Homemaker Continues Her Quest for Truth, Despite IRS Action
July 7, 2008 - 8:26 PM
(CNSNews.com) - Both Al Gore and Hillary Clinton must believe Juanita Broaddrick's claims that she was raped by Bill Clinton, said Katherine Prudhomme, the now famous New Hampshire homemaker, who refused to let Gore ignore her questions about Clinton's alleged 1978 assault of Broaddrick.
"They have to, otherwise they'd answer the questions," Prudhomme said. "Mrs. Clinton did when she was able to go on about Monica Lewinsky and her husband. So why can't she answer this? And Mr. Gore wouldn't run away from the questions if he believed the president didn't [rape Broaddrick]."
Both the First Lady and Democratic presidential candidate are trying to avoid the questions because of political and personal reasons, Prudhomme said, because they fear public exposure of "the truth" - that Broaddrick was actually raped - and that their previous supportive statements of Clinton would be cast as hypocrisy and create outrage.
Broaddrick's critics claim she is not credible because she waited 20 years to make the accusations against Clinton.
Prudhomme personally raised the issue of Broaddrick and the rape charges against Clinton during a question and answer session with Gore at a political rally in New Hampshire. Gore replied then that he had not seen the television newscasts highlighting the woman's claims, and asked which network had broadcast them.
"I got the feeling Al Gore was lying in my face when he said at the rally he didn't see that video," Prudhomme said. "He must think the people [in New Hampshire] are stupid. I've got some state pride, too ... and when I feel like people are manipulating me, I don't like it."
Prudhomme's tenacity in pursuing the issue, however, may have contributed to her current plight. She suspects the letter she recently received from the Internal Revenue Service is directly tied to her questioning of Gore. The IRS wants proof of Prudhomme's payments for childcare services in 1998, a form she claims she already filed, and a request she views as "suspicious" because of its timing - mailed during the same time she made public her desire to question the First Lady on the Broaddrick affair.
Prudhomme wanted to involve the First Lady because "she always says she talks to her husband all the time, so I wanted to find out" what she knew.
"I don't know if this [IRS action] is motivated by the political rally. It's suspicious," she continued. "I think I'll be able to take care of it, but it's not a very common request. One lady at the school even asked me, why do they need this? I know the forms went through fine in 1998."
"On the surface, no, it's not a big deal," she continued, "because I know I can get the forms. But, is this the price people pay for free speech? This is America, we should be able to ask [these questions]."
Prudhomme said the legal foundation Judicial Watch has filed a Freedom of Information Act request on her behalf, seeking any documents from the IRS, Secret Service, FBI, as well as from the offices of Gore and President Clinton, that might shed light on the reasons for the tax inquiry.
"We'll never know the truth," just like when Broaddrick was audited, Prudhomme admitted. "But my motivators are Martin Luther King and Henry David Thoreau. I'm sorry if it involves the president ... but I thought I was being a good New Hampshire [resident]. I thought I was doing what I was supposed to do, and I can't just turn over and play dead."