Former agent weighs in on Secret Service sex scandal

The Secret Service sex scandal just keeps getting worse and worse. The latest says that some of the prostitues involved were even under age and they may have even compromised the President's schedule! Dan Bongino is a former Secret Service agent who served under both the Bush and Obama administrations. What does he think about the allegations being levied at the world’s premiere protective force? Any chance this actually happened or is a set up more likely? Bongino offered his unique perspective on the scandal to Glenn on radio this morning.

Rush Transcript of Interview:

GLENN:  Investigators probing the secret service process substitute scandal are looking into whether the girls involved now were underage.  This story gets worse and worse and worse and one of the guys who I have great faith in is a -- is a decent, honorable man.  Of course, I've never asked him if he's ever been with hookers -- is Dan Bongino.  He is running for Congress in Maryland.  He is a guy who -- what?

 

STU:  Senate.

 

PAT:  Senate.

 

GLENN:  And he's -- he's -- was with the secret service, did advance work for the secret service under Bush and Obama.  Right, Dan?

 

BONGINO:  That's right, Glenn.

 

GLENN:  Okay.

 

BONGINO:  Thanks for having me.

 

GLENN:  And I'm reading this story, Dan, and I've wanted to talk to you for the last few days.  What is going on here?

 

BONGINO:  What a mess, Glenn.  I mean, personally for me, professionally, we have been out on this story from the start.  You know, we don't only do the good stories, unlike most politicians who go and hide under a rock.  We are -- this is a disgrace.  I have a brother who was on the trip who has been providing information.  Thank God he's not involved in any prostitution component of it, but has been actively involved in it and it is -- it's an embarrassment.  It's a disgrace to the secret service and I really hope and, Glenn, you know a lot of secret service agents.  We've known each other for awhile, that this does not forever tarnish --

 

GLENN:  So you're saying that all of this stuff is true, that this is --

 

BONGINO:  I don't know about all of it because I don't even know at this point who knows when something else if going to leak out or come out at this point, but, yeah, unfortunately a lot of what's come out is true and --

 

GLENN:  Do you believe that there is any kind of foreign influence that these guys were set up at all?

 

BONGINO:  I can't say.  I don't know, but I really can't say for sure, but, you know, certainly, you know, there's always potential for things like that when you get involved of situations of tremendously poor judgment.  That may be the understatement of the year.

 

GLENN:  Tremendously poor judgment.  Hang on just a second.  11 secret service agents?  Is this the kind of behavior that you saw with your comrades?

 

BONGINO:  You know, Glenn, I've always been straight with you and absolutely not.  This is a -- on the presidential protection division where I was, I gave a quote to the New York Times that these guys lived like monks and I meant it.  I meant every word it.  I mean, these guys -- all they -- they used to go to the hotel and they would be (inaudible) to work out.

 

PAT:  Did you ever -- did you ever go on a secret service trip to Columbia, Dan?

 

BONGINO:  Couple of times.  I've been to Bogota.  I've been to Cartagena, yeah.

 

GLENN:  Have you stayed at that hotel?

 

BONGINO:  No, no.  I stayed in the old city, there's a city in the new city and they were in the new city.

 

PAT:  How many hookers were you involved with?

 

BONGINO:  Oh, Glenn.

 

PAT:  Could you even count?

 

GLENN:  That's Pat.  I'm not asking that.  I want to know how many were underage, but that's a different -- that's a different story.  So, hang on just a second.  So, I you've never seen this behavior?

 

BONGINO:  No.

 

GLENN:  So, this is a wild aberration?

 

BONGINO:  Yeah, it is.

 

GLENN:  And did you -- did or did you not receive training and instructions that -- that you have to be on the straight and narrow when you're in a foreign country or even in our country because that puts you in a compromised position?

 

BONGINO:  Sure.  It's almost to the point -- with the training they give you, you've got to take a lot of the online courses and go to -- you know those courses, just click next, next, you have to read them and take tests with them, that I remember people saying, I can't remember we have to take this course again on expected behavior.  The secret service stakes its reputation, I mean, obviously --

 

GLENN:  The reputation --

 

BONGINO:  -- the President of the United States.

 

GLENN:  The reputation of the secret service under this President I contend is being so tarnished.  The limo was stuck and bottomed out.  I mean, I -- who didn't -- who didn't drive that route in advance?  Do you remember that?

 

BONGINO:  Yeah.  Actually --

 

PAT:  It was high centered?  Yeah.

