February 9, 2000

Do you believe in coincidences? If so, then what I'm about to tell you are just a remarkable set of coincidences. But I'm beginning to see a pattern.

The Wall Street Journal reported about a week ago that after former Arkansas Governor Jim Guy Tucker was convicted in the Whitewater scandal, he was hired by James Riady. Riady is the head of the Indonesian Lippo Group and long-time friend of Bill Clinton. He is also the individual fingered for providing illegal campaign contributions and apparently had easy access to the White House and even classified documents. The Justice Department has been investigating James Riady for some time. The latest news reports state that Riady's lawyers are trying to work out a plea bargain with the Justice Department.

Well, this same James Riady hired the former governor even before the sentence came down. And it now also appears that Riady and a former Hillary Clinton law partner also stepped in and arranged a very lucrative deal for Tucker's wife, Betty. The deal meant a minimum of $325,000 per year for the Tuckers!

But I guess we should just assume that the timing of all of this is just coincidence. Just like the coincidence surrounding former Assistant Attorney General Webb Hubbell. When Hubbell was under investigation by the independent counsel, Riady and the law partner hired him and paid him $100,000. When this was later revealed, Riady and Hubbell claimed that it was just a favor for a friend. And I guess all of that was just a coincidence, especially since Riady disclosed that he barely knew Hubbell!

By the way, the payment was arranged by John Huang, a long-time Riady employee and Democratic fund raiser who plead guilty to collecting more than $1.6 million in illegal foreign campaign contributions to the 1996 Clinton-Gore campaign.

Well, I guess it's all a coincidence. And then maybe not.

I'm Kerby Anderson of Probe Ministries, and that's my opinion.