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Limbaugh Says Slobo Was Considering Calling Clinton As Witness

Media Matters | March 15 2006

Summary: Discussing the death of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, Rush Limbaugh said that there was "speculation" that Milosevic "might have been poisoned by somebody." Limbaugh told his listeners: "I'm not drawing any conclusions ... but it has been reported that Slobo was considering calling Bill Clinton as a witness." Limbaugh added: "He hadn't made the formal request but was considering it. And now, Slobo is no more."

On the March 13 edition of The Rush Limbaugh Show, while discussing the death of former Yugoslav president Slobodan Milosevic, who was, at the time of his death, on trial for war crimes, nationally syndicated radio host Rush Limbaugh said that there is "speculation" that Milosevic "might have been poisoned by somebody." Limbaugh asked, "Who would want to poison such a guy like Slobodan Milosevic?" He then told listeners: "I'm not drawing any conclusions, and I'm not even making any connections. I'm not dot-connecting or anything else. But it has been reported that Slobo was considering calling [former President] Bill Clinton as a witness." Limbaugh added: "He hadn't made the formal request but was considering it. And now, Slobo is no more."

On March 11, Milosevic died in his prison cell in The Hague, Netherlands. A preliminary autopsy report cited a heart attack as the cause of death. The Associated Press reported on March 13 that Dutch toxicologist Donald Uges said "he found traces of an unprescribed drug in Slobodan Milosevic's blood earlier this year that may have reduced the effectiveness of other medications he was taking." According to the AP, Uges "suggested Milosevic may have taken such action in a bid to be released from jail and get medical attention in Russia by portraying his Dutch doctors as unable to treat his condition."

The AP further reported on March 14 that "Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said Moscow did not fully trust the Dutch autopsy results and would send its own pathologists to examine the body." As Limbaugh noted, Milosevic had complained shortly before his death that he was being poisoned.

Limbaugh has repeatedly insinuated that Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY) were responsible for the July 20, 1993, death of Clinton deputy White House counsel Vincent Foster, as Media Matters for America has documented here, here, and here, and as Fairness & Accuracy in Reporting has documented here.

From the March 13 broadcast of The Rush Limbaugh Show:

LIMBAUGH: You deal with the aftermath of war in a courtroom, say, if you need to try war crimes violators such as Slobo Milosevic. How about this guy? Keeling over dead in his cell. Bye-bye Slobo, over the weekend. He was at The Hague. And a lot of controversy about this, now. See, Slobo had some medical conditions. He wanted to go to Russia for treatment -- and his family is there -- and the tribunal at The Hague, the court -- "No, we're not going to let you out of there. You'll never come back."

"No, I promise to come back."

Family: "No, we promise we'll bring him back."

And he was doing his own defense. He's writing his own papers. And, apparently, he was taking some drugs, and they found a drug in him that was counter -- it -- it counter-acted the medicine he was taking for either high blood pressure or cardiac disease or something.

It caused his liver to start working feverishly and that, when that happens, you know, medicines -- look, I'm not a scientist but when, when the liver is not acting normally, when it's sped up, the effectiveness of medicines taken is diminished.

And, apparently, that's what's happened. So, now speculation is he might have been poisoned by somebody. He even wrote that he thought he was going to be poisoned. Now, how can this possibly be? Who would want to poison such a guy like Slobodan Milosevic?

But did you hear what The Hague said? These -- The Hague -- the people at The Hague were mad because they wanted to get to the bottom of what happened there, and he's the only guy who knows, and now, he's histoire. He assumed room temperature, and they'll never know. So, they're not going to be able to document the case of ethnic cleansing and all this. This trial's gone on for four years or some such thing.

What is interesting about this, and I'm not drawing any conclusions, and I'm not even making any connections. I'm not dot-connecting or anything else. But it has been reported that Slobo was considering calling Bill Clinton as a witness. He hadn't made the formal request but was considering it. And now, Slobo is no more. [Former NATO Supreme Commander Gen.] Wesley Clark was called as a witness. He went and testified. A bunch of high-profile big names went and -- I can't remember any of the other ones.

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