A former Secret Service agent claims he witnessed a pattern of corruption, arrogance and abuse of power while working as President Obama’s bodyguard. Now retired and running for the House of Representatives in the Sixth District of Maryland as a Republican, Dan Bongino is making some very disturbing allegations about the Obama administration.
“The president sees government – and I think it’s because of his lack of experience and maybe community organizing in the past – as this shiny new toy,” Bongino told Glenn Beck.
He said of the recent scandals, “It’s to the point where these scandals in and of themselves would be huge back-breaking scandals [but] are just lost in the scandal fog of this administration… It’s worse than people know… and I’m not trying to scare you either.”
Bongino has made a number of disturbing charges against Obama in media interviews and in a recent book, Life Inside the Bubble: Why a Top-Ranked Secret Service Agent Walked Away from It All. Bongino claims he was so disgusted by what he saw inside the Obama White House he quit his job and went public with his charges.
What the Secret Service agent saw
Although it should be noted that he doesn’t provide much evidence to back them up, a few of his allegations include:
- Bongino claims to have witnessed President Obama or somebody else in his administration “shaking down” Jamie Dimon, the CEO of JPMorgan Chase, one of the nation’s largest banks.
- Members of the Obama White House staff were frequently drunk on overseas trips, Bongino told The Baltimore Sun. Bongino doesn’t reveal who the drunken staff members were or when they were drunk.
- President Obama was far too harsh on Secret Service personnel caught up in last year’s prostitution scandal when agents were accused of consorting with prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia. “The only bad behavior I ever witnessed at those events was by intoxicated White House Staff,” Bongino said. “I felt the President’s harsh words were inappropriate. He failed to acknowledge that this was a pattern of behavior that was not uncommon among his own staff members within the White House.” Bongino’s brother, who is also a Secret Service agent, was caught up in the prostitution scandal, according to The Baltimore Sun. The brother was later cleared by investigators.
- Bongino claims the scandals in the Obama White House were worse than the other administrations he witnessed.
“For all the disagreements I had with Clinton, Carter and Bush there were always limits there as that line you just didn’t cross,” Bongino said. “We cross it seemingly every day, we’re lost in the scandals.”
Bongino won the GOP nomination for a U.S. Senate seat in Maryland last year but lost the general election to Democrat Ben Cardin. Bongino is planning to challenge Rep. John Delaney, a Democrat in next year’s election.
Similar to other charges
The interesting thing is that Bongino’s charges are very similar to those made by former Washington Post editor Leonard Downie Jr., who compared the atmosphere inside the Obama White House to the Nixon Administration. Downie alleged that Obama has waged a war on the press similar to Nixon’s in a special report for the Committee to Protect Journalists, as Off The Grid News reported.
Veteran New York Times correspondent David E. Sanger went even farther, calling the Obama White House “the most closed, control freak administration, I’ve ever covered.”