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Wednesday, 22 June 2016

Secret Service: Raging Hillary Clinton Threw Bible at Colleague

Former Secret Service officer Gary Byrne's forthcoming tell-all 'Crisis of Character' casts Hillary Clinton as a nightmare to protect when she was living in the White House as first lady. 
Clinton swore and raged at her Secret Service detail and even threw the occasional tantrum, according to excerpts obtained by Breitbart News. 
'She once threw a Bible at an agent on her detail, hitting him in the back of the head,' Byrne wrote in the book. 'He bluntly let her know it wasn't acceptable. He told me the story himself.'

yrne, who was a uniformed office in the Secret Service in the 1990s, during President Bill Clinton's Administration explained that being assigned to protect Hillary Clinton 'was a form of punishment handed down by passive-aggressive middle management.'  
He described what he witnessed as a certain 'liveliness' in dealing with the woman who would eventually become a U.S. Senator, the country's secretary of state and now the Democrats' presumptive nominee for the White House.  
The tome was penned by Gary Byrne, who worked for the Secret Service in the Clinton White House 
The tome was penned by Gary Byrne, who worked for the Secret Service in the Clinton White House 
'Most of us knew to brace for her inevitable eruptions,' Byrne wrote. 'They didn't happen every day, but behind closed doors we learned about them fast. In public, she was everyone's best friend. Privately, she was her normal self.' 
Byrne recounted hearing from a new office, who had just heard the first lady utter a four-letter word. 
‘Hey you’ll never believe it, but I passed the first lady and she told me to go to hell!’ he said.  
Another young officer told Byrne and the group that he also had profanity directed his way. 
'You think that's bad? I passed her on the West Colonnade and all I said was, "Good morning, first lady." She told me, "Go f*** yourself." Are you serious? Go f*** yourself!' the officer said. 
At one point the Secret Service 'circulated a

“Hillary’s antics made my job interesting,” Byrne wrote. “She’d explode in my face without reservation or decorum…”

Byrne even wrote, “on the whim” of Hillary Clinton’s “wrath,” that “careers were made or broken.”

The book is scheduled to hit stores a week from Tuesday, and has already shot to the top of Amazon sales since the Drudge Report featured it at the top of the highly popular news aggregation site last week.

“The secret project is causing deep concern inside of Clinton’s campaign, sources tell the DRUDGE REPORT,” the Drudge Report wrote in an exclusive. “Specific details of the agent’s confessional are being held under tight embargo.”

Now, here for the first time, Breitbart News brings forth these key excerpts with more on the way. Clinton’s team has been looking for a way to undermine Byrne and his book but has not yet been able to find any. It will basically be impossible for them to discredit him, since so many people allied with the Clintons have praised him throughout his illustrious military and law enforcement career.

When sent key parts of these excerpts and asked to react on Monday evening, however, Hillary Clinton spokesman Nick Merrill has not yet responded to a request for comment from Breitbart News.

Byrne, who has had a 29-year career as a law enforcement professional, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1982. He became part of the Air Force Security Police, whose assignments sometimes included guarding Air Force One. He received the Good Conduct Medal, the Air Force Longevity Service Award Ribbon, the AF Small Arms Expert Marksmanship Ribbon, and more. He started as a uniformed U.S. Secret Service Officer stationed at the White House from July 1991, at the end of the George H.W. Bush administration, until 1998—near the end of the Bill Clinton administration. He received awards and commendations regularly from his superiors, including a certificate of award from the Bill Clinton- appointed Secret Service Director. Clinton’s Housing and Urban Development Secretary Henry Cisneros, in December 1995, praised Byrne for his “firm authority” and said that the United States of America is “fortunate to have” him “in such a position of responsibility protecting the President.”

“Your knowledge of the [Oval] office, the President, and the presidency is enviable,” Bill Clinton’s Chief of Staff wrote in a note praising Byrne.

In March 1996, the U.S. Secret Service issued a letter of commendation on “the professionalism and knowledge displayed by Officer Byrne” and in 1995 he received an evaluation from his superiors who praised him as a “Mature and dependable employee who is an exceptionally well-informed member of West Wing detail” and who “consistently performs his duties in a highly efficient and conscientious manner.”

