Security of FBI Background Files, July 17, 1996, Hearing before the Committee on Government Reform and Oversight House of Representatives, One Hundred Fourth Congress, Second Session, July 17, 1996 [open pdf - 9MB]
From the opening statement of William F. Clinger, Jr.: "Over the past month, the White House has provided several conflicting explanations about how it obtained hundreds of FBI [Federal Bureau of Investigation]background files in the fall of 1993 and the winter of 1994. The FBI Director has acknowledged that these were, in his words, egregious violations of privacy. The White House initially released statements from Craig Livingstone's attorney claiming that these activities of Livingstone and Marceca were all an, quote, innocent mistake. Why did the White House so quickly endorse the explanations of Mr. Livingstone and Mr. Marceca before getting all of the facts? […] Why would the White House scapegoat the Secret Service for what seems to me abundantly clear, to cover its own shortcomings? Whatever the reason for the White House's assorted and conflicting explanations of the past month, it is clear that the Secret Service wasn't at fault, as evidenced by Craig Livingstone's own statement to Special Agent Arnold Cole, who is with us this morning, which he made on June 7, when he said, 'We just wanted you guys to know that we weren't blaming the Secret Service. Using an old list was our fault, and we had the current stuff you guys gave us. I don't know what happened.' That is sworn testimony from a decorated Secret Service agent." Statements, letters, and materials submitted for the record include those of the following: William F. Clinger, Jr., John Libonati, Jeffrey Undercoffer, Arnold Cole, and Dan Burton.
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