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The Willey Letters

Released on Monday, March 16, 1998

Following is the text of letters from Kathleen E. Willey to President Clinton or his secretary – and one from the president to Willey. All but the first note date from after the November 29, 1993, meeting during which Willey says Clinton groped her. The White House released the letters on March 16 in an effort to bolster the president's insistence that his contacts with Willey were above board.

In some cases, the letters are marked with the president's comments, shown in bold. References to "Nancy" or "NH" are to Clinton's appointment secretary, Nancy Hernreich. "HRC" is Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Letter of November 22, 1993

Dear Mr. President,

What a wonderful week you have had! Congratulations on all of your well deserved success.

I would very much like to have a few minutes of your time to discuss something of importance to me.

I will wait to hear from you –



I'll see her next week


Letter of December 20, 1993

Dear Mr. President –

I just wanted to wish you a wonderful Christmas. I can only imagine how you must be looking forward to your first Christmas here –

Thank you for the opportunity to work in this great house –

After this bittersweet year, my first resolution for 1994 will be the pursuit of a meaningful job. I hope it will be here –

Merry Christmas


June 17, 1994

June 17, 1994

Dear Mr. President,

I just wanted to take a moment to tell you how caring and heartfelt your speech was on D Day.

While you have had many shining moments, that day was, for me, the proudest I have been that you are our President.


should send her a copy of speech

On an attached copy of the text of President Clinton's June 7, 1994, remarks at the U.S. cemetery above Omaha Beach:

To Kathleen Willey with thanks
Bill Clinton

Letter of October 18, 1994

Dear Mr. President,

Thank you so much for taking the time to meet with me. Since I've seen you, I have had the opportunity to talk with Mel French, Harlan Lee, the assistant chief of protocol, and Craig Smith. I hope to meet with Leon Panetta next.

As I said to you, I have invested almost three years with your campaign and administration and am not very willing to depart yet. I would like to be considered for an ambassadorship or a position in an embassy overseas. I now find myself with no encumbrances, with Shannon away at medical school and Patrick in college in North Carolina.

I feel confident that I would represent you and our country well if given the opportunity and hope you will consider my request.

Please accept my best wishes for your historic trip to the Mideast next week – I don't need to remind you of my willingness to help you in any way that I can.




Letter of November 11, 1994

Dear Mr. President –

You have been on my mind so often this week – There are so very many people who believe in you and what you are trying to do for our country –

Take heart in knowing that your number one fan thanks you every day for your help in saving her wonderful state.

With appreciation


Letter of December 15, 1994

Dear Mr. President –

I came up for the day to visit all of my White House friends and was hoping to be able to visit with you for a few minutes –

I'm leaving on Monday to spend Christmas with Debbie & Tom Seibert in Stockholm – isn't it wonderful of them to include me in their first Christmas in Sweden? I can hardly contain myself – I'm so excited.

I hope you have a good and restful Christmas – good luck with your speech tonight – I know that you will do well – I hope I get back to Richmond in time to see it –

Have a good holiday, The White House looks magical –



Letter of February 14, 1995

Dear Mr. President,

It has come to my attention that the position of United States representative to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature is now vacant.

I would like to be considered for this position and would like to meet with you at your earliest convenience to discuss this appointment.


Kathleen Willey

Is this what Sheila Lawrence did?
Can we do this for her?

Invitation to Engagement Party on September 9, 1995

Mrs. Kathleen Elizabeth Willey
requests the pleasure of your company
to honor
Shannon and Richard
on Saturday the ninth of September
at half after six o'clock
2320 Castlebridge Road
Midlothian, Virginia

Please respond

Letter of October 1, 1995

Dear Mr. President,

A few weeks ago, I contacted Chase Arden, a little boy here in Richmond. As you can see form the enclosed articles, he died awaiting a bone marrow transplant, which was denied him by the Prudential Health Care System.

My request for help from the White House was turned over to a young woman in Agency Liaison, whom I only know as Helen. You should know that she was so very eager top help us and made herself available to assist our needs in any way that she and the white House could. Unfortunately, Chase died before we could help him.

