Hillary Clinton is the now the Democratic Party’s official presumptive presidential nominee. So, the timing couldn’t be worse for accusations that she was allegedly erratic, volatile, and violent while she was the First Lady during her husband Bill’s two terms in the White House.
But, that is exactly what ex-U.S. Secret Service agent, Gary Byrne, is claiming in a forthcoming tell-all book called, Crisis of Character: A White House Secret Service Officer Discloses his Firsthand Experience with Hillary, Bill, and How They Operate.
Byrne, who was posted directly outside the Oval Office during Bill Clinton’s Presidency, claims Hillary is too “erratic, uncontrollable and occasionally violent” and “lacks the integrity and temperament” to be leader of the free world. The ex-agent has a 29-year service history with the military and federal law enforcement.
To many, Byrne’s assessment of Hillary carries weight because of his record and his role as one of the first (if not the first) to raise concerns about then White House intern Monica Lewinsky. He was subsequently subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury regarding the investigation into Bill Clinton’s affair with Lewinsky.
Back in 1988, a New York Times article named Byrne as a “uniformed member of the Secret Service assigned to the White House,” and said he had told a deputy chief of staff in 1996 about his concerns over Lewinsky’s access to the West Wing of the White House.
Additionally, a 1998 CNN article said Byrne’s complaints about Lewinsky ultimately led to her being transferred to the Pentagon.
Over at Amazon preview, where the first chapter of Byrne’s book can be read, he says he has no “political agenda,” but to “revealing the unvarnished true story of the Clintons, the real damage they inflicted via the presidency and …the real damage they again pose,” in the hopes that Clinton supporters will see the “real” Hillary Clinton.
Needless to say, Byrne’s alleged recollections are being widely seen as a serious threat to Clinton’s campaign.
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“What I saw in the 1990s sickened me,” Byrne writes in his foreword, according to the New York Post, which was offered an advanced copy of the book.
He went on to write, “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.”
He alleges, “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.”
Among the alleged details in his book are claims that Hillary has a “Jekyll and Hyde” personality which left White House staffers on edge and petrified of her explosive — even physical — outbursts.
It’s claimed Secret Service agents discussed options about keeping Hillary from physically harming Bill in the event of that happening. Byrne alleges the couple had at least one “violent encounter” before a key, national presidential address. He alleges he turned up at the White House one morning in 1995 to discover a smashed blue vase and a “put-a-steak-on-it black eye” gracing the president’s face.
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Byrne claims he heard Hillary vent in furious, profane tirades directed at White House staff, Secret Service agents and her husband. He claims Hillary tried to have the Secret Service banned from the White House.
At another point in his book, Byrne alleges he walked into a room where Bill Clinton was “involved inappropriately with a woman” who was neither Hillary nor Lewinsky. He also says he once had to dispose of a White House towel which was allegedly stained with a woman’s lipstick and the president’s “bodily fluids.”
Byrne’s book isn’t the first time Hillary Clinton has been accused of abusing her husband. In American Evita: Hillary Clinton’s Path to Power and The Clintons’ War on Women, journalist Chris Andersen, and Roger Stone, a conservative power player and the current advisor to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, both respectively allege that Hillary verbally abused White House staff, Secret Service agents, and Bill Clinton — the latter allegedly often over alleged rows about the former president’s infidelities.
Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign has already dismissed Byrne’s book as just another “nonsense” attempt to smear the Democratic presidential nominee in an already fraught pre-election run.
“Gary Byrne joins the ranks of Ed Klein (author of ‘Unlikeable The Problem with Hillary’) and other ‘authors’ in this latest in a long line of books attempting to cash in on the election cycle with their nonsense,” Clinton’s press aide, Nick Merrill, told the New York Post. “It should be put in the fantasy section of the book store,” he added.
Byrne’s book is set for release on June 28, but it has already shot to the top spot on Amazon’s best-seller list. As for Hillary Clinton, the stakes have never been higher.
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We are on the brink of a historic moment, but we still have work to do.
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— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) June 7, 2016
What she said.???????? Let’s have a great turnout tomorrow! https://t.co/c76EUt3RZA
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