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Gatecrashers' Charity More Fishy Than Horsey

$250K event netted just $18K for charity

(Newser) - A close look at the America's Polo Cup charity event created by White House gatecrashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi reveals inconsistencies that could look mighty suspicious to those taking an uncharitable view. Tareq Salahi—captain of the US polo team that will play India in this year's cup—said the...

Tareq Salahi: 'We Did Not Party Crash'
 Tareq Salahi: 'We 
 Did Not Party Crash' 

Tareq Salahi: 'We Did Not Party Crash'

Scandal is 'devastating' to him, wife Michaele, he tells Today

(Newser) - The so-called White House party crashers gave their first interview today, telling the Today Show that they are cooperating with the Secret Service and the case will soon take a dramatic turn. "We did not party crash the White House," says Tareq Salahi. "The truth will soon...

Gatecrashers Thought Defense Official Scored Invites

Sources say emails support Salahis' story

(Newser) - Secret Service investigators are examining an email exchange between the Salahis and a Pentagon official that allegedly caused the gatecrashers to believe they were invited to last week's state dinner. The emails contain assurances from Michele Jones that she was doing her best to score the couple an invite, sources...

Pentagon Denies Helping Salahis Crash Dinner
 Pentagon Denies Helping 
 Salahis Crash Dinner 

Pentagon Denies Helping Salahis Crash Dinner

Gates assistant communicated with couple, but made no promises

(Newser) - The couple who crashed the Obama administration's first state dinner communicated with a senior Pentagon official about going to the event, but the official denies that she helped the couple get in. Michele Jones, a special assistant to Defense Secretary Robert Gates, said in a written statement tonight that she...

Salahis Invited to Capitol Hill ... Through Front Door

Party crashers haven't been subpoenaed. Yet.

(Newser) - The House Committee on Homeland Security has asked the couple who crashed last week's White House state dinner to testify on Thursday. Tareq and Michaele Salahi have not confirmed that they will appear, and testifying could complicate their plans to auction off the story of how they infiltrated the theoretically...

Party Crashers Shop Interview
 Party Crashers Shop Interview 

Party Crashers Shop Interview

They want hundreds of thousands to tell their tale.

(Newser) - The couple who infamously crashed President Barack Obama's first state dinner are peddling their story to broadcast networks for hundreds of thousands of dollars, a television executive says. The executive told the AP that representatives for Michaele and Tareq Salahi contacted networks to urge them to "get their bids...

State Dinner Interlopers Met Obamas

Secret Service confirms failure of procedures

(Newser) - Michaele and Tareq Salahi not only penetrated White House security before Tuesday's state dinner but actually went through the receiving line, where they were greeted by President Obama and Michelle Obama. The red-faced director of the Secret Service released a statement today saying, "Preliminary findings of our internal investigation...

Party-Crashers Conned Secret Service

Couple talked their way past security, may face criminal charges

(Newser) - The state dinner crashers got in on pure chutzpah, conning a Secret Service agent into giving them access without verifying their names in the White House computer even though they weren't on the guest list. A law enforcement official tells MSNBC that rumors an administration official "waved in" Tareq...

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