Ronald Kessler, writing for The Daily Mail, testifies that Hillary Clinton and her long-time aide Huma Abedin were detested by members of the Secret Service because the two women arrogantly treated the Secret Service agents like dirt.
Kessler, the author of The Secrets of the FBI and The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents, dismisses claims by members of the media that the current FBI investigation of Clinton is restricted to a “security investigation.” He attests that the investigation of Clinton means that she violated criminal laws, as the FBI will not launch an investigation unless laws have been violated. Kessler points out that Clinton’s protestations that the material under investigation was not marked classified is immaterial, writing, “The pertinent laws make no distinction between classified material that is marked as such or not. If material is classified and is handled improperly, that is a violation of criminal laws.”
The FBI investigation has been galvanized further by recent revelations involving emails sent by Abedin and Clinton aide Cheryl Mills, as well as the fact that State Department BlackBerry devices belonging to Abedin and Mills have likely been liquidated or sold.
Some of the anecdotes involving the imperiousness and haughtiness of Clinton and Abedin include:
In 2008, Abedin lost her way driving Chelsea Clinton to the February 2008 Democrat presidential debate in Los Angeles. One agent who tried to help Abedin recalled, “She was belligerent and angry about being late for the event, no appreciation for any of it, not a thank-you or anything. That was common for her people to be rude.”
Another Los Angeles imbroglio occurred when Abedin, who was not wearing a pin certifying her identity, tried to bluster past a female Secret Service agent. The agent, unaware of Abedin’s identity, said, “You don’t have the proper identification to go beyond this point.” Another agent told Kessler, “Huma basically tried to throw her weight around. She tried to just force her way through and said belligerently, ‘Do you know who I am?’’”
Kessler noted that Secret Service Agents are not required to carry luggage for their protectees, but they will if they like them. One agent recollected that, in Abedin’s case, “The agents were just like, ‘Hey, you’re going to be like that? Well, you get your own luggage to the car. Oh, and by the way, you can carry the first lady’s luggage to the car, too. She’d have four bags, and we’d stand there and watch her and say, ‘Oh, can we hold the door open for you?’” The agent added, “When it’s convenient for them, they’ll utilize the service for whatever favor they need, but otherwise, they look down upon the agents, kind of like servants.”
An agent who still works for the Secret Service asserted:
There’s not an agent in the service who wants to be in Hillary’s detail. If agents get the nod to go to her detail, that’s considered a form of punishment among the agents. She’s hard to work around, she’s known to snap at agents and yell at agents and dress them down to their faces, and they just have to be humble and say, “Yes ma’am,” and walk away. Agents don’t deserve that. They’re there to do a job, they’re there to protect her, they’ll lay their life down for hers, and there’s absolutely no respect for that. And that’s why agents do not want to go to her detail.
The most egregious example of Clinton’s arrogance was evidenced in one particularly nasty incident when she was First Lady. One former agent related, “The first lady steps out of the limo, and another uniformed officer says to her, ‘Good morning, ma’am.’ Her response to him was ‘F—- off.’ I couldn’t believe I heard it.”
Hillary was famous for wanting the Secret Service to be invisible; one former agent said, “We were basically told, the Clintons don’t want to see you, they don’t want to hear you, get out of the way. Hillary was walking down a hall, you were supposed to hide behind drapes used as partitions. Supervisors would tell us, ‘Listen, stand behind this curtain. They’re coming,’ or ‘Just stand out of the way, don’t be seen.’”
Hillary berated a White House electrician changing a light bulb, screaming that he should have waited until the First Family was gone. Franette McCulloch, the assistant White House pastry chief at the time, remembered, “He was a basket case.”
FBI agent Coy Copeland told Kessler that Hillary had a “standing rule that no one spoke to her when she was going from one location to another.”
One agent was abused by Hillary during the Kenneth Starr investigation of the Whitewater scandal; he said, ”Good morning, Mrs. Clinton,” and she ranted, “How dare you? You people are just destroying my husband… And where do you buy your suits? Penney’s?”
Weeks later, the agent confessed to Copeland, “I was wearing the best suit I owned.”