The man whom President Bill Clinton accused of threatening him not to run for president says that Clinton’s story is an outright lie.
“In 1992, I received a call. In ’91, before I started running for president. From the Bush White House, from a man I knew. And he said, ‘We’ve looked at the field, you’re the only one who can win. The press has to have someone every election, we’re going to give them you.’ You better not run.”
Bill Clinton said that’s why the Whitewater scandal, which “no one thought was an issue,” became a major media story in the 1990’s.
But the Bush White House staffer bearing the brunt of this accusation flatly denies it.
“There is no shred of truth to it whatsoever. I never made any such call,” Roger B. Porter told the Washington Post. Porter was a domestic policy adviser to the first Bush White House and now teaches at Harvard.
“I don’t use language like he uses in the book,” Porter added.. “His association with the truth is often a really tenuous one, but he’s got a lot of good qualities, too.”
Bill Clinton fingered Porter as the man behind the phone call in his 2004 autobiography “My Life.”
Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward agreed that Clinton is lying.
“There is nothing to it,” Woodward said.