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Goodman: Surprising How ‘Detached’ Clinton Was While Explaining Why She Took on Rape Case

• July 7, 2014 11:10 pm

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Washington Free Beacon reporter Alana Goodman, who broke the "Hillary Tapes" story about Hillary Clinton's frank, laughing assessment of her 1975 defense of an accused rapist, appeared on Hannity Monday to respond to Clinton's first comments on the case since it again came under scrutiny.

Goodman was surprised at Clinton's "detached" reasoning for taking on the case.

The Free Beacon reported:

"When you are a lawyer, you often don’t have the choice as to who you will represent, and by the very nature of criminal law there will be those who you represent that you don’t approve of," said Clinton in an interview published on Friday with Mumsnet, an online forum for parents in the UK.

"But at least in our system you have an obligation, and once I was appointed I fulfilled that obligation," she added.

"She didn't make much of an emotional appeal, and a lot of the criticism of her after the Roy Reed tapes was that she came off as very callous and kind of cold on it," Goodman said. "She was laughing while describing how she was able to successfully plead down her client."

One key difference Goodman and host Sean Hannity noticed between this most recent explanation and her interviews with Roy Reed in the 1980s was this time she said she was obligated to take the case and even asked the judge to remove her from the proceedings.

"She says on the most recent interview, not only that she was appointed, but she asked the judge if he could take her off the case because she didn't want to follow through on it, and the judge rejected this request," Goodman said. "That's the first time that she's spoken about that. In every other account, she hasn't mentioned that at all, so that's pretty interesting."

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