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Gillibrand's Tobacco 'Smoke' Deserves Ethics Investigation

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U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) leaves after a news conference December 6, 2017, on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., has anointed herself as the moral enforcer against prominent males accused by women of sexual misconduct.

She recently said that Bill Clinton should have resigned as president when the Lewinsky affair came to light. Last week, she led Democrats in the Senate to call for Minnesota Senator Al Franken’s resignation over charges leveled against him for groping and other inappropriate behavior towards women.

Now, having seized the “moral high ground” on behalf of women even against members of her own party, Senator Gillibrand has set her sights on President Trump. Responding to a staged news conference featuring several women who claim they have been harassed or assaulted by Donald Trump years ago, Senator Gillibrand called on Mr. Trump to resign. If President Trump won’t resign, Senator Gillibrand said, Congress should “investigate the multiple sexual harassment and assault allegations against him.”

President Trump denied the “false accusations and fabricated stories of women who I don’t know and/or have never met.” He responded to Senator Gillibrand’s call for him to resign with his usual bluntness on Twitter: “Lightweight Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a total flunky for Chuck Schumer and someone who would come to my office ‘begging’ for campaign contributions not so long ago (and would do anything for them), is now in the ring fighting against Trump. Very disloyal to Bill & Crooked-USED!”

Senator Gillibrand is an opportunist, willing to throw her fellow Democrat Senator Franken under the bus without any due process in order to cement her credentials as the leader of the fight for women against alleged sexual harassers and abusers. She is not interested in the truth. Back in 2015, for example, Senator Gillibrand said that, despite clear evidence a woman had falsely accused members of a campus fraternity at the University of Virginia of sexual assault, it would be wrong to criticize or prosecute the woman for her false accusations. Apparently, protecting the rights of the innocent — whether male or female — is less important to the senator than protecting a lying woman willing to destroy the lives of those she falsely accused.

Now, based on unsubstantiated charges of conduct that allegedly took place years before the presidential election and that President Trump denies, Senator Gillibrand demands that the president resign or face a congressional investigation. If Senator Gillibrand wants to play this game demanding a resignation or an investigation for alleged misconduct prior to one’s election to public office, then she should be subjected to the same standard for her conduct as private counsel defending tobacco companies.

Tobacco kills. It has been estimated that women who smoke face a nearly 18 times greater risk of dying of lung cancer than women who do not smoke. Smoking also raises the risk of death from breast cancer. Gillibrand’s law firm, Davis Polk, reportedly had a policy allowing attorneys to opt out of representing tobacco companies on moral grounds. Gillibrand chose instead to become “involved in some of the most sensitive matters related to the defense of the tobacco giant as it confronted pivotal legal battles beginning in the mid-1990s,” according to a 2009 New York Times article. Among other things, she served “on a high-level Philip Morris committee whose work included shielding certain documents from disclosure.”

The Senate Ethics Committee should investigate whether Gillibrand was involved in suppressing evidence and possible obstruction of justice. In order to help keep from federal law enforcement officials and plaintiffs’ attorneys the results of scientific research potentially damaging to the public position of the tobacco industry on tobacco safety, did Gillibrand take an active part in an effort to misuse the attorney-client privilege to conceal relevant evidence? Did she assist in subterfuge while counseling Phillip Morris in its use of an overseas laboratory for its secret cancer-related research?

The tobacco industry contributed $9,000 to Gillibrand during the 2006 and 2008 election cycles. She was the largest recipient of campaign donations from her former employer and tobacco company consigliere Davis Polk during the 2006 House of Representatives election cycle — $49,550. She topped the list again during the 2010 Senate election cycle — $190,050. For the 2012 election cycle she took in $143,050 from Davis Polk — more than Barack Obama. Perhaps President Trump was right when he tweeted that Senator Gillibrand “would do anything” for campaign contributions.

Senator Gillibrand said last week, “We should demand the highest standards, not the lowest, from our leaders.” How many lives could have been saved if the tobacco companies had come forward with all their research earlier, rather than suppress it while they were counseled by Davis Polk attorneys like Kirsten Gillibrand, who later took money from the tobacco industry and one of its law firms for her campaigns?

It is time for Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to follow her own advice and either resign or submit to a thorough congressional ethics investigation.

Joseph A. Klein is a featured author for FrontPage Magazine and the United Nations correspondent for Canada Free Press. He has also authored the books "Global Deception: The UN’s Stealth Assault on America’s Freedom" and "Lethal Engagement: Barack Hussein Obama, the United Nations & Radical Islam." Klein, a Harvard Law school alumnus and practicing attorney, has been a guest on many radio shows as a commentator and has appeared on several TV shows including "Fox & Friends." For more of this reports — Click Here Now.

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