(by Hunter Walker, Business Insider) -- Author Ed Klein has published hundreds of pages of attacks on President Bill Clinton and his wife, Hillary Clinton.
On Monday, as Klein's latest "exposé" of the former first family topped Hillary's memoir on the bestseller list, a source close to the Clintons fired back with a scathing, lengthy email to Business Insider blasting Klein as a pathological liar.
"This might sound hyperbolic, but there is no bigger liar in the entire world," the source said of Klein. "Lying isn't even the word for it. It's some kind of sickness where every single thing you write is fabricated. Every. Single. Thing. I mean, even the photos in his book were found to be altered."
Klein, who made headlines last weekend with a questionable article in Sunday's New York Post in which he claimed President Barack Obama is backing Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren rather than Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election, would not discuss criticism of his work when Business Insider called him Monday. Instead, he repeatedly referred us to his publicist, Jeremy Little, who provided us with a three sentence statement from Klein defending his reporting.
"In typical Clinton fashion, when people can’t handle or respond to the truth, they attack the messenger," Klein said.
Klein also cited a Wall Street Journal report published Monday that described Hillary Clinton, who is widely viewed as the Democratic frontrunner for 2016, distancing herself from some of the Obama administration's policies. He implied this proved his claim Obama "has quietly promised Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren complete support if she runs for president."
"Reports surfaced this morning that Hillary Clinton is deliberately separating herself from the Obamas and their agenda. This is why, as I reported yesterday in the New York Post, the Obamas are searching for a new candidate for 2016 who is willing to carry on their legacy," Klein said.
However, there is a long history of alleged factual issues in Klein's work. As the source close to the Clintons noted, a photographer released evidence showing Klein misrepresented a salaciously cropped photo of President Clinton in his 2005 book, "The Truth About Hillary." That's just one of many problems that emerged from the book where Klein cast Hillary Clinton as "the most polarizing figure in American politics."
The Clinton confidante described Klein's writing about Hillary as "creepy."
"We have had to contend with all sorts of dastardly characters over the years, being a bad actor isn't unique in this business. But there is a special circle of hell reserved for his combination of pathological lying, hate, and just flat out creepiness," the source said of Klein, adding, "But he's got a good gig. He sits in his creepy lair and once every few years bangs out another pack of lies, doesn't have to bother with any nettlesome issues that get in the way, like sources or facts."
After writing "The Truth About Hillary," Klein moved on to President Barack Obama.