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CNP tied to Paula Jones

By Skipp Porteous

In 1994, the secretive Council for National Policy (CNP) launched an effort to expose "the evil which infests the Clinton administration" by exposing the President's alleged illegal and immoral activities.

CNP Action Inc, the Council for National Policy's political arm, sent copies of the video, "The Clinton Chronicles," to its members. The video allegedly documents Bill Clinton's sexual encounters with numerous women. An enclosed memorandum said: "Enclosed is a copy of the newly revised and updated 'Clinton Chronicles.' This videotape documents the many illegal and immoral activities of Bill Clinton as both Governor and President. After viewing this tape, pass it on to a friend, relative, business associat e, public official, or member of the media. As many Americans as possible should become informed about the evil which infests the Clinton Administration. Bill Clinton must be held accountable for his actions."

The private September 12, 1994 memorandum, obtained by the Freedom Writer, also instructed CNP members to "contact Senators and Congressmen with whom you have influence."

The Council for National Policy holds several clandestine meetings a year for its 500-plus influential members. Comprised of religious, political, and business leaders, the group is a virtual who's who of the right wing.

Now, one of the secretive group's members is representing Paula Jones in her sexual harassment suit against President Clinton. Attorney John Wayne Whitehead, president of the Rutherford Institute, is listed on the Council for National Policy's 1995 and 19 96 membership lists the latest lists available.

Whitehead and The Rutherford Institute took the Paula Jones case after her original attorneys withdrew. Attorney Donovan Campbell, Jr., a long-time Rutherford Institute associate from Dallas, is handling the Jones case for Rutherford.

Notably, this is the first sexual harassment case ever taken by The Rutherford Institute. In the past, the organization was known for accepting cases in opposition to abortion and homosexuality.

It appears as if CNP-member Whitehead saw the Paula Jones case as an opportunity to go after the President. However, according to The New York Times, "Mr. Whitehead insists that he did not seek the case to harass the President and that he has no po litical agenda. 'Oh, gosh, no,' he said. 'I never saw this in terms of a political agenda.'"

Whitehead's retort seems disingenuous for someone who belongs to a group intent on destroying the presidency of Bill Clinton. Although Whitehead claims he had no political agenda in taking the case, in 1993 he opposed President Clinton's "vow to allow pra cticing homosexuals to serve in our armed forces." In a 1993 fundraising letter he wrote, "The homosexual lobby is growing much bolder, and for the first time in history, we have a president who publicly supports the homosexual agenda" [emphasis in origin al].

The Freedom Writer attempted to interview Whitehead for this article. As of press time, he hadn't returned our call.

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