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Bill and Hillary Clinton

A Clinton controversy—Bill and Hillary settle a campaign-related lawsuit

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A Clinton controversy—Bill and Hillary settle a campaign-related lawsuit

DS, signed “William J. Clinton" and "Hillary Rodham Clinton,” eight pages, 8.5 x 11, June 4, 2010. A "Confidential Settlement Agreement" in the civil litigation case known as "Peter F. Paul v. William Jefferson Clinton, et al," by which both parties agree to end any claims in the suit. The document states that the defendants continue to deny any liability; cites previous decisions made in the case; waives fees; and provides for confidentiality. Interestingly, Paul agrees not to "seek the testimony of the Clintons or any of their family members." Signed at the conclusion in black felt tip by the Clintons, and countersigned by their attorney Jan B. Norman. An unsigned two-page "Request for Dismissal" form is attached. In fine condition.

Filed in 2004, Paul v. Clinton was a civil suit in which the plaintiff, Peter F. Paul, alleged that he was tricked into paying for the Gala Hollywood Farewell Salute to President Clinton during Hillary Clinton's first Senate race in 2000. In exchange, Paul either expected to be pardoned for past crimes, or have President Clinton join the board of his company, Stan Lee Media. Neither of these promises was fulfilled, prompting Paul to file a cascade of lawsuits against the Clintons, his own lawyers, and the Federal Elections Committee. Criminal charges against the Clintons were all dismissed, and Paul was ordered to pay Hillary's legal fees in 2007; under the terms set forth in this settlement, the Clintons waive their right to collect these fees. Ultimately, an audit by the FEC found that the cost of the party had been underreported, and asked the Clinton campaign to pay a $35,000 fine. A rare and unusual document from a controversial saga in the Clinton legacy.

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: August
  • Dates: #527 - Ended May 09, 2018

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