These scans are from the first Senate Whitewater Report, pages 1633 though 1649.
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Robert Fiske based his conclusion that Vincent Foster committed suicide in part on a report from the FBI in which it was reported that Lisa Foster had recognized the gun found with Vincent Foster, proving that Foster used his own gun to kill himself (on page 38 of the Fiske Report). This conclusion overrode concerns about the lack of fingerprints on the gun and the fact that it had been built from two 1913 Colt Revolvers.
Fiske's sole source for this conclusion was the FBI and it's report of their interview with Lisa Foster, in which she was shown a gun by the interviewers; a gun represented to her as the gun found with the body of her husband at Fort Marcy Park.
The end result of that FBI interviews was that "LISA FOSTER believes that the gun found at Fort Marcy Park may be the silver gun which she brought up with her other belongings when she permanently moved to Washington" (page 16-17 FBI interview file 29D-LR-35063).
In the FBI file, the gun is repeatedly described as silver, and yet we know from numerous sources that the gun actually found with Vincent Foster was black.
This "silver/black" discrepency was the first hard evidence of a coverup in progress. Contained in the official record, and with no innocuous explanation possible, this one item proved the existence of the coverup.
Inevitably, the next question became, just what had transpired at the actual interview with Lisa Foster. The gun color discrepency had slipped through on the official reports summarized from the original handwritten notes, but the handwritten notes were being kept from the public.
Or were, until Chris Ruddy won a Freedom Of Information Act lawsuit which pried almost 400 pages of original notes from the office of Kenneth Starr.
Below are scans of four pages from the interview with Lisa Foster specifically concering the gun, followed by transcripts.
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The pre-typed questions arre transcribed as all capitals, while the handwritten responses are lower case. Question marks are for items I am not certain of. There has beern an attempt to preserve the pagination to facilitate checking
2. PLEASE DESCRIBE YOUR KNOWLEDGE REGARDING THE TORN NOTE THAT WAS WRITTEN BY YOUR HUSBAND APPROXIMATLY ONE TO ONE AND ONE-HALF WEEKS BEFORE HIS DEATH ACCORDING TO PREVIOUS STATEMENTS MADE BY YOURSELF TO THE U.S. PARK POLICE AND NEWS REPORTS. was written on or about 7/11/93. 7/4 - 7/20 somewhere in there - a lot of kids in house. lf asked vf to go to the ?????; he declined. lf sugg. vf write down everything "they" did wrong. lf told him to go on the offensive. vf agreed, sat up, seemed energized- "haven't resigned yet" vf said he had already written his opening argument. lf thinks that's what the note is. 3. WHY DO YOU BELIEVE THE TORN NOTE, WHICH WAS THOUGHT TO HAVE BEEN COMPOSED BY YOUR HUSBAND, WAS WRITTEN ONE TO ONE AND ONE-HALF WEEKS PRIOR TO HIS DEATH. lf knew vf was upset about fbi being called, not that they lied. people knew the press was gettings deals. ?? the gop, ushers. vf worried about excessive costs but vf never discussed. tues night 7/13 vf talked of resigning. lf encouraged vf to stay on. congress would take a break in 8/93. then lf said wait till christmas lf understood clearly vf speaking about travel office 4. DOES MRS. FOSTER KNOW THE WHEREABOUTS OF ANY AMMUNITION WHICH MAY HAVE BEEN KEPT AT EITHER OF THE TWO FOSTER RESIDENCES (IN LITTLE ROCK OR WASHINGTON) PRIOR TO MR. FOSTER'S DEATH. lf found shells in top drawer. always kept shotgun shells in closet. lf found 20 + 12 gauge shotgun shells, .22s, poss. some small handgun ammunition. A. WAS THERE ANY SUCH AMMUNIATION KEPT AT HOME. lf doesn't recall seeing any ammo at house in d.c. lf saw handgun here. B. CAN SHE PROVIDE ANY SUCH AMMUNITION, INCLUDING LOOSE AMMUNITION NOT KEPT IN A A BOX, TO THE OFFICE OF THE INDEPENDENT COUNSEL IN LITTLE ROCK? as lf was packing in lr to come to dc, found gun. sharon asked for a handgun, lf gave it to her. lf packed a silver colored gun in lr, unpacked it in d.c. vf saw it and exclaimed. lf has no conver w/ vf re brinGing gun to dc but she ------------------------------------------------------------- 5. ARE THERE ANY PHOTOGRAPHS KEPT IN ARKENSAS WHICH DEPICT THE GUNS OWNED BY MR. FOSTER'S LATE FATHER? no, just snapshots of people going hunting. A. ARE THERE ANY RECORDS FROM THE ELDER MR. FOSTER'S ESTATE WHICH DESCRIBE THE FIREARMS HE OWNED? handwritten note from vf sr re property. left guns to vwf, diamond to lf, after the funeral, vf went down and got the guns.