Hillary's selective memory
Hillary's claims to financial hardship upon leaving the White House seem to omit not only her own 2000 book deal for $8 million but also the existence of the Clinton Legal Defense Trust. If the Clinton's had massive debts after their eight years in the White House it wasn't because of legal bills. In true Clinton fashion, that tab was covered by other people's money.
From the February 25, 1999 Washington Post
The trustees of President Clinton's legal defense fund said yesterday that they have raised more than $4.5 million to help pay his legal bills and may eventually be able to cover most of the cost of the president's legal defense in the Whitewater investigation, the Paula Jones sexual harassment lawsuit and Congress's impeachment inquiry and trial.
At a news conference, Anthony F. Essaye, a New York lawyer who is a trustee and the executive director of the Clinton Legal Expense Trust, said the trust received 29,500 contributions totaling about $2.2 million from last August through the end of last year. He said that so far in 1999 the trust has taken in another 11,000 contributions totaling more than $800,000.
Essaye said that as of the end of October Clinton's legal bills totaled $9 million. The trust has paid $3 million in legal expenses on top of $800,000 paid by a previous trust, leaving an unpaid balance of $5.2 million, he said.
"I think it's reachable," Essaye said when asked if donations to the trust will be enough to cover all of Clinton's legal bills.