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The Council for National Policy and Impeachment Strategy

By Fred Clarkson

The Council for National Policy (CNP) played a key networking role in promoting anti-Clinton activism and developing impeachment strategies. In September 1994, the group mailed copies of The Clinton Chronicles video to all 500 or so of its members with a cover letter urging them to "pass it on to a friend, relative, business associate, public official or member of the media, [because] as many Americans as possible should become informed about the evil which infests the Clinton Administration.

The CNP, which meets quarterly behind closed doors, is so secretive that the groups Washington office will neither confirm nor deny where, or even if, the group meets. As CNP founding father Weyrich once put it: "We are no longer working to preserve the status quo. We are radicals, working to overturn the present power structure in this country."

CNP members include Sens. Jesse Helms (R-N.C.), Lauch Faircloth (R-N.C.), Don Nickles (R-Okla.) and Trent Lott (R-Miss.), Reps. Dick Armey (R-Texas), Dan Burton (R-Ind.) and Dannemeyer, former Attorney General Edwin Meese, Falwell, Pat Robertson, Oliver North, right-wing political strategist Paul Weyrich, and John Whitehead of the Rutherford Institute, which represents Paula Jones.

In the 80s, the CNP helped coordinate conservative movement support for the contras in Nicaragua in cooperation with then National Security Council aide Oliver North. In the 90s, Clinton has become the focus of this sector of the conspiracist right.

The Citizens For Honest Governments "impeachment organizers kit" explains that the impeachment resolution introduced by Rep. Bob Barr (R-Ga.) was conceived at "an impeachment panel discussion" during a CNP "Montreal meeting in June [1997] and a follow-up discussion in South Carolina." The resolution itself was introduced in November. While many strands of the anti-Clinton network lead back to the CNP, this disclosure is the first documentation that the CNP has played a central, behind-the-scenes role.

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