Skip to comments.Coast Backer of Mrs. Clinton May Be Moving Closer to Plea [Peter Paul]
Posted on 12/13/2004 4:55:20 AM PST by OXENinFLA
A California businessman who says he spent nearly $2 million on an event that helped finance Senator Clinton's 2000 campaign abruptly changed his legal strategy and may be moving closer to a plea bargain on securities-fraud charges he is facing.
Peter Paul, 56, recently dumped a lawyer provided by a litigious conservative watchdog group, Judicial Watch, and hired a former prosecutor as his defense attorney. At a hearing today in federal court at Long Island, Paul's new counsel is expected to renew the former executive's request to be released on bail.
At a hearing in August, Judge Leonard Wexler expressed exasperation with the legal tactics employed by Mr. Sticht and Judicial Watch.
"Let me ask you one question: Who is paying you?" Judge Wexler said. "You keep flying in. You keep making all this paperwork."
When Mr. Sticht confirmed that he was being paid by Judicial Watch, the judge replied: "I don't know anything about this organization, good or bad. I know they sue everybody, Republicans, conservatives, Democrats. ... I don't have enough information."
In interviews last week, spokesmen for Judicial Watch denied that Paul is abandoning his civil suit against the Clintons.
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Can't say I blame him. Judicial Watch has an agenda, and what he needs is a lawyer who will put the needs of his client first.
Hillary will skate, but that should surprise no one.
That he'll actually survive his prison term by leaving the clintons out of his mess?
Unlike this old guy who somehow didnt get medication and...
Read "King of Cons". This guy is really something. I mean a crook, liar, thief. But then who else would be connected to the Clintons.
He also sounds like the bag man to the mafia.
Darn, I was so hoping this would go to trial in the midst of her Senatorial Campaign but must agree Hillary will probably skate. Only consolation is the small fortune she will have to spend on legal fees.
If he has something on them, they'll look to plug up the leak.
08/24/04 A HOLLYWOOD fundraiser who organised events featuring such celebrities as former US president Bill Clinton was today jailed for more than five years for fraud. Aaron Tonken, 38, was sentenced to 63 months behind bars after admitting fraudulently diverting hundreds of thousands of dollars destined for charity galas and using the cash to pay off his own credit card bills. < snip >During his time as a top fundraiser, Tonken helped arrange events for Mr Clinton and his wife, Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton in August 2000. Tonken struck a secret plea deal with prosecutors that resulted in today's sentencing by US District Judge Dale Fischer in Los Angeles.
04/19/04 - The Federal Election Commission has opened a formal probe into a star-studded Aug. 12, 2000 Hollywood fundraiser for then-first lady Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign, Fox News Channel reported on Sunday. And some say the development is at least partly responsible for Sen. Clinton's claim that she's not interested in joining John Kerry's presidential ticket.
The allegations themselves are not new: Two of the event's organizers, Hollywood producer Peter Paul and charity fundraiser Aaron Tonken, have detailed a series of transactions undertaken in conjunction with Hillary's campaign that could violate FEC regulations, with Paul charging that the campaign failed to report nearly $2 million he spent producing the event.
But months before Paul was returned to the U.S. to stand trial in the stock case, Hollywood fundraiser Aaron Tonken began cooperating with federal probers. Tonken has said that he's a star witness against the Clintons in a federal grand jury probe in New York into Mr. Clinton's Marc Rich pardon - and has been cooperating with the U.S. attorney in Los Angeles who's probing his fundraising activities.
New York Sen. Hillary Clinton surely hopes that history isn't repeating itself with the raid conducted by the FBI last month on another warehouse; this one chock full of documents from her 2000 Senatorial campaign.
"The documents were seized in a May 30 raid of a California storage facility containing documents of Peter Paul, the entrepreneur who funded Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign with over $2 million dollars in direct, in-kind contributions which were never reported by Hillary Clinton or her Senate campaign, as required by law," revealed the public interest law firm Judicial Watch in a press release late last week.
The Bush administration has quietly done an about-face on allegations that New York Sen. Hillary Clinton broke campaign finance laws in 2000 - with the Justice Department preparing to extradite one-time Clinton fund-raiser Peter Paul to the U.S. as part of a plea deal for his testimony. The sudden action on Paul's case comes just weeks after reports surfaced that former Hollywood fund-raiser Aaron Tonken has supplied damaging testimony about Hillary Clinton's fund-raising practices.
"I'm a star witness against President and Mrs. Clinton," Tonken claimed in a recent report on his case in Vanity Fair magazine, explaining that prosecutors wanted his testimony about" "fundraising activities that I've done on behalf of the Clintons." The exact nature of Tonken's allegations against Sen. Clinton remains secret, the magazine said. But the celebrity moneyman is known to have been involved in the August 2000 fund raiser that is at the heart of Peter Paul's allegations.
Peter F. Paul, the flamboyant Hollywood entrepreneur who says Hillary Rodham Clinton has hidden almost $2 million of in-kind contributions he made to her campaign in 2000, is back from Brazil and promising to raise a ruckus about the New York senator as he fights bizarre securities and bank-fraud charges on which he's been indicted. Aaron Tonken, a political operative in Hollywood and a former protégé of Paul under indictment for a variety of alleged sharp deals with the rich and famous, also is promising to tell everything he knows about behind-the-scenes shenanigans of Clinton and many others.
Mr. Paul has substantial, documentary evidence detailing his close relationship with the Clintons and his funding of the Hollywood tribute, including cancelled checks, hand-written thank you notes from the Clintons, and photographs. Also named in the complaint is Clinton fundraiser David Rosen, Clinton friend James Levin, and Hollywood celebrity fundraiser Aaron Tonken, who currently is under criminal investigation for his role in other Hollywood fundraisers. As a result of Mr. Pauls disclosures, federal authorities have launched an investigation into the Clintons and other matters. Mr. Paul, who is facing alleged (and related) stock and bank fraud charges, remains eager to cooperate with federal authorities.
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