n January 6, a ghost from Hillary Clinton’s past stirred: “I was 35 years old when Bill Clinton, Ark. It is also the one about which the Clintons have said the least.Attorney General raped me and Hillary tried to silence me,” Juanita Broaddrick tweeted from her home in Van Buren, Ark. The entire record of the Clintons’ response to Broaddrick’s allegations amounts to one line, from President Clinton’s lawyer David Kendall in 1999: “Any allegation that the president assaulted Juanita Broaddrick more than 20 years ago is absolutely false.” ’s Lisa Myers, which aired on February 24, 1999, Broaddrick laid out her accusation in full for the first time.In 2003, in an interview with Fox News’s Sean Hannity, Broaddrick repeated the story, adding: “I could have passed out at that moment. Additionally, there is documentation of Broaddrick’s presence at the Camelot Hotel in April 1978 — for a nursing-home conference, as she claims. Yoakum penned a letter, encouraging Broaddrick to go public with her charge. RELATED: Hillary, Not Trump, Forced Us to Revisit Bill Clinton’s Scandals Yoakum claimed to have secretly recorded a conversation with Broaddrick in which she outlined her allegation.Moreover, she took no money to make her accusation, unlike Flowers, who netted 0,000 from broadcasting her allegations in and other publications. The letter was widely circulated among Republicans, who hoped to use it to puncture Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential hopes. He never revealed any such recording, but in her conversation with the Lamberts, Broaddrick mentions in passing: “I thought maybe ya’ll had gotten the recording and that’s the reason you came.” In other words, she worried that they had learned about the allegations she made in that conversation, which, as noted above, she makes clear she does not want to discuss.(Rogers and Darden stand by their stories but have pointed out that they have an apparent conflict of interest: As governor, Clinton commuted the life sentence of the man who murdered their father.) Two small details lend particular credence to Broaddrick’s story. In 1998, after previously denying any such rumors, actress Elizabeth Gracen admitted to having a one-night stand with Bill Clinton in 1982.She claimed that, during rough sexual intercourse, Clinton bit her lip.Shortly after, when she visited the state capital in late April for a nursing-home conference, she called him.
Broaddrick told Myers that the request made her “a little bit uneasy,” but that she didn’t think she was in any danger. After the assault, “He walks to the door, and calmly puts on his sunglasses,” Broaddrick said.
By contrast, Juanita Broaddrick’s claim was supported by not one but witnesses and a host of circumstantial (though no physical) evidence.
Broaddrick’s colleague Norma Rogers, who was attending the conference in Little Rock with her, says she found Broaddrick in her hotel room crying and “in a state of shock” on the morning of the alleged assault, her pantyhose torn and her lip swollen.
Many have retreated to arguing that Clinton probably did have sex with Broaddrick, but it was consensual. Skeptics cite Broaddrick’s 1998 affidavit as a decisive inconsistency.
Broaddrick, for her part, has never retreated from her claim. (Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal points to it in his memoir ) But, in fact, it appears to be little more than an explicable anomaly.