured an indictment against Weinberger five months earlier. That indictment had been dismissed on technical grounds.

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