 

GLENN:  It was high centered.  Ridiculous.  They're questioning a little kid up in Oregon in the Seattle area.  All kinds of stuff that have happened with the --

 

PAT:  With the unwanted guests at the parties.

 

GLENN:  Yeah.

 

PAT:  That got through security around the President.

 

GLENN:  Dan, how did that happen?  How did two guests get into the White House?

 

PAT:  Is this a whole new secret service under Obama or what is going on?  How could it have gone so far afield in just the last few years since you've been there, Dan?

 

BONGINO:  As a matter of fact, with the change in administration, some of these agents are the same ones that were with President Bush.  I was there for the transition.  I didn't (inaudible) Bush administration in two years with President Obama.  So, those are problems -- I don't work for the secret service anymore.  I haven't been there for a year, but I have (inaudible) campaign to the former secret service agent and it was my responsibility to get out here and say, Yeah, what you're saying is true.  They've had some real black eyes and it's unfortunate this black eye cements to be the blackest eye of all and at some point they're going to have to move forward.

 

GLENN:  Is our President in danger, Dan?

 

BONGINO:  No, no, not -- although --

 

GLENN:  Well, if you have 11 -- if you have 11 secret service agents with such bad judgment that while he's in one of the most dangerous countries in the world, that they are -- they're having underage -- possible underage sex with hookers, how can we be -- how can we be assured at all?

 

BONGINO:  I know.  This is not a moment where America's proud of our secret service, but I want you to assure you that the guys, a lot of -- I mean, I missed countless birthdays.  I mean, my daughter once told me when I came home -- I was on the road 300 days one year -- you know, dad, I hope you sleep good tonight (inaudible) because I was gone so often.  I mean, these are guys that have really sacrificed, Glenn.  They've sacrificed a lot and they would (inaudible.)  And I really hope this doesn't permanently tarnish those guys.  These guys fools.  They made foolish decisions.  Again, one of them (inaudible.)  Terrible decisions, Glenn, and no one is apologizing for it, but I really hope that those guys who put in blood, sweat, and tears to keep our President alive and have been successful for decades, since the Reagan incident, I really hope this doesn't tarnish for them.  It's embarrassing for them.  It really embarrasses me.  I don't even work for them anymore.  It really stinks having to do these kind of interviews.

 

STU:  It's certainly not something to beat up the secret service and just by the evidence that we've had over the years of talking to so many people from the secret service, this is hard to believe this is anything but an exception.

 

GLENN:  A total aberration.  To me it doesn't make any sense, but then I hear this report.  This is out today and I'd love to get your comment on this.  Your phone is breaking up a little bit.  I don't know if you're moving into a bad section, but listen to this audio.

 

(Audio played.)

 

VOICE:  They don't even insist on regular physical fitness testing or regular firearms requalification testing.  Sometimes they will ask agents to fill out their own test scores on these things which is just dishonest.  All this culture filters down and I think led to this really scandalous situation.

 

GLENN:  Is that true?  Is any of that stuff true?

 

BONGINO:  No.  I think he's talking about moments where, you know, if you were at a UN, during a really busy time, United Nations where no one's in their field office, where you go to a gym at the hotel and do a fitness test because there was just nowhere around.  I mean, that's how you may have filled it out, but there's nothing unusual about it.  That wasn't a big conspiracy.  As for the firearms, if you don't -- you have to shoot every month on the presidential detail.  If you miss a month, that was it.  You were done.  (Inaudible.)  So, I never saw that.

 

GLENN:  Okay.  All right.

 

BONGINO:  But, yeah (inaudible.)

 

GLENN:  All right.  That's good news.  Help me out on one more thing and, that is, according to NBC news, the incident raised a possibility of potential security breach, telling NBC news that all secret service personnel had been given copies of the President's schedule which they were told to lock up safe in their hotel rooms.  If they had hookers in their hotel rooms, didn't that pose a danger to the President of the United States?

 

BONGINO:  You can lock up your paperwork on a secure floor (Inaudible.)  The entire floor, every room.  That's the code.  That's what you do.  If you didn't do that, of course -- and I can't say that happened on this trip.  From my source, it did not.  There was no paperwork.  I can't attest to that personally, Glenn, me not being there, but, yeah, that's wrong if that was the case and forget about a hooker.  Anyone who is a foreign national who is in your room with the President's itenary, that would be disastrous.  I'm hearing that is not the case here, that all the paperwork was properly secured.  You know, I hope, but, again, I wasn't there and I'm not privy to the investigation, but I'm speculating on that.