Byrne knew the Clintons so well he was even subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury during the Monica Lewinsky scandal, as he had intimate details of the president’s sexual encounters with the young intern from his station right outside the Oval Office for three years.

Hillary Rodham Clinton vets 3 VP possibilities

With Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump heading into their party conventions next month, speculation is growing on whom each will choose for their running mate. In the same week that Clinton clinched the Democratic nomination and Trump continued to criticize federal Judge Gonzalo Curiel, Clinton’s advantage over Trump grew from a three-point lead to a five-point lead, according to an average of recent opinion polls. A new Bloomberg Politics poll, released on Tuesday, shows that Clinton has a 12-point lead over Trump nationally. It's a much larger lead than Clinton held in national polls conducted in May and early June, prior to Trump's accusation that the federal judge in the Trump University lawsuit is biased because of his Mexican descent. Clinton has not publicly revealed any potential running mates, but there is increasing speculation about who she might choose. There’s also been some movement in the prediction markets since we broke down Clinton’s potential running mates last week. 

Clinton herself has said only that her top priority is choosing someone who could become president in a heartbeat, but close allies have said she is also focused on picking a partner with whom she is personally comfortable and someone able to rally congressional Democrats and energize the party.

Clinton's campaign was mum after an Associated Press report Tuesday naming Kaine, Warren and Castro as early choices to be vetted, and campaign spokesman Brian Fallon declined to comment.

"Those who talk don't know, and those who know don't talk," a senior Clinton official said.

The vetting process is being run by Democratic lawyer Jim Hamilton in consultation with campaign chairman John Podesta and outside adviser Cheryl Mills, a longtime Clinton family confidant who served as Clinton's chief of staff at the State Department, several Democrats said.

The circle is wider than those first three names, and others will be vetted, several Democrats familiar with the process said. All those interviewed spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss details of a closely held and ongoing process that they cautioned remains in its early stages.

Two Democrats said they do not expect Clinton to narrow her list to a couple of finalists until much closer to the Democratic nominating convention in late July. Still, it is "reasonable" to conclude that the circle is narrowing now, one senior Democrat said.

As they attended Tuesday's Senate lunches, some of the Democrats who have been floated as potential Clinton running mates declined to talk about it. Asked whether he was being vetted, Kaine silently winked at reporters. Sen. Cory Booker (New Jersey), a frequent Clinton surrogate, paused to deliver a non-answer.

"I am not talking about that, very purposefully," he said.

Sen. Sherrod Brown (Ohio), one of the few vice presidential prospects from a swing state, was similarly quiet about the rumors.

"I'm not going to say anything, and I'm not going to speculate," he said. "That's the word you're going to get: speculate."

Clinton mentioned Brown on Tuesday while giving an economic speech in Columbus and shared a stage with him last week in Cleveland.

"I agree with Sherrod: With the right investments and a level playing field, American workers will out-hustle and out-innovate anyone in the world," Clinton said in the Columbus speech.

Although some potential picks, including Labor Secretary Thomas Perez and Rep. Xavier Becerra (California), were not among the three people whose vetting Democrats confirmed was underway, that does not mean they might not be considered. Retired admiral Mike Mullen, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was also seen as a dark horse candidate. He had been previously vetted by longtime Clinton ally Harold Wolfson when former New York mayor Michael Bloomberg considered an independent bid for president.

Dennis Hastert Admits He Sexually Abused Former Students, Gets 15 Months In Jail For Fraud

Former House Speaker and “serial child molester” Dennis Hastert heads to prison Wednesday, about 40 years after sexually abusing teenage boys. The now-74-year-old is required to report to the Rochester Federal Medical Center in Minnesota to begin serving his 15-month prison sentence. Hastert will be placed in a facility where “a significant percentage of the prisoners” are sex offenders so that he won’t be singled out, U.S. District Judge Thomas M. Durkin has said.

Hastert may be eligible for a compassionate care release if his health deteriorates further, and could be issued a new sentence at that time, Durkin said.

While looking into some large, unreported cash withdrawals Hastert had made, federal investigators learned the former speaker had been accused of abusing or having inappropriate sexual contact with at least five students while working as a high school teacher and wrestling coach some 40 years ago. 

They determined that Hastert began structuring cash withdrawals to avoid bank reporting rules in 2010, and that he used the money to pay off an alleged victim known in court filings as “Individual A.”

