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Bill and Hillary tried to snag $3.5 million in taxpayer dollars, but the D.C. Court of Appeals told them "no."

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Appeals Court Denies Clintons’ Requested Sum

Bill and Hillary tried to snag $3.5 million in taxpayer dollars, but the D.C. Court of Appeals told them “no.”

On Tuesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia rejected a request from Bill and Hillary Clinton for $3.5 million in taxpayer money to pay off their Whitewater legal bills.

The New York Post reported Wednesday that the Clintons owe up to $6.5 million in legal fees, according to Hillary’s latest financial disclosure statement. Five million dollars of this is owed to David Kendall–the lawyer who handled the Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky cases–and his law firm.

The seven-year, $70 million Whitewater investigation began by looking into a failed Arkansas land deal but eventually led to Bill Clinton’s impeachment for lying about his relationship with Lewinsky.

The three judges on the appeals court did award the Clintons $85,000 in legal expenses they accumulated during their response to Ken Starr’s Whitewater report. In effect, the Clintons took home less than 3% of what they requested–a statistic that bothered Kendall in lieu of former President Ronald Reagan and former Vice President George Bush being reimbursed 72% and 59%, respectively, of their Iran-Contra legal fees.

“The facts and numbers speak for themselves,” said Kendall, who will still collect wasted taxpayer money for his lost cause. “The good news is that the partisan Whitewater smoke-and-mirrors investigation is finally over.”

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For a full transcript of the Court of Appeals decision, click here.

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Joel Weckerly is a senior print journalism major at Abilene Christian University (Tex.). He is interning at HUMAN EVENTS through the Fund For American Studies' Institute on Political Journalism.

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