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Salahi subpoenas will be considered Wednesday

Updated 4:19 p.m.
By Garance Franke-Ruta
The House Committee on Homeland Security will consider on Wednesday resolutions to subpoena White House state dinner party-crashers Tareq and Micheale Salahi, the committee announced Monday.

The resolutions authorizing the issuance of subpoenas for the Salahis' testimony will be part of a 2 p.m. hearing that will also consider an unrelated resolution, directing Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to send the House "all information in the possession of the Department of Homeland Security relating to the Department's planning, information sharing, and coordination with any state or locality receiving detainees held at Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba on or after January 20, 2009."

Rep. Peter King (R) has said he intends to attempt to subpoena White House social secretary Desiree Rogers, as well, though such a move is unlikely to succeed. Committee chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) rebuffed an earlier move by King to subpoena her, ruling it out of order, and committee Democrats are expected to block his second try.

By Garance Franke-Ruta  |  December 7, 2009; 3:54 PM ET
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Not the first time the Obama White House has had gatecrashers. The first bunch didn't tesxtify, either.

See:

http://notionscapital.wordpress.com/2009/02/05/masked-raiders-infiltrate-white-house/

Posted by: MikeLicht | December 9, 2009 10:25 AM | Report abuse

You are right, kstobbe1. Convicted felon Robert B. Creamer was invited to attend. Creamer seems to be very close to Obama and Obama's gang of Marxists, working very hard to enslave us.

Covicted felon Creamer wrote the book “Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win,” inspired by Saul Alinsky.

The guidelines for Obamacare are in this book! He suggests that a bogus health crisis be created! He suggests – point by point -- the lies, manipulation, intimidation, and coercion we have witnessed from Obama and his accomplices to force us to swallow the Obamacare scam

Posted by: AntonioSosa | December 8, 2009 3:20 PM | Report abuse

If, I am to understand this reference correctly, maybe people who work at NBC 4 got Missy and Tareq Salahi in, maybe? According to Tareq Salahi, NBC 4 is an Official Partner of his. Reference; scroll down to the bottom of this page (center): http://www.virginiawinecountrytours.com/index.cfm?action=rates

Posted by: Loviedarling | December 8, 2009 10:41 AM | Report abuse

Rich:

I take it you have not read the emails between Salahis and the person trying to get them in, Michele Jones, White House Liaison at the Pentagon?

Posted by: JakeD | December 8, 2009 10:13 AM | Report abuse

Why is this complicated? The Salahis have said THEY WERE INVITED. Draft Subpoenas, if they had some basis to think that they were welcome, who ,from inside the White House, communicated with them to give them that idea. RichFromTampa

Posted by: RichFromTampa | December 8, 2009 8:27 AM | Report abuse

If they gave a federal official false information, I would agree that's a crime. It is possible, however, that they got in without giving a federal official false information.

Posted by: JakeD | December 8, 2009 5:26 AM | Report abuse

It is a crime if you give a federal official false information. At a minimum, the Salahi's only thought they MIGHT have gotten an invitation - even by their own account, they did not know for sure. Since I doubt that event the hapless secret service officer would have let them in if they said they though they MIGHT be on the guest list, we have to assume they told the guard they WERE on the list. That's providing false information to a federal official, which is the same thing Martha Stewart did 5 months in Alderson for.

Posted by: exgovgirl | December 8, 2009 1:33 AM | Report abuse

It is a crime if you give a federal official false information. At a minimum, the Salahi's only thought they MIGHT have gotten an invitation - even by their own account, they did not know for sure. Since I doubt that event the hapless secret service officer would have let them in if they said they though they MIGHT be on the guest list, we have to assume they told the guard they WERE on the list. That's providing false information to a federal official, which is the same thing Martha Stewart did 5 months in Alderson for.

Posted by: exgovgirl | December 8, 2009 1:32 AM | Report abuse

If you really want to talk to Salahi now it woun't be for free. He is now looking for paid appearances on Talk Shows. If the process server is looking to serve a Subpoena you better find out the number of the limo he may be driving.

Posted by: npsilver | December 8, 2009 12:21 AM | Report abuse

The Committee should be sure to subpoena the Salahi's cell phone records from the phone carrier, to determine whether or not they checked their voice mail before the dinner and learned from Ms. Jones that they were not invited.

Posted by: wvdem1 | December 7, 2009 10:39 PM | Report abuse

Because it's not "trespassing" if you give your name and ID, and the Secret Service still let's you in. As far as the Salahis knew, they were invited.

Posted by: JakeD | December 7, 2009 10:14 PM | Report abuse

WHY??? are the Salahi's not in jail. Trespassing is against the law, is it not? When will they be arrested and put in jail, to await trial??? I'm sure a few million Americans want the answer to this question.

Posted by: nevar111 | December 7, 2009 9:21 PM | Report abuse

LOONYBIN2000:

Gov. Palin DID note Pearl Harbor Day and posted a moving tribute to our "Greatest Generation" on her Facebook page.

