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Ex-Secret Service Dir. Accuses FBI of “Abuse of Power” in Clinton-Lewinski Probe

In Washington, rivalries between federal law enforcement agencies aren’t all that unusual. This certainly won’t help.

Bill Clinton/pres. library photo

Bill Clinton/pres. library photo

By PETER BAKER
New York Times

WASHINGTON — A former director of the Secret Service said Friday that the F.B.I. had engaged in an “abuse of power” by trying to pressure him to “give us the president” during the investigation of President Bill Clinton’s interactions with Monica Lewinsky a decade ago.

The official, Lewis C. Merletti, who headed the former president’s protective detail and later became the agency’s director, said in an interview that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had grilled him just days before Mr. Clinton left office in a last-ditch effort to prove that his agents had covered up and even facilitated extramarital flings.

Lewis Merletti/ipsa photo

Lewis Merletti/ipsa photo

Mr. Merletti said that the F.B.I. alleged that he and Mr. Clinton had concocted this deal: in exchange for Mr. Merletti’s stonewalling questions about Ms. Lewinsky, Mr. Clinton would not only appoint him director of the Secret Service but would also provide him women for sexual encounters.

“They said to me, ‘You’re the last person who can give us the president, and you’re going to give him to us,’ ” Mr. Merletti recalled. He called it “disgraceful” and said of the F.B.I., “They became involved in a political game, and in the end they tarnished themselves beyond belief.”

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Secret Service Found Drunk Boris Yeltsin in Underwear Hailing Cab for Pizza

Secret Service agents have seen a lot of history. This is one drop of history that was apparently kept secret for a long time. Yelstin in all likelihood probably had a little too much vodka. And what better way to take the edge off of a vodka binge than with a good slice of pizza.

Boris Yeltsin with Clinton/bbc photo
PIZZA ANYONE? Boris Yeltsin with Clinton/bbc photo

Tim Reid
The Times of London
WASHINGTON — Boris Yeltsin got so drunk during a 1995 visit to Washington that Secret Service agents found him a few hundred feet from the White House clad only in his underwear and trying to hail a cab – because, he explained, he wanted a pizza.

The encounter and near international incident involving the former Russian President was revealed yesterday in a new oral history of Bill Clinton’s presidency, based on 79 taped interviews between Mr Clinton and the historian Taylor Branch during late-night visits to the White House.

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B. Todd Jones Gets Second Chance to be Minnesota U.S. Atty

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President Obama is bringing back Todd Jones, a former U.S. Attorney and veteran of the first Gulf War, who served under Clinton. Considering that he was confirmed once before, he’s not likely to have many problems during the confirmation process.

By KEVIN DUCHSCHERE
Minneapolis Star Tribune
MINNEAPOLIS — B. Todd Jones, who was U.S. attorney in Minnesota during the last years of the Clinton administration, was nominated Thursday to return to the job by President Obama.

Jones was recommended for the position in March by Sen. Amy Klobuchar after his name rose to the top among members of a bipartisan advisory committee she had created. Klobuchar was Hennepin County attorney for much of the time Jones last served as U.S. attorney.

“I’m honored to be nominated by the White House and look forward to serving as the U.S. attorney in the district of Minnesota,” he told the Associated Press.

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Retired U.S. Secret Service Agent Recalls Driving Pres. Clinton