Cast of characters

Cast of characters behind the Clinton-Starr scandal


Salon Staff
September 10, 1998 11:00PM (UTC)

Stephen S. Boynton and David Henderson

Stephen S. Boynton and David Henderson
ran
the American Spectator's $2.4 million, four-year Arkansas Project. Both have political ties to Richard Mellon Scaife. Boynton is a Virginia attorney and political activist; Henderson an attorney and vice president of the American Spectator Education Foundation. Witnesses allege that Boynton and fishing resort owner Parker Dozhier funneled Arkansas Project money and other gratuities to Whitewater witness David Hale while he was cooperating with investigators. Dozhier is a longtime acquaintance of Boynton; and Henderson, Boynton and Hale were friends over a decade prior to the formation of the Arkansas Project.

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W. Hickman Ewing Jr.

Kenneth Starr's chief deputy in Little Rock, W. Hickman Ewing Jr. met several times with Rex Armistead, an investigator employed by Richard Mellon Scaife. Armistead was the recipient of $250,000 for his work on the American Spectator's Arkansas Project, and had examined allegations that Clinton protected a ring of Mena, Ark., cocaine smugglers when he was governor. The revelation of the meetings came at a time when Starr was under fire for his own ties to Scaife. Ewing's friendship with Armistead leads back to Memphis in the '70s, where Ewing was a federal prosecutor and Armistead led a crime-fighting nonprofit organization.

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David Hale

Key Whitewater prosecution witness David Hale was convicted for issuing fraudulent loans through his SBA-subsidized lending service, which was supposed to help businesses owned by minorities and disadvantaged. Instead, the former municipal judge used his Capital Management Services to make handouts to his political friends, bilking taxpayers of $3.4 million. Hale cooperated with the independent counsel, providing testimony that landed the convictions of James and Susan McDougal and then-Gov. Jim Guy Tucker. Hale also provided the only testimony implicating Clinton in the Whitewater investigation -- stating under oath that the former Arkansas governor pressured him to make an illegal loan to the McDougals. Recent allegations suggest Hale took payments from Arkansas Project operatives while cooperating with investigators. He now faces trial for separate charges that he misled Arkansas state insurance regulators.

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Theodore B. Olson

A prominent conservative Washington attorney, Theodore B. Olson represented key Whitewater witness David Hale when he was called to testify before a congressional committee. Olson is a leader in Beltway conservative circles, counts Starr as a longtime friend and former law partner and maintains deep ties to the American Spectator, where he has served as an advisory board member. While serving under the Reagan Justice Department, Olson himself was the subject of an independent investigation, but no charges were brought against him.

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Richard Mellon Scaife

Billionaire conservative Richard Mellon Scaife -- with familial ties to the Mellon banking and industrial empire and a publishing stable of his own -- bankrolled the American Spectator's Arkansas Project. Scaife helped seed the New Right movement back in the '70s, and today he funds countless conservative organizations -- including the Heritage Foundation and the Landmark Legal Foundation, which provided legal support for Paula Jones and helped her find an attorney -- through the Scaife foundations established by his mother.

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Kenneth W. Starr

Independent counsel Kenneth W. Starr was appointed in 1994 to investigate Clinton's involvement in the failed Whitewater land development deal -- an investigation whose sprawling roots have taken hold of seemingly every aspect of the presidency, including Clinton's sexual relationship with Monica Lewinsky and the administration's handling of classified FBI files. The conservative Republican is a friend and former law partner of Theodore Olson. Starr's $40 million, four-year investigation has been plagued by allegations of partisanship and conflicts of interest, including Starr's initial acceptance of a university post partially funded by Richard Mellon Scaife.

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