Posted by: JakeD | December 7, 2009 8:21 PM | Report abuse

President Obama is 'pushing' his socialist Marxist plan for job employment. No he didn't say anything about history and Pacific WWII.

Posted by: kstobbe1 | December 7, 2009 8:01 PM | Report abuse

These two low life nothings may just have something to teach the Secret Service.

Just as an aside, did anyone hear or read (since I cannot hear) our Pres. or anyone in the DC crowd say one word about Dec. 7 being Pearl Harbor Day, and I wonder where Obama was on that day. We Seniors, ans I guess there arent many of us left from that tragedy can never forget the horror and never forget FDR's words "This Day Will Live In Infamy" Now we have Pres. who bows to those Japs, and ignores that day in history. How sad to have such a vacent hearted Pres. of the USA, but Hopd Bless America.

Posted by: LOONYBIN2000 | December 7, 2009 7:45 PM | Report abuse

to the Salahis: not so much fun being in the limelight, is it? be careful what you wish for, you idiots...... what a couple of losers....

Posted by: mrmxb | December 7, 2009 6:55 PM | Report abuse

defeating its checkpoints at least 91 times and ADD felon Robert B. Creamer to the list. Writes a book for the Democrats

From today's must-read A1 story by Spencer Hsu: "A summary of a secret 2003 report obtained by The Washington Post, along with descriptions of more recent incidents by federal homeland security officials, places Tareq and Michaele Salahi squarely in a rogues' gallery of autograph hounds, publicity seekers, unstable personalities and others identified by the Secret Service as defeating its checkpoints at least 91 times since 1980."

Posted by: kstobbe1 | December 7, 2009 6:09 PM | Report abuse

These two crashers were able to talk their way into the White House. It doesn't matter if Desiree Rogers said they were invited or not. Their names were not on the guest list and unless someone over ruled them the Secret Service should never have allowed them in.
Stupid meetings by congressinal committees is not going to change the facts.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | December 7, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

Here ADD a felon Robert B. Creamer to the list. ex-convict, Robert B. Creamer, is a friend of White House. Let a felon have the blue print for future history. The media furor over the White House state dinner crashers ignores the convicted felon who was invited to attend with the approval of Obama's inner circle. The ex-convict, Robert B. Creamer, is a friend of White House adviser David Axelrod and the husband of Democratic Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois. A major Democratic Party political strategist, he is the author of a 628-page book that describes how the Democrats can become the permanent majority party by passing a national health care bill and giving amnesty to illegal immigrants.

Posted by: kstobbe1 | December 7, 2009 6:01 PM | Report abuse

Damn right I want these two yuckapucks subpoenaed!

I want some value for my entertainment, er - tax dollars that are spent supporting Congress.

Oh - Peter King . . . yeah, YOU . . .

. . . if you really want to subpoenae someone from a White House, why don't you start with Karl Rove?

Posted by: palmtree2001 | December 7, 2009 5:51 PM | Report abuse

If the President consulted with Desiree Rogers about who was invited to the dinner then Executive Privledge might be appropriate. But then if he did consult with her then he is spending too much of his time on minor problems instead of worrying about the major ones like the deficit and jobs.

If he did not speak with her about the dinner then the White House cannot hide behind Executive Privledge and she should testify.

Posted by: mwhoke | December 7, 2009 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Invoking their Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination does NOT "expose them to additional charges that they did something possibly illegal". Considering the political witch-hunt the Dems are conducting, to the exclusion of Desiree Rogers, the Salahis would be crazy to NOT take the Fifth.

Posted by: JakeD | December 7, 2009 5:08 PM | Report abuse

nan_lynn,
I agree with your comment, but taking the 5th will simply expose them to additional charges that they did something possibly illegal. And if they decide to lie they will be lying to Congress, which can land you in jail, so I agree that all we will hear is the 5th assuming they have good legal council, but that will speak volumes. If it was all a big mistake and they did nothing wrong, then there is no reason to take the 5th, but I think we all agree that will not happen.

And maybe Congress will ask them what Matt Lauer did not have the guts to ask on Today, such as was Michaela a Redskins cheerleader and why did she attend a cheerleader homecoming, what are their total debts and how many people are suing them for non-payment. Yea, a short meeting... 5th, 5th, 5th, 5th ...

Posted by: Fate1 | December 7, 2009 4:41 PM | Report abuse

Put this one in the category of "nice looking on paper, but probably worthless in reality".

Of course, the Committee in its probe is correct to seek information from anyone and everyone who may enlighten the issue at hand. But it is naive at best to believe that the Salahis will actually provide any.

If they are appropriately advised by legal counsel, they will decline to answer on Fifth Amendment grounds. And if they are not so advised - or, in their ongoing quest for media attention, choose to ignore such advice - the veracity (and credibility) of their "testimony" is likely to be nil.

Does anyone really expect them to tell the truth? I'd be surprised if they know how!

Posted by: nan_lynn | December 7, 2009 4:29 PM | Report abuse

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