In a newly unearthed audio interview Hillary Clinton reveals how she managed to get a plea bargain for a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl – and shockingly laughs as she indicated she knew he may have been guilty.
During the course of the conversation which dates from the early 1980s, Clinton, then 27, outlines how she used a mistake by the prosecution to get 41-year-old Thomas Alfred Taylor to walk free.
Indeed, so cavalier is her attitude to securing the freedom of a man suspected of raping a child that the shocking and candid interview may tarnish her role as an advocate for women and children in the United States.
The recordings which date from 1983-1987 were discovered by the Washington Free Beacon and are of Clinton recalling her role in the most important criminal case of her career.
This is not the first time that the trial has been written about.
In 2008 at the height of her primary battle with Barack Obama, a Newsday story focused on Clinton’s deeply controversial strategy of attacking the credibility of the girl.
‘Rodham, records show, questioned the sixth grader’s honesty and claimed she had made false accusations in the past. She implied that the girl often fantasized and sought out ‘older men’ like Taylor, according to a July 1975 affidavit signed ‘Hillary D. Rodham’ ‘in compact cursive,’ wrote Newsday.
In 1975, the year she married Bill, Clinton was the court appointed attorney for Thomas Alfred Taylor.
The frontrunner for the 2016 presidential race goes into detail over five hours with Arkansas reporter Roy Reed during the interview, which was intended for an Esquire magazine profile that was never published.
Clinton describes Taylor as ‘one of those rootless folks’ and claims that the trial was a ‘really interesting case.’
Taylor was accused of raping the 12-year-old girl in May, 1975, in Springdale, Arkansas.
The girl was a family friend and Clinton has acknowledged in her past 2003 memoir, Living History, the difficulties the case provided her having just moved to Fayetteville. to run the University of Arkansas’ new legal aid clinic.
‘This guy was accused of raping a 12-year-old. Course he claimed that he didn’t, and all this stuff,’ says Clinton.
However, what is most shocking is the breezy manner in which she discusses her clients crime and the offhand way in which she questions his innocence.
‘I had him take a polygraph, which he passed – which forever destroyed my faith in polygraphs,’ she says with a laugh.
Listen to the Audio Interview Here: