News coverage on the KIEV story.

JULY 23, 1998 Jon E. Dougherty

WASHINGTON -- Information passed to a talk radio program by a reporter for the
USA Radio Network late Wednesday night indicated that Secret Service agents
testifying in a Grand Jury hearing separate from the Lewinsky hearings have
alleged drug use within the White House.

According to USA Radio correspondent Jack Christy, the "bombshell" report was
based on other information Christy and others had been gathering on the issue
to the agents' testimony yesterday.

"We are hearing allegations that what the Secret Service is testifying about
is drug use within the White House," Christy said during a phone call to the
George Putnam Show on KIEV-AM in Seattle.

Christy indicated that Larry Cockell, the lead Secret Service agent in charge
of protecting President Clinton until the White House reassigned him last
week, was involved in the testimony.

During the on-air conversation, Putnam added that he had been told by Larry
Nichols -- a former Arkansas State Trooper and guardian of Clinton while he
was governor of Arkansas -- that the trafficking of cocaine into the White
House was being carried out by "a select few" personnel who had special

Both Putnam and Christy said that Monica Lewinsky, currently embroiled in a
'sexgate' controversy which may have involved Clinton, has one of the special

Those passes, Christy revealed, "do not require the holder of that card to be
inspected upon entering the White House."

"Monica Lewinsky had one of those passes," he said, "and she still has one
today, by the way."

Putnam challenged Christy to verify the information during the interview
"without giving up" sources.  Christy said, "I can tell you, George, that this
is the scuttlebutt here on the street in Washington, DC."

Christy added that he believes former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta
also knew of the drug use, which is "why he left the White House" and later
chose not to run for a governorship.

"He did that for a reason," he said.

Christy also said that "Ken Starr knows" about the drug use, which is why
"those Clinton supporters" who have been "asking Starr to let us go" are
being so vehement in their criticism of the Independent Prosecutor.

They "want this stuff to come out so they can get on with their lives," he

At that point, Putnam said that "we also know" about the alleged drug use by
Clinton and those close to him in Arkansas because of an expose about the
Clinton administration written by former FBI agent Gary Aldridge. Aldridge's
book charged, among other things, that the immorality in the Clinton White
House was rampant.  Those charges included lax security measures for who he
described as dubious people.

Both Christy and Putnam cited a story which appeared in Investor's Business
Daily on October 6, 1996, entitled 'What did he snort and when did he snort
it.' That story also depicted alleged drug use in the White House.

During the conversation, Christy reminded listeners that the brief Starr
filed with the Supreme Court, which sought to compel Secret Service testimony
over the objections of the administration, "contained sensitive information."
Christy appeared to be tying that description into the story regarding the
drug use.

At one point, Putnam asked, "How high does it [the drug use] reach?"

"All the way to the top," Christy said. "I mean, we're talking about the
President of the United States here."

Christy also said that the Secret Service agents which have been compelled to
testify before Ken Starr's grand jury "are decent, honorable people, but they
witnessed the president in a compromised position."  That, he said, put them
in a very delicate situation.

Christy suggested that Starr's final report to Congress regarding his
four-year investigation will be "all inclusive," and that there may be
nothing left for legislators to do "except impeach the guy, unless he resigns
for medical reasons beforehand."

1998 USA Journal Online.

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