 

GLENN:  Dan, I appreciate your honesty and, I mean, that's why I called you, because you are a -- you are a guy that I trust.  I have seen you in action.  I've seen your honor and integrity over the years and I respect you and I respect the guys -- you know how I feel about the secret service.

 

BONGINO:  Yeah.  We've had this conversation many times.  He's not lying to you.  On the air, off the air, he's telling the exact same thing.

 

GLENN:  All right.  Thanks a lot, Dan.  God bless you.

 

STU:  He's running for U.S. Senate in Maryland.  Bongino.com is his website.

 

GLENN:  And if I were living in Maryland and had a guy to vote for, Dan Bongino would be the guy.  Did we put the thing up there about all the different people that we're -- that like Dan that I've met with personally?  Is that up at glennbeck.com?

 

STU:  I think it is, yeah.

 

GLENN:  People that I've met with -- if you're looking -- and there's only about 10 of them up there.  If you're looking for, you know, is this guy good, bad guy, I can just tell you I've met with -- I don't know -- 6 or 10 of these guys around the country and this is a list of people that I say I would feel comfortable with these guys.  I think more than comfortable with these guys.  And you can find that list at glennbeck.com and Dan is clearly one of them.

 

From the moment the 33-year-old Thomas Jefferson arrived at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia in 1776, he was on the radical side. That caused John Adams to like him immediately. Then the Congress stuck Jefferson and Adams together on the five-man committee to write a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain, and their mutual admiration society began.

Jefferson thought Adams should write the Declaration. But Adams protested, saying, “It can't come from me because I'm obnoxious and disliked." Adams reasoned that Jefferson was not obnoxious or disliked, therefore he should write it. Plus, he flattered Jefferson, by telling him he was a great writer. It was a master class in passing the buck.

So, over the next 17 days, Jefferson holed up in his room, applying his lawyer skills to the ideas of the Enlightenment. He borrowed freely from existing documents like the Virginia Declaration of Rights. He later wrote that “he was not striving for originality of principle or sentiment." Instead, he hoped his words served as “an expression of the American mind."

It's safe to say he achieved his goal.

The five-man committee changed about 25 percent of Jefferson's first draft of the Declaration before submitting it to Congress. Then, Congress altered about one-fifth of that draft. But most of the final Declaration's words are Jefferson's, including the most famous passage — the Preamble — which Congress left intact. The result is nothing less than America's mission statement, the words that ultimately bind the nation together. And words that we desperately need to rediscover because of our boiling partisan rage.

The Declaration is brilliant in structure and purpose. It was designed for multiple audiences: the King of Great Britain, the colonists, and the world. And it was designed for multiple purposes: rallying the troops, gaining foreign allies, and announcing the creation of a new country.

The Declaration is structured in five sections: the Introduction, Preamble, the Body composed of two parts, and the Conclusion. It's basically the most genius breakup letter ever written.

In the Introduction, step 1 is the notificationI think we need to break up. And to be fair, I feel I owe you an explanation...

When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another…

The Continental Congress felt they were entitled by “the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God" to “dissolve the political bands," but they needed to prove the legitimacy of their cause. They were defying the world's most powerful nation and needed to motivate foreign allies to join the effort. So, they set their struggle within the entire “Course of human events." They're saying, this is no petty political spat — this is a major event in world history.

Step 2 is declaring what you believe in, your standardsHere's what I'm looking for in a healthy relationship...

This is the most famous part of the Declaration; the part school children recite — the Preamble:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.

That's as much as many Americans know of the Declaration. But the Preamble is the DNA of our nation, and it really needs to be taken as a whole:

That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness.

The Preamble takes us through a logical progression: All men are created equal; God gives all humans certain inherent rights that cannot be denied; these include the rights to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; to protect those rights, we have governments set up; but when a government fails to protect our inherent rights, people have the right to change or replace it.

Government is only there to protect the rights of mankind. They don't have any power unless we give it to them. That was an extraordinarily radical concept then and we're drifting away from it now.

The Preamble is the justification for revolution. But note how they don't mention Great Britain yet. And again, note how they frame it within a universal context. These are fundamental principles, not just squabbling between neighbors. These are the principles that make the Declaration just as relevant today. It's not just a dusty parchment that applied in 1776.

Step 3 is laying out your caseHere's why things didn't work out between us. It's not me, it's you...

This is Part 1 of the Body of the Declaration. It's the section where Jefferson gets to flex his lawyer muscles by listing 27 grievances against the British crown. This is the specific proof of their right to rebellion:

He has obstructed the administration of justice...

