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Kathleen Willey on “60 Minutes” in 1998
In a new book alleging a campaign of slander and intimidation orchestrated chiefly by Hillary Clinton, Kathleen Willey points a finger of suspicion at the former first couple for the death of her husband, who was believed to have killed himself.
Willey, who claims she was groped by President Clinton in the White House, acknowledged in an interview with WND today that she stands by the speculation she poses about her husband’s demise in “Target: Caught in the Crosshairs of Bill and Hillary Clinton,” set for release this week by World Ahead Publishing, WND Books’ partner.
Asked if she suspects her husband Ed, a lawyer and son of a prominent Virginia lawmaker, was murdered, Willey replied, “Most definitely.”
“I’m having someone with a forensics background look at this, and I intend to pursue this further, now that these questions have been raised,” she told WND, pointing to alleged discrepancies in the autopsy report.
Does she believe the Clintons were involved?
“I do have suspicions,” Willey said, “yes.”
It was Ed Willey’s dire financial straits that prompted Kathleen, then a White House volunteer, to seek a meeting with President Clinton in the Oval Office to plead for a paying job and any other help the commander-in-chief could give.
But Willey alleges the Nov. 29, 1993, meeting ended abruptly when the president cornered her in a private passageway and sexually assaulted her.
At the time of that meeting, Clinton and Willey were unaware that Ed Willey was lying dead of a gunshot wound to his mouth in the woods near his car, parked on a hunting path in rural King and Queen County, Virginia.
Kathleen Willey became known in the summer of 1997 after lawyers for Clinton accuser Paula Jones gave her name to a national magazine reporter. She was scheduled to become one of only three witnesses in the Clinton impeachment trial until some members of the House and Senate refused to allow her to testify.
In the book, Willey recounts numerous incidents she believes were designed to terrorize her into silence, with the latest taking place in September, just as the book was in its final stages.
As WND reported, Willey said she was the target of an unusual house burglary over the Labor Day weekend for which she blames the Clintons. While asleep upstairs in her Virginia home, she said, a copy of a manuscript for “Target” was stolen.
Willey told WND the break-in at her house reminded her of the widely reported incident 10 years ago in which she claimed she was threatened near her present Richmond-area home by a “jogger” just two days before she was to testify against President Clinton in the Jones case.
She contends elements of the autopsy report of her husband’s death are inconsistent with suicide, pointing to similarities to the death of White House aide Vince Foster, also believed to have killed himself.
“I’ve seen too much evidence regarding other people who have been involved with the Clintons,” she told WND.
Facing a deadline to repay hundreds of thousands of dollars he owed to “bad people” who threatened him, Ed Willey had an apparent motive for suicide, and five notes to loved ones were discovered by his secretary.
But Kathleen Willey writes “she could never understand how he could leave us,” noting that while the letters are in his writing, “I also know that anyone would write anything at gunpoint.”
What motive could anyone have to murder him?
Willey writes that after her husband’s death, her friend Carole in Colorado told her something she had not known. Ed had confided to Carole’s husband that he had taken a briefcase full of cash to Little Rock, Ark., during the presidential campaign.
Willey said she was shocked but acknowledged her husband could have done it. Later she found a reference on a blog that explored illegal fundraising activities by the Clintons and noted Ed Willey was known for “handling large briefcases full of cash” as part of the 1992 presidential campaign.
She speculates: “I have no idea how anyone other than the Clintons would know that Ed might have carried cash in briefcases. So why would he be killed? Because he was carrying illegal money? That’s probably not enough reason. But what if, in his desperation, Ed had ‘illegally borrowed’ from the campaign?”
Willey said she requested a copy of the autopsy report and spoke to a medical examiner who told her the powder burns on her husband’s right hand were consistent with suicide.
“When I asked if the burns were indicative of a left-handed person committing suicide, [the examiner] said no. The room started to spin, and I went into the bathroom and threw up. By the time she sent me the full report, though, she’d reconsidered, saying it could be consistent with a left-handed person. She suggested that he held the gun with both hands but pulled the trigger with his right. That’s exactly how Vince Foster is said to have killed himself.”
Willey writes the report raised other questions, including the existence of blood spatter on the back of his left hand rather than his palm; the positions in which his hands were found; livor mortis discovered on the back of his body even though it should be on the front because he was found lying face down; and the fact that the bullet was not recovered.
Willey says she also doesn’t know why he would have gone to King and Queen County, which she had never heard of, and where he would have obtained a .38 Special.
In the book, Willey says she goes back and forth in her mind on what happened to her husband, and “as I do, the possibility lingers, logical or not, that Ed was murdered.”