By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
He's back! Lawyer Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch who uncovered Clinton scandals like Chinagate and Filegate and probed Dick Cheney's energy task force, that is. Armed with his dirt-dishing autobiography and leading a new public-interest group, Freedom Watch, Klayman is returning to Washington after a failed 2004 Florida Senate bid. His goal: to take on the new administration and even world tyrants like Iran's Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, whom he wants to depose in a human-rights suit. "I feel the country really needs somebody like me," says Klayman.
For his first punch, the conservative lawyer—who sued his mother to have her "do not resuscitate" order taken off his grandmother's medical chart—made headlines by representing an ousted editor suing the Washington Times. The irony: In Whores: Why and How I Came to Fight the Establishment, he credits the Times and Fox with helping his causes. Next he wants to tackle the Obama administration's healthcare plan; he'll probably sue, he says, to get internal documents about how it came together. "We need to shake things up," says Klayman, whose scattershot blasts sometimes hit others. In Whores, while dissing Roger Ailes, he quotes the Fox boss saying he hired Chris Cuomo, vying with George Stephanopoulos to cohost Good Morning America, because "if I'm going to put on some [expletive] liberal, I might as well get the dumbest [expletive] I can find!"
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