Newsday’s Glenn Thrush has that rarest of things: A new chapter to the Hillary’s biography, and one that cuts sharply against a central part of her image: that she’s spent her whole career fighting for children:
There is a little-known episode Clinton doesn’t mention in her standard campaign speech in which those two principles collided.
In 1975, a 27-year-old Hillary Rodham, acting as a court-appointed attorney, attacked the credibility of a 12-year-old girl in mounting an aggressive defense for an indigent client accused of rape in Arkansas — using her child development background to help the defendant.
Clinton’s account leaves out a significant aspect of her defense strategy — attempting to impugn the credibility of the victim, according to a Newsday examination of court and investigative files and interviews with witnesses, law enforcement officials and the victim.
Rodham, records show, questioned the sixth grader’s honesty and claimed she had made false accusations in the past.
She implied that the girl often fantasized and sought out “older men” like Taylor, according to a July 1975 affidavit signed “Hillary D. Rodham” in compact cursive.