OIS Cases FileGate-Exhibits-10-18
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whose FBI background files the White House obtained improperly] the Secret Service set out determine if, fact, had provided ANY LIST which would have inaccurately reflected any all these 476 names ACTIVE passholders 1993 1994." 559 And because, according Libonati, [t]he Secret Service has for many years provided printouts containing passholder information the White House Office Personnel Security," Libonati characterized the issue before the Secret Service the following manner: "Did the Secret Service produce and/or provide any list lists which would have inaccurately reflected these 476 individuals ACTIVE passholders?" Libonati presented the committee evidence uncovered the Secret Service search and audit their files, which clearly demonstrated that the Secret Service could not have provided such list.5so The Secret Service conducted exhaustive audit its records. Libonati told the committee, "The audit confirms that from 1984 July 1993, 379 the 476 names the subject list were made Inactive. can account for errors ..."561 Names were made inactive only the request the White House. However, many the names mentioned above were entered into the E-Pass system when was installed, and they were entered Inactive. Thus, time were many the names the list 476 the E-Pass system active passholders. Libonati recounted before the committee the evidence uncovered the Secret Service their search for lists produced the Pass system certain times. According Libonati, the evidence showed: Ninety-four the names the 476 the list were inactivated between 1984 and 1989, before installed our current E-Pass system.562 printout inactive passholders, the evidence shows that "182 the 476 names question appear they should this inactive printout."663 printout active passholders from May 1994, "368 the 476 names question not appear this list, and they should not appear this list. This active passholder list."664 printout active passholders July 31, 1993, "379 the 476 names question not appear this list."566 printout inactive passholders August 19, 1994, 429 the 476 names question and should appear this inactive list."566 March 31, 1993 active passholder list provided the committee the White House, 408 the names are not the list. addition, the name Elizabeth Belfore was not the March 31, 1993 list, but among the 476 people whose 669Id., 25. (Emphasis original.) ssoId., pp. 24-41. 661Id., 25. 6S2Id., pp. 33-34. sasId., 34. 664 Id., 34. 5a5Id., 35. 56Gid. background files were requested the White House. Belfore did not receive pass until after July 1993.567 The data compiled the Secret Service clearly demonstrated that the only way Marceca could have obtained all the names sought files would have been utilizing master list with both "Active" and "Inactive" employees, with the notations "A" and "I" clearly indicated the printout. using the master list, Marceca would have had deliberately order the files hundreds individuals identified "Inactive." Agent Cole testified that briefed Marceca's supervisor, Livingstone, the "Active" and "Inactive" list notations: Question. You would have meetings where you instructed-I believe you testified you instructed Craig Livingstone procedures and how get material from your office and get updated lists, that type thing? Answer. Yes, have had conversations about that. Question. terms reading the lists, what "A" and "I" meant, active and inactive; that kind thing had been explained Mr. Livingstone? Answer. Yes.568 Marceca has testified that believed the designations, ".A!' and "I" the Secret Service lists meant "Access" and "Intern." 569 believe this story, one would have accept that Marceca, whose involvement political campaigns extensive, believed that such well known former White House officials James Baker, A.B. Culvahouse, Ken Duberstein and many others were ''holdover interns," category passholders which does not exist. Another fact uncovered the Secret Service discredits Marceca's explanation that was working with old, outdated list. One the names the list files obtained, Elizabeth Belfore, did not begin working the White House until July 1993. Thus, any list Marceca worked from which included her name was created after this date. Since Marceca did not begin worldng the White House until August 1993, apparent that must have used list created during that time period. list made that time would not have included most the names individuals whose files were eventually requisitioned the White House. DEACTrvATION hearings before the committee, committee members ques tioned why some former administration employees remained active passholders the Secret Service E-Pass System. Libonati and Cole explained that the responsibility the White House inform the Secret Service when employee's status should change from active inactive. Libonati made the process deactivation passes clear his opening statement: pass also made inactive solely the request the White House. the responsibility each adminis 568 Cole pp. 47-48. sss Security the FBI Files hearing, July 26, 1996. tration identify those pass holders whom they wish remove from the active passholder list. Regardless how obvious may seem anyone the Secret Service, cannot, should not, and not inactivate pass without clear instruction from the administration. 