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Fascinating signed document witnessing the end of the only civil case ever brought against an ex-President and First Lady, a notorious and embarrassing series of events that involved alleged campaign donation fraud, ex-cons, the actor Fabio, movie stars, and a huge embarrassment and the potential for criminal or civil trial of Hillary Clinton and her campaign staff. Some background is needed prior to describing the document. PETER F. PAUL (b. 1948) is a former lawyer and entrepreneur. In the 1970s, he devised a plot to defraud the Cuban government of $8.5 million through the sale of non-existent coffee, and supposedly scuttling the vessel upon which it was carried. The plan fell apart, and when Paul was arrested, cocaine was discovered in his garage. After heading California's Bicentennial Commission (and referring to the founding fathers of the United States as "39 sweaty old men arguing in Philadelphia"), he for a time managed the career of Fabio. Paul emerged in 2000 as the largest contributor to Senatorial candidate Hillary Clinton in an attempt to attract Bill Clinton to the board of Stan Lee Media and to obtain a pardon for his crimes. Paul produced and underwrote what he described as the largest fund raising event ever held for a federal candidate in Los Angeles, days before the 2000 Democratic Convention began. The Hollywood Farewell Gala Salute to President William Jefferson Clinton featured prominent entertainers singing for the President, while raising over $1 million for Hillary Clinton's Senate campaign. Those attending included Michael Bolton, Cher, Toni Braxton, Patti Labelle, Diana Ross, John Travolta, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston, and Muhammad Ali. Two days after the gala, the Washington Post publicized Paul's criminal record, and Hillary Clinton denied knowing Paul and later promised to return $2,000 he had given her. Paul alleged that Clinton was deceitful in this and brought a series of civil and criminal lawsuits against the Clintons, the Clinton campaign, and ultimately the Federal Election Commission (which he charged was negligent in failing to convict Mrs. Clinton). Ultimately, the F.E.C. found that no illegal campaign funds had been received by Mrs. Clinton, though the campaign was asked to pay $35,000 in fines for having under-reported the cost of the party. His other charges against the Clintons and the F.E.C. were thrown out, and Mrs. Clinton was allowed to recoup her legal fees from Paul. In 2008, Paul refiled his charges against the F.E.C. and his $41.9 million lawsuit remained in play. Many believe the Clintons responsible for many of the crimes and torts alleged by Paul, others believe them to be innocent.

We offer the final chapter in this twelve year old saga, a "SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE" essentially ending all claims between the parties to all of the lawsuits, 8pp. 4to., [Los Angeles], June 4, 2010, signed at the conclusion "William J. Clinton" and "Hillary Rodham Clinton" in bold black marker. Also signed by the Clinton's attorney Jan B. Norman. The document, stamped "ORIGINAL" and headed "CONFIDENTIAL", involves all mutual outstanding litigation and decisions brought forth in the State of California. It declares that the Defendants continue to deny any liability; cites all previous decisions made in favor of the Defendants; the parties mutually release each other; Mrs. Clinton waives $118,000 in legal fees due to her by Paul and co-plaintiffs; Paul waives $532.70 in costs on appeal and agrees not to seek any other recovery of fees, costs, etc.; and most interestingly, Paul waives his right to; "...attempt to depose, call as a witness, or otherwise seek the testimony of the Clintons or any of their family members...". Fine condition. A copy of an email from Paul is included, noting: "...the Clintons were required to PERSONALLY sign the settlement agreement...Their lawyer certified to my lawyer that they personally signed the agreement. Failure to personally sign the agreement would leave them open to my withdrawing settlement and proceeding to deposing them as witnesses which they attempted to avoid by settling...".

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February 19, 2014 11:00 AM EST
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