\ 3-5 handguns. lf thinks vf got all the guns. B. DOES SHE KNOW WHERE THE FIREARMS BELONGING TO THE ELDER MR. FOSTER WERE KEPT PRIOR TO HIS DEATH? lf doesn't know where vf kept the guns while in lr. C. DOES SHE KNOW WHERE THE REMAINING FIREARMS FROM THE ESTATE OF THE ELDER MR. FOSTER ARE CURRENTLY BEING KEPT. shotguns at b-in-law (lf's sister's husband) sharon has one handgun. lf thinks ba has the handgun here, but she hasn't asked ba. 6. UPON THE DEATH OF YOUR HUSBAND, IT WAS DISCLOSED BY YOURSELF THAT YOUR HUSBAND HAD TWO GUNS, MAYBE MORE, IN HIS POSSESSION. THESE GUNS HAD BEEN GIVEN TO YOUR HUSBAND UPON THE DEATH OF HIS FATHER. FROM WHOM DID HE RECEIVE THOSE GUNS? vf didn't like guns. vf sr gave guns to lf's sons. lf knows vf kept a gun in closet in dc. vf packed a trunk in lr but didn't take it. lf may have repacked it and seen gun then. lf told vf to get the guns out of the house; vf said not to say that in front of the boys. lf never checked to see if the guns had been removed. In the 2 weeks p 7/20 may have seen it twice. --------------------------------------------------------------------- WAS THERE ANY AMMUNITION GIVEN TO YOUR HUSBAND IN CONJUNCTION WITH HIS RECEIPT OF THE GUNS FROM HIS FATHER'S GUN COLLECTION? lf assumes so but doesn't know. vf never bought any ammo except for shotgun shells when hunting. 7. IN YOUR RESIDENCE, WHERE WAS THE GUN KEPT (BOTH IN WASHINGTON AND LITTLE ROCK)? lf knew location of a gun and found it still there on 7/20/93. It was not the silver gun. lf thinks the vf gun may be the silver gun she brought up lf dnk but suspects there were bullets in d.c. DID YOUR HUSBAND EVER CARRY A HANDGUN IN HIS CAR> no. never knew vf to carry gun to work. vf he parked in slot 16, exec blvd west lf knows truck gets checked at wh. honda parked on street, lexus parked in space behind the house. WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU SAW THE REVOLVER? 8. WHAT TYPE OF GUNS DID YOUR HUSBAND RECEIVE FROM HIS FATHER'S COLLECTION? PISTOL? REVOLVER? 9. HOW WERE THE GUNS THAT WERE PROVIDED TO YOUR HUSBAND TRANSPORTED TO THE WASHINGTON D.C. AREA? lf thinks the guns came up in the moving van. -------------------------------------------------------------------- 10. DO YOU KNOW WHERE YOUR HUSBAND MIGHT HAVE GOTTEN THE TWO LOOSE BULLETS THAT WERE IN YOUR HUSBAND'S HANDGUN? no. 11. Are you aware of any background information regarding your husband's possession of guns that would assist in tracing the gun found in his hand? lf not aware. sb said vf sr kept a gun by his bed and this revolver may be the same gun. 12. DOES MRS. FOSTER KNOW WHETHER MR. FOSTER'S FATHER SERVED IN THE MILITARY? he was in the navy. ww2. in california. 13. DOES MRS. FOSTER KNOW OF ANY REASON, E.G. AN APPLICATION FOR SOME TYPE OF SPECIALIZED LICENSE, WHY MR. FOSTER'S FATHER MAY HAVE HIS FINGERPRINTS ON FILE SOMEWHERE? ---------------------------------------------------------------
This set of notes verifies what was reported in the FBI file. Lisa Foster thinks that the gun found with Vincent Foster is the silver gun she herself brought up to Washington D.C.
There is little in the hadwritten notes to suggest that the interviewing agents were themselves were aware of the deception. However, the pre-written question read more like a fishing expedition to find a link than an investigation into the gun found with Foster. Indeed, the gun found with Foster is mentioned only one time in four pages of notes. Not one of the pre-written questions actually deals with the gun found with Vincent Foster.
It is intersting that Lisa Foster was convinced that the torn note was not a suicide note but a list of resignation arguments. This tends to support the theory that only portions of the torn note were forged, using a genuine Foster document.
A look at the actual note shows that the indentation on the last paragraph clearly does not match the rest of the note. And the last paragraph is the only part of the note that remotely reads like a farewell. If you read the note without that bottom paragraph, it reads like what Lisa Foster was convinced it was, a draft of Foster's resignation letter.
"Don't believe a word you hear. It was not suicide. It couldn't have been." -Assistant Attorney General Webster Hubbell, 7/20/93, cited in Esquire, 11/93.
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