Monica Lewinsky had a tantrum at the White House gates when she realized President Bill Clinton was with another woman, a former Secret Service officers claims.
The intern enjoyed special access to the Oval Office for years and routinely arrived out-of-hours asking to ‘see the president’s secretary’, writes former agency officer Gary Byrne in his tell-all book.
But one day in late 1997, Byrne claims, Lewinsky turned up and the officers blocked her – because the president was allegedly with Eleanor Mondale, the TV journalist daughter of Vice President Walt Mondale.
According to Byrne, Lewinsky ‘lashed out’ at the officers who had let her pass at will since early 1996.
‘Monica… still regarded herself quite favorably as the president’s singular mistress,’ Byrne writes in his book The Crisis Of Character, according to the New York Post.
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‘So now she was pissed off. She pressed the officer about the delay and wanted to know why she was left standing in his security booth.’
When the officer gave her a vague excuse, Byrne writes, Lewinsky allegedly gestured at her own body and said: ‘What’s he want with her when he has this?’
The scene is one of many explosive accusations against the Clintons.
Byrne describes his intimate connection to the president’s private life.
‘I stood guard, a pistol at my hip, outside the Oval Office, the last barrier before anyone saw Bill Clinton. The last barrier before Monica Lewinsky saw Bill Clinton. Yes, I’m that Secret Service officer,’ Byrne writes.
Byrne was one of the Secret Service agents questioned by a Grand Jury about Bill’s dealings with Monica Lewinsky in 1998.
According to the Washington Post article published on the hearing Byrne complained to then-White House deputy chief of staff Evelyn S. Lieberman about Lewinsky’s actions in 1996.
A short time later Lewinsky was removed from her position because of ‘immature and inappropriate behavior’.
He claimed that he saw Lewinsky in the West Wing of the White House when she was not authorized to be there.
The New York Times reported that Mr Byrne also expressed concerns about Ms Lewinsky’s after-hours access to the West Wing, which houses the President’s Oval Office and the work spaces of the most senior White House aides
He also complains about other women, saying: ‘We wondered how he got any work done and joked that he would have been better at running a brothel in a red-light district than the White House.’
Byrne admits he was not present for Lewinsky’s alleged tantrum at the gates but said he heard about it over the officers’ radio system.
He also claims he once had to clear up after a a tryst between Clinton and an unidentified receptionist, saying he threw out a White House towel stained with a woman’s lipstick and the president’s ‘bodily fluids’
The book will be released on June 28, one month before the Democratic Convention.
However, the most blistering attacks are directed at Hillary Clinton, now the Democratic Party’s presumptive nominee.
He said the former first lady had a ‘volcanic’ temper and occasionally got violent with her husband – and that a loud 1995 fight left the president with a black eye.
In one chapter, Bryne details arriving at work after a 1995 shouting-match that left a light blue vase ‘smashed to bits’ and Bill sporting a ‘real, live, put-a-steak-on-it black eye.’
Things got so bad that Secret Service agents had discussions about the possibility they might have to protect the president from his wife’s physical attacks, the New York Post reported in advance excerpts of the book.
‘Everyone on post that night’ couldn’t help but hear the fracas, according to early chapters posted online. It describes a big argument that ‘ended with a crash.’
Byrne writes that he saw the president at about 9 am after the fight.
‘I was well-accustomed to his allergy-prone puffy eyes,’ he writes. ‘But this was a shiner, a real, live, put-a-steak-on-it black eye. I was shocked.’
When Byrne asked White House scheduler Nancy Hernreich about the black mark on the president’s face, she replied, ‘Oh, uh, he’s allergic to coffee,’ Bryne writes she responded.
‘I’m also alergic to the back of someone’s hand,’ Byrne says he responded.
The book casts Hillary, who is expected to lock up the Democratic nomination on Tuesday, as’ too ‘erratic, uncontrollable and occasionally violent’ to lead the nation, according to promotional excerpts for the book.
‘Hillary Clinton is now poised to become the Democratic nominee for president of the United States, but she simply lacks the integrity and temperament to serve in the office,’ writes Bryne.
‘From the bottom of my soul I know this to be true. And with Hillary’s latest rise, I realize that her own leadership style — volcanic, impulsive, enabled by sycophants, and disdainful of the rules set for everyone else — hasn’t changed a bit,’ he adds.