Dick Morris: Bill Clinton 'Hated' Janet Reno, and Waco Made It Worse

Monday, 14 Apr 2014 02:37 PM

By Aaron Stern

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A dispute between federal authorities and a Nevada rancher over 400 cattle grazing on federal land that ended peacefully Sunday brought to mind two Western standoffs from two decades ago.

Republican strategist Dick Morris says one of the main reasons the Bureau of Land Management released the livestock was to avoid a repeat of armed confrontations that ended in civilian fatalities such as those in Ruby Ridge, Idaho, in 1992 and in Waco, Texas, in 1993.

"You simply cannot have any reason for the federal government to start firing on its people, and you add 200 armed people, including snipers, surrounding that property to round up 2,000 head of cattle," Morris told John Bachman and J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Monday on Newsmax TV.

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Morris, a former adviser to President Bill Clinton, said the Nevada situation called to mind a standoff between Clinton and then-Attorney General Janet Reno.

Morris said Clinton wanted to drop Reno after his first term in office but Reno threatened to tell the media that it was Clinton, not she, who ordered the raid on the compound in Waco that ended with 76 men, women, and children killed when the building was burned to the ground.

"Reno threatened the president with telling the truth about Waco, and that caused the president to back down," he said.

"Then he went into a meeting with her, and he told me that she begged and pleaded, saying that . . . she didn't want to be fired because if she were fired it would look like he was firing her over Waco," Morris said. "And I knew that what that meant was that she would tell the truth about what happened in Waco.

"Now, to be fair, that's my supposition. I don't know what went on in Waco, but that was the cause. But I do know that she told him that if you fire me, I'm going to talk about Waco."

Morris said Clinton disliked Reno.

"That was after Clinton had told me, 'Janet Reno was the worst mistake I ever made,'" Morris said. "He hated her."

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