Ewing Featured in New Book about Ken Starr and Clintons



Hickman Ewing Jr.
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  • Hickman Ewing Jr.
Former federal prosecutor Hickman Ewing Jr. is featured in a new book about Kenneth Starr's battle with Bill and Hillary Clinton, "Clash of the Titans."

The book by Ken Gormley was reviewed this week in The Wall Street Journal. Ewing was United States attorney in Memphis during the 1980s before joining Starr's staff during the Whitewater investigation in the Clinton years. This excerpt is from the review.

"Perhaps nobody opposed expanding the investigation more than Mr. Starr's deputy Hickman Ewing, who was running the independent counsel's Little Rock office and felt that Hillary Clinton had a lot to answer for. "In Ewing's eyes, Mrs. Clinton had lied to the [Office of Independent Council], had lied to the grand jury, and would keep lying until the cows came home if she was not brought to justice," Mr. Gormley writes. Mr. Hickman (sic) even drafted an indictment of Mrs. Clinton for conspiracy to conceal her true relationship with the Madison Guaranty S&L in order to "avoid and evade political, criminal and civil liability, fraudulently secure additional income for the Rose Law Firm and safeguard the political campaigns of William Jefferson Clinton." But with the turn to Ms. Lewinsky, that investigation was over. As Mr. Ewing put it: "Monica saved Hillary."

This ground — and the "Monica saved Hillary" quote — was previously covered in a long Memphis Flyer interview with Ewing in 2001.

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