Senator John McCain (R., Arizona) is reportedly being influenced by the possibility of an erupting scandal connected to him. Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt, Skolnick believes, has evidence showing that McCain, after returning from a harsh P.O.W. experience in Vietnam, raped a female soldier.
Although McCain was recovering from his traumatic P.O.W. experience and was therefore, arguably, not in full possession of his best senses, such evidence of rape, were it to surface, would greatly damage McCain's career in politics.
Furthermore, according to Skolnick's sources, McCain's father, then an Admiral, paid for a subsequent abortion provided to McCain's alleged rape victim.
Israel blackmailed President Clinton with phone-tapped tapes of his steamy sex talks with Monica Lewinsky, a blockbuster new book charges.
The price Clinton paid for the silence of the for a top-level Israeli mole allegedly installed at the White House. The allegation appears in "Gideon's Spies - The Secret History of the Mossad," written by respected author Gordon Thomas.
Asked for comment, former White House spokesman P.J. Crowley replied, "The only thing I can possibly say is we'll skip the book and wait for the movie"
Israel has denied conducting spying operations in the United States. But hints about the Mossad connection to Sexgate surfaced in evidence given to independent counsel Kenneth Starr.
Lewinsky testified under oath that after a session of heavy petting and oral sex in the White House, Clinton told her that a foreign embassy was tapping the two phone lines in her D.C. apartment.
She said Clinton advised her that if she was questioned about their phone-sex sessions she should claim that they knew their calls were being bugged - and were joking to make the phone-tappers look silly.
Starr did not pursue the matter, as far as the public record shows, and Lewinsky apparently accepted Clinton's story without asking for details.
But author Thomas says Danny Yatom, Mossad inspector general, succeeded in tapping Lewinsky's phone and amassed some 30 hours of sexually explicit conversations between the president and Lewinsky.
Thomas says Tel Aviv used the tapes to stop the probe of an operative code-named "MEGA," who was deep within the White House.
"So far as anyone knows, the Israeli agent MEGA - a much more important spy than the imprisoned CIA agent Jonathan Pollard, and probably his controller - is still in place at the White House," Thomas said.
"There was a flurry of high-profile counterintelligence activity which lasted as long as the bioleverage" - that is, blackmail - "took to work."
His book claims the decision to use the Lewinsky tapes reaches high levels in Israel.
Israel's Committee for Central Intelligence, meeting in emergency session, decided to play dirty by exploiting Monica's steamy chats as a way of protecting their White House "asset," Thomas said.
"FBI counterintelligence, which had also been taping Monica's calls, got the message and decided to go back off," the Welsh-born author claims.
Verifying Thomas' account is difficult because spy agencies almost never comment on their activities or anything anyone writes about them.
It's been reported that the Justice Department and FBI launched an investigation for a suspected mole, code-named "MEGA," based on undisclosed evidence that an Israeli spy had penetrated the White House.
Israel heatedly denied a mole existed, saying it had ended such spying with the arrest of Pollard more than a decade ago.
Officials in Jerusalem said MEGA was the code name for a U.S.-Israeli intelligence sharing arrangement to fight terrorism.
In any event, nothing has been heard of the U.S. pursuit of MEGA in recent years.
The alleged Mossad connection adds a new dimension to the history of Washington's Sexgate - and could even support Hillary Clinton's charge that a "vast, right-wing conspiracy" was out to destroy her husband's presidency.
Asked about that, Thomas replied: "That's not for me to say.
"I can only report the facts as I found them. What you make of the facts is up to you. What Monica makes of them is up to her."
FLASHBACK TO 1999
REPORTED BLACKMAILS MAY LEAD TO COLD FEET =========================================
(01/25/99) -- Republican senators pushing the impeachment trial of Bill Clinton may be getting "cold feet," according to Sherman H. Skolnick, chairman of the public interest research group, Citizens' Committee To Clean Up The Courts (CCCUC).
In an alarming development, several Republican senators are secretly being blackmailed to back down from a vigorous pursuit of justice in the impeachment trial, according to Skolnick.
Several sources have contacted the Chicago-based head of CCCUC. Based on their information, Skolnick reports that....
Senator Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) reportedly is under investigation in connection with the developing International Olympic Committee (IOC) scandal. The IOC scandal recently erupted in Salt Lake City, Utah, and is burgeoning out from that locale. Hatch, himself from Utah, has reportedly been under investigation by the IRS Criminal Investigation Division (CID) in relation to the Olympic scandal. According to Skolnick, "The IRS Criminal Investigation Division has uncovered details tending to show involvement by Hatch with bribery in the IOC scandal in Salt Lake City, Utah." The IRS's CID has reportedly made a referral to the U.S. Justice Department in which they are recommending further investigation and/or prosecution by the Justice Department of Senator Hatch. Based on reports from his sources, Skolnick believes that Hatch and/or his staff have recently been made aware of this new problem facing the senator.
Senator Robert Byrd (D., West Virginia) may also be under the secret influence of potential blackmail. Michael Riconosciuto, interviewed extensively by Skolnick in the past, at that time contended that Byrd's chief-of-staff and someone else connected to Byrd's office were in some way involved in the death of Danny Casolaro. Casolaro, a journalist and author, died under suspicious circumstances in Martinsburg, West Virginia, in 1991. Casolaro had been investigating what he called, "The Octopus": a vast, secret network involving banks, computer espionage, spy agencies and major political figures.
As previously reported by this news service, Skolnick charges that First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton has caused faxes and memos to be sent to some members of Congress, letting them know that the Clinton team is aware of unflattering financial details to which some in Congress are connected.
Intriguing and tantalizing connections exist between the Clinton White House, private investigator Terry Lenzner, and Hustler publisher Larry Flynt. ["Dots Connected Between Clinton, Flynt," CNNS, 1/22/99.]
But if the U.S. Senate does, due to potential blackmail or other reasons, send the Clinton impeachment trial to a "burying ground," the damage already inflicted on the Clinton presidency is irreparable. A weakened president is apparently not palatable to many members of Clinton's own party, the Democrats. For that reason, contrary to perception, some Democrats may be secretly working to undermine the Clinton presidency and force him from office. Research and paperwork in the Paula Jones case may have been secretly handled by a tight-knit group of high-power attorneys in Philadelphia, The Federalist Society. Belonging to the Federalist Society are Ken Starr and Robert Bork, Republicans. But many Democrats also belong to that elite lawyer clique.