By Paul Bedard, Washington Whispers
Larry Klayman made a name for himself investigating backroom deals in the Clinton and Bush administrations, like Bubba's China-gate fundraising scandal and former Vice President Dick Cheney's energy task force meetings. Now it's President Obama's turn to face Klayman and his latest public-interest group, Freedom Watch.
Today at 5 a.m., Klayman tells Whispers, he tried to serve a legal document on the White House asking for all papers, E-mails, and meeting notes related to the administration's discussions with outside groups on healthcare reform. He told us he is especially interested in any communications or meetings with Planned Parenthood, the American Medical Association, and the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America.
What's more, the letter demanded that he be allowed into any future meeting on the topic with outside groups, claiming that such sessions amount to meetings that should legally be open to the public. Failure to act by tomorrow afternoon, he said, will result in further legal action. "I'll bring a lawsuit," he promised.
His decision to hand-deliver the letter, however, wasn't met with open arms at the security gate, where he says Secret Service officers questioned him for over an hour before taking the letter. The delivery of the document was a success in the eyes of Klayman, who suggested that it will be the first piece of evidence in a lawsuit.
Whispers recently noted Klayman's return to Washington, where he founded Judicial Watch years ago. He has since written a biography of his years fighting the Clinton and Bush administrations, called Whore.