Judge Rules Clinton Violated Willey's Privacy

July 7, 2008 - 8:25 PM

(CNSNews.com) - A federal judge in Washington Wednesday ruled that President Clinton and several top aides violated the privacy rights of Kathleen Willey by releasing private letters she had sent to Clinton.

Willey accused Clinton of groping her during one of her visits to the Oval Office in 1993, while she was working at the White House as a volunteer.

Federal Judge Royce Lamberth said in his ruling that the evidence in the case "established that the president had the requisite intent for committing a criminal violation of the Privacy Act" when he authorized the release of Willey's letters as a criminal investigation swirled around him - the same investigation of his relationship with former White House intern Monica Lewinsky that led to Clinton's impeachment and eventual acquittal in Congress.

The White House released letters from Willey to Clinton where she was complimentary of his presidency and asked him for a full-time job. Because she was not given a job, the White House claimed that Willey fabricated the charges of being kissed and groped by Clinton as retribution.

Lamberth ordered White House lawyers to answer questions about Willey they had previously refused to answer in a lawsuit brought by the conservative legal group, Judicial Watch.

Judicial Watch Chairman Larry Klayman said the judge's ruling indicates that "Filegate" occurred.

"This is part of a pattern of similar conduct with regard to FBI files, Linda Tripp's Pentagon file and other violations of privacy by Mr. Clinton, the Clinton-Gore White House and their collaborators. Previously, the court ruled that Linda Tripp's Privacy Act rights were violated as well. This constitutes evidence that Filegate occurred," Klayman said in a statement.