January 26, 1996, Hillary Clinton becomes the first First Lady ever to be called to testify before a grand jury.
The judge in the case ruled to suppress all evidence relating to Mena, CIA, and the Clintons from the trial. Reed discouraged at this point, gave up and dropped the trial. One honest policeman, Russell Welch supplied much of the material and proof of the Mena case, he too has suffered harassment and intimidation.
Former CIA Director John Deutch provides a report to Vice President Al Gore in which he states that Janet Reno had proposed an all-out federal takeover of the computer industry. The Justice Department proposed legislation that would ban the import and domestic manufacture, sale or distribution of encryption that did not have key recovery, which is a government back-door system designed to monitor computers secretly.
Prime targets for monitoring were to be foreign governments, banks, corporations, and individuals opposing the Clinton administration. The keys were to be held by “key recovery agents” licensed by the Commerce Department.