Bill and Hillary Clinton forced the Secret Service to undermine itself by ‘systematically destroying’ the rules that were put in place for their protection, a former officer who guarded them claims.
In his new book, New York Times best-selling author Gary Byrne writes that the Secret Service was nearly undone by serving the Clintons with ‘blind loyalty’ which they took advantage of for their own gain.
Agents were allegedly forced to collude with the Clintons in the ‘Chinagate’ campaign finance scandal in 1996 by ignoring the contents of brown paper bags brought into the White House by Chinese officials.
The problem was compounded by Secret Service leadership mistakenly thinking that the Clintons were ‘invincible,’ Byrne writes.
‘The view from the front lines, however, was that something, somehow, was bound to ensnare them. It was simply a matter of the right scandal,’ he writes.
Byrne served in federal law enforcement for nearly 30 years first in the Air Force Security Police, then in the Uniformed Division of the Secret Service where he guarded the Clintons.
His book, Secrets of the Secret Service: The History and Uncertain Future of the US Secret Service, which is out next month, paints a picture of an agency in crisis which could be a danger to President Trump.
Byrne writes that the problems date back to the 1990s when the Clintons were in the White House.
The rot started because they would ‘continually seek to systematically destroy the protocols that ensure protection’, putting the Secret Service in an impossible positions.
Byrne writes that ‘the agency had decided to err on the slide of blind loyalty and that was nearly its undoing’.
Referring to the Secret Service responsibility for investigating money counterfeiting, Byrne writes: ‘How can a law enforcement agency maintain its integrity, say in policing counterfeiting, while admittedly having compromised integrity in the area of protection?’
For a while Secret Service did a ‘good job’ of keeping itself out of the various investigations into the Clintons such as the Whitewater controversy, a scandal in which the couple was investigated over their failed business venture, Byrne says.
But it was impossible to do so with Chinagate, where the Chinese government allegedly used shell companies to donate to Democrats to buy access for Chinese goods to be imported to the US.