The Washington Post: How Hillary Clinton Helped Create What She Later Called the ‘Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy’

First lady Hillary Rodham Clinton addresses a crowd at Oregon State University during a campaign rally in Corvallis, Ore., Sunday, Nov. 3, 1996. Clinton made one stop in Oregon before heading off to Wisconsin.(AP Photo/Don Ryan)

As Karen Tumulty reports in the Washington Post:

The epic battles between the Clintons and their tormentors on the right have shaped American politics for nearly a quarter-century.

But there was a moment early on when the toxic course of that history might have been changed, had it not been for Hillary Clinton’s impulses toward secrecy.

It came one weekend near the end of Bill Clinton’s first year as president, and it pitted the first lady against her husband’s advisers.

“If a genie offered me the chance to turn back time and undo a single decision from my White House tenure, I’d head straight to the Oval Office dining room on Saturday morning, December 11, 1993,” ABC News anchor George Stephanopoulos, then a top aide to the president, wrote in his memoir “All Too Human.”

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