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No Surprise: Dick Morris Retracts His Oklahoma City “Revelation”

Reported by Ellen - April 22, 2010 -

A few nights ago, I posted about Dick Morris’ dubious “revelation” that then-President Bill Clinton reappointed Janet Reno as Attorney General in his second term because she had threatened to “tell the truth about Waco.” Not even Hannity seemed persuaded. I certainly had my doubts, too, that 16 years later, Morris suddenly decided to drop a bombshell like this, especially one that contradicted what he had previously written in one of his own books. Well, it turns out I was right.

On Hannity, Morris had been unequivocal in stating that Clinton “was so ashamed about what he did in Waco that he was not gonna appoint Janet Reno to a second four-year term, and she told him, in a meeting, right before the inauguration day for his new term, that, ‘if you don’t appoint me, I’m gonna tell the truth about Waco.’ And that forced Clinton’s hand in re-appointing her.”

But as fellow skeptics Media Matters reported, Morris admitted on yesterday’s Fox & Friends that he really had no idea why Reno had been reappointed. This time, Morris claimed that Clinton told him, "’Well, I told -- I told her that nobody's ever served for eight years as attorney general in an administration, or few people have, and I don't think you should, and I think we should change.' And she said 'Well, I'd like you to reappoint me for at least one more year, because if not, people will think that you're blaming me for what went on in Waco.' Now, that's the quote that Clinton gave me.

"I believe based on that quote that the reason he reappointed her was that he was not anxious to have his own role in that Waco controversy spelled out… I inferred based on Clinton's conversation with me that there was more to that story (about Waco), and that there was more of a role that Clinton was playing. He didn't actually say that.”

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