'Volcanic, Dangerous': Shocking Stories from Inside the Clinton White House
Former Secret Service Agent Gary Byrne sat down with Ainsley, Brian and Steve this morning, laying out in riveting detail a few of the shocking stories from inside the Clinton White House.
In his new book, Crisis of Character, Byrne argues that Hillary Clinton does not have the temperament to be president, suggesting she once got physical with the president during an argument over one of his affairs.
Watch the full interview above and read some excerpts below:
Byne said there were stories about the Clintons' volatile relationship before they arrived:
Volcanic, dangerous. And actually I talked to this [Arkansas] sheriff one time and I was joking with him. I said, there's no way this guy could ever get elected. And he looked at me like he was looking right through me. And he said, 'let me tell you something, Gary. Believe everything you hear. They will get elected. They'll stay there for eight years.' He said, it is unbelievable. He said they can 'spin manure into gold.' That’s the term he used.
On the "Broken Vase" incident - an alleged fight between the President and First Lady in the White House:
So I came to work one morning as a Secret Service Uniform Division officer. Before I went to my post I went over to see a buddy on the ground floor of the White House. He said Mr. And Mrs. Clinton had a huge fight upstairs.
Later on the next time I saw the president over at the Oval Office, he had a mark under his eye. It was a black eye. You could see they were trying to conceal it with makeup. I said to his assistant, 'What's that mark on the president's eye?' And they said, 'Oh, he's allergic to coffee.'
On the Clintons' feelings toward uniformed officers:
My experience with them is they don't like the military and they don't like law enforcement. And my personal feeling based on what I saw is that she does not like men.
On Monica Lewinsky once flashing the president outside the Oval Office:
As she walked past, she had this dress on. She looked back and made sure the president was looking at her and she turned around and flipped up her dress and showed him her blue thong -- I felt like -- it was just bizarre. Like at a nightclub.
On claims about his level of access and attempts to debunk his stories:
All you have to do is go ask [former White House communications director] George Stephanopoulos. I stood right outside his door for years. I was friends with his assistants. Everybody knows who I am. They’re just afraid of the truth.