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Eleanor Mondale is the daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale
Secret Service officer claims Clinton was ‘making out’ in White House
Gary Byrne alleges bodyguards driven to drink and drugs by couple
Book release is expected to rock Hillary’s presidential bid this year
Secret Service officer Gary Byrne was walking back to the White House’s West Wing one Christmas when he and a Secret Service colleague ran into a White House steward.
He was just pushing open the door of the Map Room and, expecting to find it empty at that time of night, didn’t bother to knock first. That was a big mistake.
Byrne says that inside the Chippendale-style parlour room where Franklin Roosevelt had guided America’s entry into World War II, he was stunned as he caught sight of President Bill Clinton in a ‘compromising position . . . that is, making out on the Map Room table’ with a glamorous young blonde TV presenter.
The girl was Eleanor Mondale, daughter of the former Vice-President Walter Mondale — though the pair were clearly not discussing politics.
The steward quickly shut the door and the three witnesses hurried away. No more was said. But, as Byrne alleges in a new memoir causing major ructions in the U.S., White House staff were expected to ignore — or even cover up — a shocking amount of ugly behaviour during the Clintons’ eight years in power from 1993 to 2001.
Byrne, whose Clinton era duties included three years stationed directly outside the Oval Office, was the first Secret Service member to formally raise concerns about Monica Lewinsky’s easy access to the President.
Now he has raised different worries. In a scathing portrait of a chronically womanising President and a First Lady with a volcanic temper and an alarming unpredictability, he claims Hillary Clinton ‘lacks the integrity and temperament’ to become President 15 years after her husband left the job.
Hurled vases, Presidential black eyes, bodyguards driven to drink and drugs by the nightmare of working for the dictatorial Mrs Clinton and a President who would pick up women on his daily jogs — it’s all here in Byrne’s new book, Crisis Of Character, or in interviews that the author has given to promote it.
As she strives for a historic election victory in November, Mrs Clinton has had to contend with a string of revelations that have raked up the more tawdry details of the power couple’s first stint in the White House.
But Byrne’s What-the-Butler-Saw style account is particularly damning. Of course, he may be a fibber, looking for a chance to cash in with exaggerated anecdotes — but so much of his testimony rings true based on what the world knows about goings-on at the Clinton White House.
It is little wonder the Clinton camp has not only denounced the book, but has even reportedly persuaded most of the big TV news networks to deny Byrne airtime. Undoubtedly to the couple’s horror, Crisis Of Character shot to the top of the Amazon best-seller list from pre-orders alone.
Unsurprisingly, the book’s sensational, gossipy — and hotly disputed — revelations are already being exploited by presidential rival Donald Trump and other Republicans.
Critics have questioned Byrne’s motives and some of his allegations, and accuse him of bringing the supposedly non-partisan Secret Service — whose main role is to protect the President — into disrepute.
Byrne, now retired, counters that it is his ‘patriotic duty’ to ensure voters know the unvarnished truth about the Clintons.
Condemning her ‘appalling leadership style’, he portrays the presumptive 2016 Democrat presidential nominee as ‘volcanic, impulsive, enabled by sycophants, and disdainful of the rules set for everyone else’.
He warns: ‘We all remember — or should remember — what a Clinton White House was like. If we board that time-machine for a return trip — it’s our fault.’
Byrne insists that, stationed feet away from the President, he never needed to listen at keyholes. Mrs Clinton, he says, screamed at top volume through a White House so badly sound-proofed that conversations in any room were easily heard in the hallways outside.
From the moment they moved into the White House in January 1993, Mrs Clinton made clear she was going to be a far more politically active First Lady than her predecessors, becoming the first to set up an office near the President in the West Wing.
Staff, and particularly the Secret Service who Mrs Clinton reportedly loathed and saw as the liberal couple’s dyed-in-the-wool conservative enemy, quickly learned to give her a wide berth.
To force the message home, Mrs Clinton made it plain she expected staff to keep out of her way as she marched through the White House. She allegedly liked to make life hard for her bodyguards by charging outside for impromptu jogs.
Byrne claims that she once threw a Bible at a Secret Service agent on her protection team, hitting him squarely in the back of the head.
While he rarely saw Mr Clinton get angry, Byrne says the First Lady was over-indulged by ‘doting, barely post-adolescent’ staff and was prone to ‘massive tantrums’. Some agents ‘literally went mad’ from the stress of protecting her, he claims, turning to alcohol, drugs, office affairs and even prostitutes.
‘I always avoided eye contact when she was on the warpath,’ he says. She would ‘explode in my face without reservation or decorum’, he recalls.
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