570 After Libonati's explanation, Congresswoman Collins, the ranking minority member the committee, was still confused about the process used deactivate pass. Mrs. COLLINS ILLINOIS. Could you explain why Senator Tower, who had died years earlier plane crash, still had active White House pass '93? Mr. COLE. Because [the May 27, 1993 memorandum] was the first notice got from the White House deactivate his pass. Mrs. COLLINS. Did you know had died? Mr. COLE. wasn't aware the fact that had White House Pass, Ma'am. Mrs. COLLINS. Did you know had died? Mr. COLE. Yes. Mrs. COLLINS. Does anybody ever cull the lists take out people who are deceased? Mr. COLE. The requirement for deactivation passes that the same requirement that took place for Vincent Foster, that would have have someone from the White House tell deactivate it. obvious that person would not pose threat the complex, because they are deceased. Mrs. COLLINS. Why would you have have somebody tell you deactivate file somebody that the Service knows not going use it? Mr. COLE. Because that documentation belongs the White House. Although White House staff feigned ignorance it, the process deactivation passes for deceased retiring personnel was well known the White House Security Office. The fact that Livingstone made the request that the Secret Service deactivate Senator Tower's pass establishes his kno:wledge the process updating the Secret Service access list White House responsibility.571 Other evidence points the fact that Livingstone was well acquainted with the process removing Bush administration officials from Secret Service access lists. confidential memorandum from Craig Livingstone William Kennedy, Livingstone notes, ''Please note that there are many Bush administration employees that still have active badges. USSS informs that WHS responsibility deactivate badges. working with WHOMA begin this process." Because inform.a s101d., 27. (Empha added.) 671 Memorandum from Craig Director White Hause Security; Re: deactivation Senator Tower; May 27, 1993. deactivate the pass issued Senator Tower." CGE 047989. tion contained the memorandum, it's date appears between March 1993 and March 15, 1993.572 Documents dated August 1993 include notes made Marceca from meeting with Nancy Gemmell that included Lisa etzl and Craig Livingstone. those notes, Marceca writes, ''De-Activate former staff FBI contact remove STOP [illegible]." 573 The White House staff was clearly familiar with the process updating Secret Service lists and the language associated with it. addition the notes and memoranda Livingstone and Marceca, testimony before the committee also points the fact that the staff the White House Security Office was aware the process for deactivating White House passholders. his deposition the committee, Agent Cole stated that briefed Livingstone such matters. Livingstone and Marceca knew the process deactivating White House access passes was primary function their jobs, and they were fully briefed the process required that. Nonetheless, they tried blame the Secret Service for their malfeasance. Because their attempts shift the blame, the Secret Service was forced spend countless hours and resources responding inquiries and allegations. The only logical conclusion the audits conducted, was that active Secret Service list could have produced the .list names those whose FBI files were wrongfully requested the White House. IX. WHITE HOUSE PASSES AND SECURITY ISSUES LAX WHITE HOUSE SECURITY PROCEDURES WERE PRECURSOR FBI FILES ISSUE Problems with White House passes the White House placing highly unsuitable personnel supervisors charge the Security processes the White House. The fact that the Clinton White House followed lax security procedures and was negligent obtaining White House passes became apparent over years ago, March 1994, after lengthy congressional inquiries. GAO inquiry into the delays obtaining White House passes was requested Chairman Clinger, and Representatives Frank Wolf and Porter Goss March 1994, and released October 1995. The GAO report outlined the unprecedented delays the Clinton White House obtaining passes.574 keeping with the Clinton administration's pattern resistance investigations, the GAO The gathering hundreds FBI files was 672Confidential memorandum from Craig Livingstone, Chief White House Security, William Kennedy, Associate White House Counsel, undated. Within the memorandum, Livingstone refers crash the WAVE computer system occurring March 1993. Livingstone refers the date which "green/tan access badge[s]" will expire March 15, 1993. Fram this infer mation, the committee believes the date this memorandum between March 1993 and March 15, 1993. s13 Anthony Marceca, notes from meeting with Nancy Gemmell, August 1993. 