The Clintons, who made a fortune off the sale of their Brooklyn home in 1994, paid for a $15 million mansion at the time of the impeachment trial that was built around the idea of the Clintons being able to get out of any financial mess they might have in the event of a presidential pardon.
The home, dubbed the Lincoln, had a $20 million price tag at the beginning of the scandal, but it was only worth $9 million when the Clintons left office in 2001, according to a book by a former official of the New York State Assembly who was involved in the deal.
The Clintons also spent more than $2 million of their own money on the renovation of the mansion, which is currently valued at about $25 million.
The Clintons’ “massive arm” also paid for other items that the trial and subsequent impeachment trials were meant to focus on, including a private jet for Bill Clinton, his wife, Hillary Clinton, and a $100,000 private jet owned by the former first lady, Chelsea Clinton, according a court filing by prosecutors in the impeachment case.
At the time, the former president was facing a number of ethics charges related to his use of a personal email account and the purchase of an apartment in the Hamptons that he used to send classified information to the Clintons.
The former president has denied the accusations and has said he would cooperate with any congressional investigations.
The purchase of the Lincoln also included a $500,000 donation from the Clinton Foundation to the American Red Cross, according the documents filed by the state attorney general’s office.
In addition, the Clintons and the Clintons Foundation also donated $50,000 each to the U.S. Senate Democratic Caucus, a group that supported Bill Clinton and was chaired by Bill Clinton.