Troopergate (Bill Clinton)

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Troopergate is the popular name for an alleged scandal in which two Arkansas State Troopers claimed they had arranged sexual liaisons for then-Governor Bill Clinton. The allegations by state troopers Larry Patterson and Roger Perry were first reported by David Brock in the conservative magazine American Spectator in 1993.[1]

The story mentioned a woman named Paula, a reference to Paula Jones, who later sued Clinton for sexual harassment in Jones v. Clinton.[2] Brock has since apologized to Clinton, saying the exposé based on the troopers was politically motivated "bad journalism" and said "The troopers were greedy and had slimy motives."[2]


In his book, Blinded by the Right, David Brock claimed that in order to maintain journalistic integrity, he agreed to write the Troopergate article only if the four troopers whom he interviewed were not paid. In 1998, a conservative fundraiser admitted that he had paid each of the troopers $6,700 after the articles were published. The payments were made without Brock's knowledge. Following the admission, Brock publicly apologized to President Clinton for his Troopergate story, which he stated was written not "in the interest of good government or serious journalism," but as part of an "anti-Clinton crusade."[2][3]

This reference was cited by Paula Jones in her sexual harassment lawsuit against President Clinton. According to Gennifer Flowers's deposition in Jones v. Clinton, she claimed that Clinton told her to contact Larry Patterson or Roger Perry to communicate.[4] The lawsuit, Jones v. Clinton, was initially dismissed, whereupon Jones appealed. In 1998, Clinton settled with Jones for $850,000, the entire amount of her claim, but without an apology, in exchange for her agreement to drop the appeal.[5]

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  2. ^ a b c "Reporter Apologizes For Clinton Sex Article". CNN. March 10, 1998. Archived from the original on 2008-06-14. Retrieved 2008-10-17. 
  3. ^ "David Brock Interview". All Things Considered |transcripturl= missing title (help). 2001-07-02. National Public Radio. 
  4. ^ "Declaration of Gennifer G. Flowers" Washington Post, March 13, 1998
  5. ^ Baker, Peter (1998-11-14). "Clinton Settles Paula Jones Lawsuit for $850,000". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2007-09-26.