574 GAO report Congress, "Personnel Security: Pass and Security Clearance Data for the Executive Office the President," October 19, 1995. inquiry examining the delays obtaining the passes was met with numerous obstacles for over year.575 When the GAO inquiry finally concluded, reported the following findings: mere two permanent passes received final approval prior September 20, 1993-9 months into the new administration. 576 (In the past, permanent White House passes were obtained for all staff approximately months into new ad.ministration. 577 1993, new passes for average 341 days, thus numerous renewals. temporary pass usually 1993, the Secret Service stated that routinely granted eight more extensions individuals for temporary passes requested the Executive Office the President.579 There were 190 new Clinton White House staffers who took more than 100 days complete the SF-86-the basic paperwork needed for the FBI initiate background investigation. 580 There were new Clinton White House staffers who took over 300 days-almost year-to complete their SF-86s.581 the 400 staff entering duty during 1993, 250 took over 300 days approved for permanent passes.582 1993, 361 398 individuals took 200 days more approved for permanent pass.5sa Only about two dozen staffers had "interim clearances" according the White House the first months the administration. 584 Individuals entering duty during 1993 received final approval for White House passes "an average 346 da;rrs from 'The longer time needed process 1993 entrants was primarily attributable the time individuals took complete the SF-86 and subsequent actions taken the Executive Office the President." 586 When White House advisor George Stephanopoulos was questioned about the problems with obtaining passes during "This Week with David Brinkley," June 30, 1996, erroneously claimed: STEPHANOPOULOS. Well most people did get their interviews. Most people got their passes. there was slippage, that was mistake. was wrong. 575The GAO was reg.uested March 1994 was still stalled October 1994 when Cha rma.n Representative Wolf Representat Goss wrote House Chief Staff Leon Panetta October 1994 concerned about the delay the investigation. 576 GAO report, 21. 577 Staff inte Jane Dannenhauer. s1e GAO repo 28. 579QAO report, 29. 580 GAO report, 22. ss1 GAO report, 22. s02 GAO report, 21. 58s GAO report, 29. 584 GAO report, 34. 585 GAO report, 588Jd, SAM DONALDSON. Aldrich [FBI agent Gary Aldrich] says hundreds. STEPHANOPOULOS. Well, I'm not sure that's true don't have the exact number. According White House memo from Craig Livingstone, Stephanopoulos' temporary pass was renewed for additional days December 13, 1993.587 Stephanopoulos, like most the White House staff that time, had numerous renewals his temporary pass. The GAO inquiry was preceded months congressional inquiries into the inordinate delay obtaining White House passes.588 Senior officials, including the then-Chief Staff Mack McLarty, did not obtain permanent passes until March 1994. Once this serious security breach the Clinton administration was brought light March 1994, the White House was forced respond. The press began reporting the delays the issuance permanent White House passes early 1994. March 10, 1994, the Wall Street Journal first pointed out that the White House had not approved passes for senior White House officials such the Direc tor the Office Administration, Patsy Thomasson.589 This arti cle appears have generated memo from Associate Counsel Wil liam Kennedy Mack McLarty explaining the procedures receive permanent pass.590 The next day the Washington Post reported that, ''15 White House aides, including press secretary Dee Dee Myers and another unidentified senior official, have yet ceive security clearances because they failed complete necessary paperwork 591 March 12, 1994, the White House conceded that the situation was actually much worse than originally admitted and that hundreds staff did not have permanent passes: ''White House Press Secretary Dee Dee Myers confirmed that about third the 1044 employees designated White House staff, including herself, 592have not received their permanent the 125 senior staff, approximately one-third still have their passes.593 March 14, 1994, the White House raised officials who did not have security clearances 100 rather than the individuals originally reported.594 Clearly, the responses provided Congress McLarty were misleading, incomplete and inaccurate. 595 CGE 047029. Memorandum for U.S. Secret Service Pass Section inquiring about the delays White Hause passes and with passes July 1993. Throughout the fall 1993 and Staff Mack McLarty assured Wolf that clearances were being handled "in timely manner." sas"Who Patsy ThomassonY" Wall Street Journal, March 10, 1994. ssoMemorandum Thomas McLarty from William Kennedy ill, re: procedures ceive permanent pass March 10, 1994, CGE 054752. 59l "After Year, White House Aides Haue Yet Receiue Security Clearances," the Washing ton Post, March 11, 1994. sa2"White House lags badly background checks," the Washington Times, March 12, 1994. 693[d. 594"100 White House Lack Clearance," the Washington Post, March 14, 1994. s95See letters Rep. Wolf from Mack McLarty dated August 19, 1993, October 27,1993 and February 24, 1994.