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A new book released Tuesday alleges that former first lady and secretary of state Hillary Clinton said some harsh things to Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster that may have contributed to his suicide.

In “The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents,” New York Times bestselling author Ronald Kessler gives an inside look at what the Secret Service experiences based on exclusive, on-the-record interviews.

Kessler writes:

As reported in my book The Secrets of the FBI, (FBI agent Coy Copeland) says that those who attended the meeting on health care legislation told FBI agents working for (White House special prosecutor Kenneth Starr) that Hillary violently disagreed with a legal objection Foster raised at the meeting and ridiculed him in front of his peers. Copeland was Starr’s senior investigator and read the reports of other agents working for Starr. He says Hillary then proceeded to humiliate her friend Foster.


Kessler speculates that this event led to Foster eventually taking his own life.

“Foster was profoundly depressed, but Hillary lambasting him was the final straw because she publicly embarrassed him in front of others,” said former FBI supervisory agent Jim Clemente to Kessler.

Kessler writes, “Foster was already depressed, and no one can explain a suicide in rational terms. But the FBI investigation concluded that it was Hillary’s vilification of Foster in front of other White House aides, coming on top of his depression, that triggered Foster’s suicide about a week later, Copeland and Clemente both say.”

On Tuesday, Rare had the opportunity to talk with Ronald Kessler about Hillary Clinton’s relationship and treatment of the late Vince Foster.

Kurt Wallace: This is Kurt Wallace and our guest today on Rare is Ronald Kessler author of many books about the Secret Service, FBI, and CIA. Six of his books have appeared on the New York Times Best Seller list. His new book The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents. Ronald thanks for being with us today on Rare.

Ronald Kessler: Thanks for having me.

Kurt Wallace: Let’s discuss the nature of our leadership in Washington and the tragic abuse being in positions of power. In your book, you reveal that Hillary Clinton accused Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster in front of his White House colleagues of failing the Clintons and, according to the FBI, that triggered his suicide a week later.

Ronald Kessler: This is really shocking, the FBI investigated the circumstances of the suicide and they interviewed the aides, the friends, the wife and they found that Hilary Clinton had this meeting in the White House a week before the suicide with Foster and other top White House aides.

As you say, accusing him of failing the Clintons calling him a small town hick lawyer, you’ll never make it in the big time. Just because she disagreed with legal interpretation that he had given and this was her mentor at the her law firm. This was supposed to be her friend.

Well, after that, he was already depressed of course, but he went downhill after that. His voice changed, he became totally disconsolate. He, after that, committed suicide. And the FBI says on the record that episode triggered his suicide.

Kurt Wallace: Ronald Kessler author of The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents. Thank you for being with us today on Rare.

Ronald Kessler: Thank you so much.

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