White House Contradicted on Clinton Cocaine Use

Scott Hogenson | July 7, 2008 | 8:24pm EDT
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1st add: Includes Flowers remarks on Hillary Clinton, background information.

(CNSNews.com) - Gennifer Flowers, the woman with whom President Bill Clinton admitted having an affair in Arkansas, is disputing White House claims that Clinton has never used cocaine.

"I know that Bill was using cocaine," said Flowers Wednesday in an interview on the Rush Limbaugh radio program.

"He talked to me about that. I do know that Hillary Clinton knew, at a point, that Bill was doing cocaine. She demanded that he stop. I asked him what he was going to do and he said 'I'm gonna stop," said Flowers, who dated that particular incident to "around 1984, 1985."

Clinton served as governor of Arkansas between 1978 and 1980, and again between 1982 and 1992.

Talk of whether Clinton ever used cocaine came to the fore this week following media interviews of Texas Governor George W. Bush this month and questions about whether he had ever used the drug. Bush has said that he did not use cocaine dating back to the 1980's, but he has refused to flatly deny every using the illegal drug. No one has claimed that Bush ever used cocaine

The White House has claimed that Clinton has not used cocaine, and spokesman James Kennedy said in a statement earlier this week that "the president has never done cocaine."

"I am not surprised at any lie that Bill Clinton tells at this point," said Flowers of the White House denial of cocaine use by the president. She suggested that people should "question his definition of 'using' cocaine, as he has an odd definition of 'having sex,'" said Flowers, who first met Clinton in the late 1970s during his tenure as Arkansas attorney general.

Flowers admitted that she had never witnessed Clinton use cocaine, but said the president had discussed his drug use with her on a number of occasions.

Flowers also said that questions about cocaine use by the president should be posed to Hillary Clinton, who's considering a run for the US Senate from New York.

"Hillary now is pursuing a political position and I think that she has a responsibility to be honest with the American public about any knowledge that she has about Bill's drug use," said Flowers, a former television reporter.

"If she denies knowledge of Bill doing cocaine, then I would suggest that further investigation is necessary because she's not being truthful if she says that," said Flowers, who described the president as a "social user" of cocaine while Clinton was governor.

Flowers has said that she engaged in an extra-marital affair with Clinton 12 years, which Clinton denied when he first sought the presidency in 1992. Clinton later acknowledged the affair with Flowers in a deposition taken as part of Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr's investigation of the president, though Clinton did not specify the time frame of the liaison.

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