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Following Orders: The Death of Vince Foster Prologue Excerpt

Following is an excerpt from Following Orders: The Death of Vince Foster, Clinton White House Lawyer (One Rock Ink Publishing).


While it might have initially appeared that the deputy counsel to the president of the United States was taking a nap in a park—lying neatly face-up on a steep embankment with his feet pointing down—Vincent W. Foster Jr. was not napping. He was dead. Dressed in expensive trousers and a white dress shirt, less than eight miles from the White House, he was lying dead. A single gun-shot wound to the head. Dead. Some of the blood on Foster’s face was still wet, but starting to dry. A trail of blood flowed upwards from his nose to above his ear.[1] The man who found his body said there was no gun, but after he left to notify police, a gun appeared in Foster’s hand.[2]

It was July 20, 1993. President William Jefferson Clinton’s Arkansas childhood friend, and First Lady Hillary Clinton’s Rose Law Firm partner, and White House confidante was dead.

At the pinnacle of his law career, where rumors of a U.S. Supreme Court appointment abounded, Foster, the loving husband and father of three, who worked directly with the most powerful couple in the world, was dead. The tall, handsome, Southern gentleman, would never see his forty-ninth birthday, never laugh, smile, or speak again. The twinkle in his hazel eyes was forever darkened. Vince Foster was dead.

It was an executive assistant in Hillary’s presidential counsel’s office, Linda Tripp, who was officially one of the last people to have seen Foster alive in the White House.

White House reporter: “Considering Mr. Foster’s position and his status [in the Clinton White House], isn’t it reasonable to assume that law enforcement agencies are at least going to make some attempt to determine a motive here? For example, if you don’t do that, you’ll leave open wild possibilities, such as that he may have been being blackmailed or anything like that—just to rule those things out? Don’t you think it’s reasonable that a law enforcement agency will attempt to establish a motive?”

Clinton Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers: “My only point, is that at this point, the Park Service Police is the only agency that’s investigating [Vince Foster’s death], and that the objective of their search is simply to determine that it was a suicide.” [4]

Are we clear? The objective of the investigation into Vince Foster’s death was “simply to determine that it was a suicide [emphasis mine].” The conclusion was predetermined. From the get-go, homicide, foul play, the possibility of blackmail, a potential risk to America’s national security, was never investigated. Facts be damned. Vince Foster committed suicide in Fort Marcy Park. No need for the Clinton White House to cooperate with investigators or the press. They didn’t. Case closed. Move on …

In America there has been a slow, creeping destruction of the freedom of speech and of the rule of law, and soon all Americans will lose free speech completely if they do not fight for it now.

Though the road to silencing legitimate questions from the media and Americans alike may have been a long, deliberate one, crafted by those in power like Hillary and Bill Clinton—used to stay in power, and to thwart the rule of law—it becomes harder to reverse the silencing trend, expose government malfeasance, and hold corruption accountable if people do not stand up and speak now. Like an undiagnosed cancer, silence permits corruption to grow. Not to speak is to speak. You must choose your side.

The word “cover-up” is defined as: “a usually concerted effort to keep an illegal or unethical act or situation from being made public.”[5]

It has often been said in the history of modern political scandals, that the cover-up is much worse than the crime or the incident. I will leave that to you to decide.

The First Amendment to the United States Constitution states: “Congress shall make no law … abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press ….” Despite the fact that Vince Foster’s sudden death was the shocking and questionable passing of the highest ranking U.S. government official since President John Kennedy was assassinated on November 22, 1963, asking obvious questions about it became taboo and politically incorrect.

Even though the Senate Whitewater Committee investigation’s conclusion revealed that there was “a concerted effort by senior White House officials to block career law enforcement investigators from conducting a thorough investigation” into Foster’s death, and recommended “that steps be taken to insure that such misuse of the White House counsel’s office does not recur in this, or any future, administration,” meaningful and honest reporting was still attacked.[6] Journalists or investigators who dared to speak truth to power by asking legitimate and common-sense questions were sidelined, mocked, dismissed as right-wing hacks or scolded by Hillary for inflicting “great emotional and monetary damage on innocent people.”[7]

Americans no longer had a right to know what was happening in their White House, and the lawlessness and secrecy in government has only gotten worse ever since. This is one of the many reasons why the Foster story must be told now. As history is repeating itself in the scandal-ridden Obama-Clinton administration—from Fast and Furious, to Wikileaks and Benghazi-Gate—investigators are being thwarted once again, and Americans are in danger around the world and at home.[8]

Yet despite that, the Obama-Clinton administration was reelected to lead America for a second term. Hillary and Bill Clinton are being re-crafted as moderates, and speculation for a Hillary 2016 presidential run endures whether or not she remains serving as President Obama’s Secretary of State. It’s upside down.

Americans deserve to know what happened in their White House and they have been lied to. Americans deserve to know what is happening in their White House now and always and they are still being lied to with no accountability or consequence in sight.

This must end—now.

As President John F. Kennedy said during a speech in New York entitled, “The President and the Press,” on April 27, 1961, “The very word ‘secrecy’ is repugnant in a free and open society; and we are as a people inherently and historically opposed to secret societies, to secret oaths and to secret proceedings. We decided long ago that the dangers of excessive and unwarranted concealment of pertinent facts far outweighed the dangers which are cited to justify it … Without debate, without criticism, no administration, and no country can succeed, and no republic can survive.”[9]


Like what you’ve read? Get your copy of Following Orders: The Death of Vince Foster, Clinton White House Lawyer here, the sequel to The Whistleblower: How the Clinton White House Stayed in Power.

1. Kenneth W. Starr, Independent Counsel, Report on the Death of Vincent W. Foster, October 10, 1997, p.64.
2. Robert B. Fiske Jr., Special Prosecutor, Fiske Report, June 30, 1994, see CW (Confidential Witness).
3. Jason DeParle, “A Life Undone—A special report; Portrait of a White House Aide Ensnared by His Perfectionism,” New York Times, August 22, 1993.
4. Clinton White House Press Briefing, July 22, 1993.
5. Merriam-Webster Dictionary, (Encyclopedia Britannica Company, 2012).
6. Final Report of Senate Whitewater Investigation, June 13, 1996, p. 22.
7. Hillary Clinton, Living History, (First Schibner, Trade paperback edition, 2004) p. 297.
8. “Fast and Furious” a “Catastrophic Disaster:” Border agents criticize weapons program,” ‘Chairman Darrell Issa, the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, CSPAN,
June 15, 2011. Also see: Stephen Dinan and Chuck Neubauer, “Issa: Obama admin intimidating witnesses in ATF gun probe,” Washington Times, July 26, 2011. Also see: Sharyl Attkisson, “Emails detail unfolding Benghazi attack on September 11,” CBS News, October 23, 2012.
9. John F. Kennedy, The President and the Press: American Newspaper Publishers Association, Waldorf-Astoria Hotel, New York, April 27, 1961, transcript available online here.