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Larry Klayman

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Larry Klayman is in the middle of most every Democratic scandal ricocheting through Washington.

A once-obscure trade lawyer who founded his conservative "watchdog" group Judicial Watch in 1994, Klayman is suing the Clinton administration in 18 separate matters, alleging an array of government cover-ups related to such things as Commerce Department trade missions and the suicide of White House deputy counsel Vincent W. Foster.

Klayman is backed by money from Richard Mellon Scaife, a virulent critic of President Clinton. And armed with broad-ranging subpoena power by a federal judge, Klayman has become a kind of permanent, privately funded independent counsel, pioneering – Democrats say abusing – the use of civil lawsuits as a political weapon against the administration.

When allegations surfaced that Pentagon officials had leaked damaging information about independent counsel Kenneth Starr's key witness in the Monica Lewinsky investigation – onetime Lewinsky friend Linda Tripp – Klayman was first out of the gate with subpoenas.

Witnesses complain that they have spent thousands of dollars in attorneys fees only to be subjected to hours of off-the-topic questions, part of a sprawling fishing expedition for incriminating facts.

Foundation Gave $550,000 to Anti-Clinton Group (June 10, 1998)
Klayman Letter to the Editor (June 8, 1998)
Pursuing Clinton Suits Him Just Fine (May 30, 1998)
Group Subpoenas Reporter's Notes (May 1, 1998)
To Gadfly of the Right, Clinton Administration Is Unsafe at Any Speed (Nov. 17, 1996)

(Updated October 2, 1998)

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