Jewish World Review March 13, 2000 /6 Adar 2, 5760
http://www.jewishworldreview.com -- IN ONE OF THE MOST BIZARRE FACTUAL ERRORS in Jeffrey Toobin's error-ridden Clinton book "A Vast Conspiracy," he steals a passage directly from Michael Isikoff's book "Uncovering Clinton," but then alters the facts from Isikoff's passage, and randomly inserts his own nonsensical fabrications.
After Tripp lawyer Jim Moody finally retrieved the Tripp tapes from her first lawyer, Moody engaged in a series of evasive maneuvers before returning to his office. The true version, as accurately reported by Isikoff, is this:
"Moody, the ex-spook, grabbed a cab and took it to Capitol Hill. He had the taxi stop in front of the Hart Senate Office Building -- a building you can enter and exit using different doors. He walked briskly though the building, his heart pounding, and left from the other side. Then he hailed another cab and took it across town to the upscale Georgetown Park shopping mall. He wandered around the shops for a half hour, clutching his briefcase with the tapes, furtively looking over his shoulder every now and then to detect with his imperfect eyes his imagined pursuers. Finally, he took a third cab back to his office at 24th and N Street, NW ..."
Moody gave this colorful story to Michael Isikoff exclusively; it has been reported by no one else. Indeed, Moody never talked to Toobin about it.
Toobin lifts the story wholesale from Isikoff's book, but simply alters some of the facts -- most peculiarly, Toobin changes the Hart Senate Office Building to the Russell Senate Office Building: "(Moody) took a cab to the Capitol and walked through one entrance to the Russell Senate Office Building and out the other. He stopped at another Senate office. Then he took a cab to Georgetown, talked on a pay phone for a while, and finally took another taxi to his office."
Anyone who has ever been to Washington knows that one cannot walk from one entrance of the Russell Senate Office Building to another without enormous difficulty. The Russell building is a complete maze, with entrances on different floors, and no central lobby that can be crossed at all. People who have worked on the Hill for years can get lost in that building. Meanwhile, the Hart building has a wide-open lobby that can be traversed easily.
That's why Moody cut through the Hart Senate Office Building. That's why Isikoff wrote that Moody cut through the Hart Senate Office Building. It's anyone's guess why Toobin absurdly and falsely changed "Hart Senate Office Building" to "Russell Senate Office Building," without even talking to Moody. (Moody did not stop at "another Senate office" building and made no phone calls from Georgetown that day, either, in case you needed to ask.)
This is more than someone who can't get his facts right. This is the work of someone who doesn't care what the facts are.
On Page 214, Toobin describes the activities of Jim Moody on Thursday, Jan. 15, 1998 -- activities that, as Toobin sinisterly states, were "unknown" to one of Paula Jones' lawyers, Wes Holmes: "Unknown to Holmes, Moody was just that day collecting the (Tripp) tapes from Kirby Behre, playing them for Isikoff, and his colleagues at Newsweek, and then taking them to Ann Coulter's apartment to listen to them ..."
It's true Holmes didn't know that, but only because he knew what really happened, and that's not it. This chronology is not only false, but rather famously so. Indeed, Toobin's chronology makes no sense, except as an effort to suggest some sort of dark, devious -- and incomprehensible -- motive on the part of Tripp's lawyer, Jim Moody.
I don't know what the diabolic motive might be, though my guess is, it somehow inures to the greater glory of Bill Clinton. I'm not really interested in reading the surrounding sentences to find out. Suffice it to say that Toobin's timeline is demonstrably false.
In a series of other inconsequential but reliably false references to Moody, Toobin states "Moody lived by himself" and "despised Democrats in general." Moody has not lived by himself since graduating from college, and the woman he currently lives with is a liberal Democrat (for some reason, almost all his friends are).
Moody came in to the case, Toobin says, when New York lawyer George
Conway "remembered an old friend in Washington" -- Jim Moody. George Conway
barely knew Jim Moody; the two had met only briefly once or twice before in
group settings. It certainly was not George Conway who thought of suggesting
his name to
JWR contributor Ann Coulter is the author of High Crimes and Misdemeanors: The Case Against Bill Clinton.
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