I want you to know how very, very much I appreciate all that you and Nancy did to help me. I feel confident that once the Ardens recover from their initial shock of their little boy's death, they will continue their fight in Chase's name in the hope that they can try to prevent this from happening to someone else's child. I know that they will want to contact the White House again for help in that endeavor, and I hope that that help will again be available to them.

Thank you again for helping us.

I hope you stay well –


cc: HRC


Letter to Nancy Hernreich, December 5, 1995

Dear Nancy –

I will be coming up to Washington next Monday, December 11th, for two days and would like to see the President for a few minutes if that would be at all possible.

I would like to talk to him about the possibility of working on his re-election campaign. I would be able to move to Washington as soon as possible and feel that working on the campaign would be mutually beneficial to us both.

I know that this is a busy time for you and am most appreciative for any effort you would make on my behalf.

I hope to see you next week.



Letter of December 5, 1995

Dear Mr. President,

I have just returned from Jakarta, Indonesia, where I attended the Convention on Biological Diversity as a public member with the United States delegation. Thank you once again for allowing me the opportunity to be with such a fine group representing you and our country. Our delegation was comprised of knowledgeable, well respected members whose advice and counsel was constantly sought after, even though our Senate has not yet ratified the Rio Convention. Special recognition should be given to our head of delegation, Rafe Pomerantz from the State Department and David Hales, Director of the Global Environment Center at USAID, our second head of delegation. It goes without saying that Tim Wirth did his usual outstanding job representing the United States. It was a great honor being there. I learned so much and made many new friends from all over the world. I also spent one day in a rain forest, followed by a day diving the coral reef on the island of Sulawesi. Experiences which I will never, ever forget.

Although I have been in constant touch with Bob Nash in Presidential Personnel, we are still having a lot of difficulty finding a job for me, which is understandable with all of the current budget cuts. In light of that fact, I respectfully ask that you consider me for a position on your re-election campaign, on a national level. I have worked on various campaigns over the years and feel that I have much to offer your campaign. It is more important than ever, for our country, for our children and their children that you are re-elected and I am committed to that goal. I am now in a position to move to Washington and know that while I am very much in need of employment, I think that the Clinton/Gore Campaign needs me too. I am free to travel and work on your behalf for the next year.

I will be in Washington on December 11th and 12th and I hope that I might be able to have a few minutes of your time to discuss this further. I will call Nancy and let her know when I arrive.

I have followed every day of your trip to Europe this past week and have seen the wonderful reception given you at every step. How proud you must be of your role as peacemaker in this troubled world of ours!

Thank you for taking the time to read this – I hope to see you next week.



Letter from Clinton to Willey, December 21, 1995

Dear Kathleen:

Thanks for your letter of December 5. I'm sorry I missed you when you were in town last week, but it was good to hear from you and to get an update on your activities. The Convention on Biological Diversity must have been fascinating.

Thanks, too, for your continued desire to serve the Administration. I'm glad to hear you've already met with Brian Bailey and Ann Lewis regarding a job with the campaign. It sounds like you're on the right track.

Have a wonderful holiday season.


Bill Clinton


Letter of November 13, 1996

Dear Mr. President –

Congratulations on your outstanding win on November 5th! How fortunate for us all that you will lead us into the 21st Century. I'm so sorry about Virginia, but we did come very close, didn't we?

I remember so well the election night celebration in Little Rock in 1992 and the feeling of renewed hope that we all felt that night, a sentiment that remains with so many of us still.

My best wishes for your continuing good health, happiness and success for the next four years.



Letter to Nancy Hernreich, November 10, 1997

November 10, 1997

Dear Nancy,

Before Ed's death, we were promised faithfully by the DNC that we would be included in one of the White House's Christmas parties in recognition of our efforts and fund-raising during the 1992 campaign. Somehow, we slipped through the cracks and were never included. I would be so appreciative if I and my guest could be included this year.

I hope this finds you well and happy. I think of you often and hope that you are managing to escape the intrusions that have plagued so many of us who are friends of the President. I am so glad that we were successful in 1996 and know that we continue to be in good hands.

I wish you all the best and hope you have a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving and Christmas.



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