A close advisor to Bill Clinton during his White House tenure
dropped a bombshell this week on the seventeenth anniversary
of the Waco siege.
Dick Morris, a longtime friend of Clinton and political advisor
during his first term in office, told Sean Hannity that the
President was not going to appoint Attorney General Janet Reno
to a second term in office following the federal barrage on
the Branch Davidian ranch at Mount Carmel.
"Bill Clinton orchestrated that takeover and in fact was
so ashamed of what he did in Waco that he was not going to appoint
Janet Reno to a second four year term" Morris stated.
"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
reappointing her." Morris continued.
Rather taken aback Hannity responded "I don't remember
you telling this story before."
"No, it's never been said before." Morris answered.
The comments stemmed from a discussion regarding Clinton's
recent remarks that the Tea Party could "breed
a new Timothy McVeigh", with Morris explaining that McVeigh
had stated that the BATF's armed assault in 1993 had contributed
to his violent mindset.
"I think that President Clinton might want to examine
his own connection with the Oklahoma City bombing in terms of
Waco, before he starts accusing people in walkers and wheelchairs
who are trying to keep their medicare of being provocateurs"
Before moving on Hannity said "Wait a minute, so what
was the truth about Waco that Reno threatened to use against
"I have no idea," replied Morris, "but I know
that he told me, Clinton told me that 'I couldn't not appoint
Reno because she would have turned on me over Waco'."
Morris went on to become campaign manager of Bill Clinton's
successful 1996 bid for re-election.
The "truth" that Reno threatened to reveal, later
came to light - the BATF fired the first shots at Waco and orders
were given to use a prohibited chemical weapon in the form of
CS gas grenades against the men, women, and children at Mount
Carmel. This information was highlighted in the PBS Frontline
documentary investigation Waco:
The Inside Story, which reference FBI audiotapes
While the cover story read that David Koresh burned his own
family and followers to death in a mass suicide pact, the FBI
later admitted firing the "potentially flammable devices"
into the Davidian compound.
Morris' revelation indicates that Clinton oversaw a cover
up of the Waco siege and that Reno felt far enough removed from
it to use it as an effective tool of political blackmail.