Hastert said in court that he had “mistreated” his students and athletes.  

“I’m deeply ashamed to be standing here today,” Hastert told the judge, adding that he is getting professional help.

“Mr. Hastert accepts the sentence imposed by the court today,” Thomas Green, Hastert’s lawyer, said Wednesday afternoon in a statement. “As he made clear in his own words in addressing the court, he takes sole responsibility for this tragic situation and deeply apologizes to all those affected by his actions. He hopes that he now can focus on addressing his health issues and on healing the emotional damage that has been inflicted on his family and friends who have shown unwavering support throughout this trying time.”

Donald Trump's Speech: What You Missed

Donald Trump is the most profane major-party candidate ever to run for president, but his short-term political salvation still lies with the religious right. Even after winning enough delegates in the primaries to become the presumptive Republican nominee, the author of The Art of the Deal is still having a hard time closing the deal, still swatting down talk of a Republican Convention coup and clouded by revelations of his near-total failures in fundraising. Trump desperately needs to convince Republicans to stick with him, and it looks like the glue that he’s settled on is, incongruous as it seems, religious tribalism.

Trump’s Islamophobic response to the Orlando massacre is meeting with a much warmer reception inside the GOP than among the general public. 
And this week, he’s begun aggressively framing his attacks on Hillary Clinton in religious terms as well. This is Donald Trump’s version of a holy war.

To say that Trump makes an unlikely defender of Christian civilization is to understate the matter considerably. Culturally, he’s further outside the religious mainstream than any American politician ever, even the early Deist presidents. His clumsy attempts to score points with the religious right have often displayed his theological illiteracy: There was the time when he almost put money in a communion plate, or when he seemed to think that Christians regard asking for God’s forgiveness as a sign of failed morality rather than a recognition of our fallen condition.

 Mr. Trump defended his business record, recalling that he began his career in Brooklyn with a small loan and built a business worth more than $10 billion. “I have always had a talent for building businesses and, importantly, creating jobs,” he said. “That is a talent our country desperately needs.”

Fact Check: This substantially understates the financial assistance that Mr. Trump received from his father, Fred, a major real estate developer in New York City. The decades-old “loan” was for $1 million, a handsome sum that is by no means “small.” But the elder Mr. Trump did not stop there: He handed his son control of a large company with significant property holdings across the city, whose substantial value is difficult to quantify or overstate. Without this leg up, it’s unclear whether Mr. Trump could have built the business empire that he has.

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• Mr. Trump said that Mrs. Clinton “has spent her entire life making money for special interests — and I will tell you, she has made plenty of money for them, and she has been taking plenty of money out for herself.”

Fact Check: This assertion is mostly false. Early in her career, Mrs. Clinton worked for the Children’s Defense Fund and as a lawyer for the House impeachment inquiry against President Richard Nixon, and later worked at the private Rose Law Firm in Arkansas, focusing on intellectual property and other cases. Much of her career has been devoted to government service, as first lady, United States senator and secretary of state. But Mrs. Clinton did receive millions of dollars in paid speeches to banks and others and has served on the boards of corporations like Walmart. Mr. Trump argues that she also made money for big donors through her activities at the State Department and her family foundation, but he has not offered clear, convincing proof.

• Turning to trade, Mr. Trump said that Mrs. Clinton supported the North American Free Trade Agreement and cited China’s entrance into the World Trade Organization as evidence that his opponent will support deals that harm American workers. He also said that her record as secretary of state should be scorned because America’s trade deficit with China soared under her tenure.

Fact Check: As first lady, Mrs. Clinton privately expressed skepticism about Nafta, the trade pact that President Bill Clinton signed into law in 1993, though she made statements supportive of it. The trade pact has been widely blamed for the loss of American manufacturing jobs. Mrs. Clinton has called for parts of Nafta to be renegotiated and has said that the Trans-Pacific Partnership, President Obama’s 12-nation pact that she supported while serving as secretary of state, doesn’t meet her “high bar” on protecting American workers and the environment.

• Mr. Trump directly blamed Mrs. Clinton for the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens in Benghazi, Libya, calling her a liar who ignored his requests for help. “Her decisions spread death, destruction and terrorism everywhere she touched,” Mr. Trump said, calling the rise of the Islamic State and chaos in the Middle East the fault of the former secretary of state.