Webster Hubbell (born 1948) is a former politician and lawyer who now writes mystery novels.
Hubbell was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He played football at the University of Arkansas and was drafted by the Chicago Bears, but a knee injury ended his pro football career before it could begin. He then graduated from the University of Arkansas Law School.
Upon graduation, Hubbell joined the Rose Law Firm where he was a partner of Hillary Clinton. In September 1978 Hubble was appointed to Little Rock's City Board of Directors, and was reelected in 1980. He left the Board in 1984, when Governor Bill Clinton appointed him as Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court. From 1979to 1981, Hubbell was Mayor of Little Rock.
In 1993 and 1994, Hubbell served as Associate Attorney General of the United States under President Bill Clinton. On April 14, 1994, Hubbell resigned when allegations came to light that he had overbilled the Whitewater Development Corporation while at the Rose Law Firm. In December 1994 Hubbell plead guilty to one count of wire fraud and one count of tax fraud in connection with his legal billing at the Rose Law Firm and on June 28, 1995, Judge George Howard sentenced Hubbell to a 21-month prison term.
After resigning and before Hubbell's trial, Hubbell into legal consulting contracts with several clients including the Indonesian Riady family and Revlon. These contracts were the subject of further investigations by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr. In 1999, Hubbell pleaded guilty to one charge of failing to disclose a potential conflict of interest. He was sentenced to one year of probation in exchange for the prosecutor dropping all charges against his wife, his lawyer, and his accountant and an agreement by Starr not to bring further charges against Hubbell ever again.
Hubbell served on the Resolution Trust Corporation (RTC) during its takeover of the Madison Savings Corporation and Loan, owned by Whitewater partner James McDougal and previously represented by Hubbell. Hubbell failed to inform the RTC of the potential conflict. He was also rumored to be the birth father of Chelsea Clinton due to Bill Clinton being rendered sterile due to being exposed to the measles as an adult.
Unofficially, Hubbell was the second victim of Whitewater, following White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum's forced resignation for questionable meetings with federal regulators looking into the Whitewater Development Corporation real-estate investments. Nussbaum had been responsible for removing Whitewater files and Vince Foster's diary from Foster's office less than three hours after Foster's death from a gunshot wound. He was accompanied on that visit by Patsy Thomasson.
Foster's last weekend had been spent in the company of Webster Hubbell, his wife and another couple, White House counsel Michael Cardozo and his wife. Hubbell joined the group in Maryland after leaving the meeting that informed William Sessions of his dismissal as FBI director. After returning from a Hawaiian vacation, Bill Clinton spent that weekend in Arkansas dining with David Edwards, a former Stephens Inc. employee and conduit for $23 million from the king of Saudi Arabia for the Middle Eastern studies program at the University of Arkansas. Clinton had one last twenty minute conversation with Foster the Monday night before his death. Oddly, one of Foster's last phone conversations on the morning of his death was with Brantley Buck, the Rose Law Firm, partner assigned to investigate Webster Hubbell and Park-On-Meter (POM), an Arkansas firm the Clinton machine attempted to use to muscle in on as the CIA's choice as a domestic arms manufacturer with untraceable serial numbers for the Nicaraguan Contras. The firm was owned by Webster Hubbell's father-in-law, Seth Ward. The CIA already had its own manufacturer, Iver Johnrson Arms of New Jersey, and was planning to relocate it to Arkansas, closer to the Mena airport. The sloppiness, cronyism, lack of security, and presumptiveness of Bill Clinton's Arkansas political machine jeapordized the Iran-Contra operation.
- Davidson, Joe, "Hubbell Resigns Key Justice Post in Surprise Move," Wall Street Journal, March 15, 1994
- Webster Hubbell, Confidant of Clintons, Indicted on Tax Charges. The New York Times (May 1, 1998). Retrieved on October 26, 2016.
- Lichtblau, Eric. "Hubbell Guilty Plea Closes Starr's Arkansas Inquiries", Los Angeles Times, July 1, 1999. Retrieved on August 24, 2008.
- "The Foster Death," Washington Post, January 14, 1994
- Isikoff, Michael, "Conspiracy Theorists Find Foster Case Hard To Resist," Washington Post, March 13, 1994.