State Dinner Crashers Waved E-Mails From Pentagon Official at Checkpoint

December 1, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The political fallout continues today from the media hungry socialite couple who somehow gained access to a White House state dinner, without being on the guest list. Former White House staffers are taking carefully aimed pot shots at Obama’s social secretary Desiree Rogers and conservative Republican Rep. Peter King (R-NY) is howling for an investigation.

Now, today it’s being reported that the gate-crashing couple, Tareq and Michaele Salahi exchanged e-mails with a Pentagon official and waved the e-mails at the security checkpoint, as evidence that they were invited guests for the pre-dinner reception portion of the state dinner.

According to a piece this morning in the LA Times, authorities admitted yesterday that the Secret Service obtained copies of the e-mails from the Virginia couple:

“One source close to the investigation said the couple produced the e-mails at the security checkpoint last Tuesday to show that they had been invited to the event. The Secret Service, which has interviewed the Salahis as part of its own investigation, has obtained copies of the e-mails.”

The emails were traded with Michele S. Jones, special assistant to the Secretary of Defense and White House liaison. Jones said she did not give the couple clearance to attend the state dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

“I did not state at any time, or imply that I had tickets for ANY portion of the evening’s events. I specifically stated that they did not have tickets and in fact that I did not have the authority to authorize attendance, admittance or access to any part of the evening’s activities. Even though I informed them of this, they still decided to come,” said Jones in a statement.

The Secret Service is not commenting on the e-mails, except to acknowledge that they have obtained copies of the correspondence.

Tareq and Michaele Salahi are appearing on the Today show this morning, to tell their side of the story. The couple insists that they did not party crash and that they were invited guests.

But the Salahis have crashed a political event in the past, without having an invitation and were removed:

“A similar incident in the Salahis’ recent past emerged late Monday. WTTG-TV in Washington and the Associated Press reported that the couple sneaked into a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Awards dinner at which Obama spoke about a month ago. A foundation spokesman confirmed the report and said they were expelled.”

Press Secretary Robert Gibbs denies that the couple were invited guests, despite their contention that they didn’t gate-crash.

Meanwhile, the Homeland Security Committee, has scheduled a hearing for Thursday and will seek testimony from the Salahis and the Secret Service.

(Update: During the Salahis’ interview with Matt Lauer this morning, they insisted that, “We were invited–not crashers” They refused to answer Lauer’s question: “Who invited you?” But they promised to visit the Today show in person with their “documentation from emails” in hand that they claim will prove they are not party crashers.

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  1. State Dinner Crasher Emails Show Confusion Maybe, But no Invitation | ChattahBox News Blog on December 2nd, 2009 2:44 pm

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