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Ex-Secret Service Agents Blast Anti-Clinton Book

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By    |   Tuesday, 21 Jun 2016 05:29 PM

Former Secret Service agents have come out against a new book by one of their own about his time spent in the Bill Clinton White House, Politico reports.

Gary Byrne, whose book "Crisis of Character" is set for release June 28, had no way of seeing firsthand all the events he claims, and the timing of the book is politically motivated, Politico quoted several high ranking Secret Service officials as saying, including the president of the Association of Former Agents of the United States Secret Service.

"There is no place for any self-moralizing narratives, particularly those with an underlying motive," a statement from the AFAUSSS said.

Byrne was a uniformed member of the Secret Service and, as such, would have likely seen the president or first lady Hillary Clinton only as they passed him in hallways, said Jan Gilhooly, AFAUSSS president.

"One must question the veracity and content of any book which implies that its author played such an integral part of so many [claimed] incidents," according to the group's statement, which Politico received in advance. "Any critique of management by one who has never managed personnel or programs resounds hollow. Additionally, why would an employee wait in excess of ten years after terminating his employment with the Service to make his allegations public?"

Hillary Clinton is the current Democratic presumptive nominee for president.

Excerpts from the book claim Byrne once walked in on Bill Clinton during a make-out session with Eleanor Mondale, daughter of former Vice President Walter Mondale, among other stories.

Mondale, who died in 2011, denied that persistent rumor, and Gilhooly said Byrne never would have been able to have walked in on the president under any circumstances since the presidential detail would have stopped him.

"Did Gary Byrne hear an anecdotal story being told by a couple of agents? Maybe," she told Politico. "But did Gary Byrne see it the way he's purporting to have seen it? No way. That's a lifetime worth of events this individual saw in a very short amount of time. If any of the things he says happened did happen, it was told to him by a third party."

Secret Service agents also frown upon talking about anything they have seen during their jobs for fear it could hurt their ability to guard the first family.

Byrne's publicist Vanessa Oblinger told Politico the criticisms were "a nonsense charge," adding that the author was posted directly outside the Oval Office for three years and received numerous citations for good service.

"The Clintons always trash the messenger," she said.

Talk radio host Rush Limbaugh suggested on his show Tuesday that the Secret Service is likely to "circle the wagons" since their job is to protect the president.

"It doesn't mean the stuff isn't true," he said. "I mean, some of it reads believable, like Hillary found out about Monica and they're having sex over in the Oval Office. So she put her over in the East Wing, and Clinton hired her back."

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