When Bill and Hillary Clinton left the White House, donors had covered all but $3.9 million of their still growing scandal legal bill — easily covered by her 2000 $4 million book advance — but they didn’t pay off their lawyers for years.
Using two legal defense funds that raised about $10 million while Clinton was president, the former first couple got donors including author Stephen King, actor Robert DeNiro, singer Tony Bennett and Black Entertainment Television founder Robert L. Johnson to give up to $10,000 each.
Even taxpayers eventually coughed up $85,000 for lawyers handling a long list of scandals including Whitewater, impeachment and the Monica Lewinsky sex affair. Clinton had asked the government to cover $3.5 million, but a court cut it to $85,000.
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