For imposing taxes on us without our consent...

For suspending our own legislatures...

For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us...

Again, Congress presented these “causes which impel them to separation" in universal terms to appeal to an international audience. It's like they were saying, by joining our fight you'll be joining mankind's overall fight against tyranny.

Step 4 is demonstrating the actions you took I really tried to make this relationship work, and here's how...

This is Part 2 of the Body. It explains how the colonists attempted to plead their case directly to the British people, only to have the door slammed in their face:

In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury...

They too have been deaf to the voice of justice... We must, therefore... hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.

This basically wrapped up America's argument for independence — we haven't been treated justly, we tried to talk to you about it, but since you refuse to listen and things are only getting worse, we're done here.

Step 5 is stating your intent — So, I think it's best if we go our separate ways. And my decision is final...

This is the powerful Conclusion. If people know any part of the Declaration besides the Preamble, this is it:

...that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved...

They left no room for doubt. The relationship was over, and America was going to reboot, on its own, with all the rights of an independent nation.

And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.

The message was clear — this was no pitchfork mob. These were serious men who had carefully thought through the issues before taking action. They were putting everything on the line for this cause.

The Declaration of Independence is a landmark in the history of democracy because it was the first formal statement of a people announcing their right to choose their own government. That seems so obvious to us now, but in 1776 it was radical and unprecedented.

In 1825, Jefferson wrote that the purpose of the Declaration was “not to find out new principles, or new arguments, never before thought of… but to place before mankind the common sense of the subject, in terms so plain and firm… to justify ourselves in the independent stand we are compelled to take."

You're not going to do better than the Declaration of Independence. Sure, it worked as a means of breaking away from Great Britain, but its genius is that its principles of equality, inherent rights, and self-government work for all time — as long as we actually know and pursue those principles.

On June 7, 1776, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia at the Pennsylvania State House, better known today as Independence Hall. Virginia delegate Richard Henry Lee introduced a motion calling for the colonies' independence. The “Lee Resolution" was short and sweet:

Resolved, That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved.

Intense debate followed, and the Congress voted 7 to 5 (with New York abstaining) to postpone a vote on Lee's Resolution. They called a recess for three weeks. In the meantime, the delegates felt they needed to explain what they were doing in writing. So, before the recess, they appointed a five-man committee to come up with a formal statement justifying a break with Great Britain. They appointed two men from New England — Roger Sherman and John Adams; two from the middle colonies — Robert Livingston and Benjamin Franklin; and one Southerner — Thomas Jefferson. The responsibility for writing what would become the Declaration of Independence fell to Jefferson.

In the rotunda of the National Archives building in Washington, D.C., there are three original documents on permanent display: the Constitution, the Bill of Rights, and the Declaration of Independence. These are the three pillars of the United States, yet America barely seems to know them anymore. We need to get reacquainted — quickly.

In a letter to his friend John Adams in 1816, Jefferson wrote: “I like the dreams of the future, better than the history of the past."

America used to be a forward-looking nation of dreamers. We still are in spots, but the national attitude that we hear broadcast loudest across media is not looking toward the future with optimism and hope. In late 2017, a national poll found 59% of Americans think we are currently at the “lowest point in our nation's history that they can remember."

America spends far too much time looking to the past for blame and excuse. And let's be honest, even the Right is often more concerned with “owning the left" than helping point anyone toward the practical principles of the Declaration of Independence. America has clearly lost touch with who we are as a nation. We have a national identity crisis.

The Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

It is urgent that we get reacquainted with the Declaration of Independence because postmodernism would have us believe that we've evolved beyond the America of our founding documents, and thus they're irrelevant to the present and the future. But the Declaration of Independence is America's thesis statement, and without it America doesn't exist.

Today, much of the nation is so addicted to partisan indignation that "day-to-day" indignation isn't enough to feed the addiction. So, we're reaching into America's past to help us get our fix. In 2016, Democrats in the Louisiana state legislature tabled a bill that would have required fourth through sixth graders to recite the opening lines of the Declaration. They didn't table it because they thought it would be too difficult or too patriotic. They tabled it because the requirement would include the phrase “all men are created equal" and the progressives in the Louisiana legislature didn't want the children to have to recite a lie. Representative Barbara Norton said, “One thing that I do know is, all men are not created equal. When I think back in 1776, July the fourth, African Americans were slaves. And for you to bring a bill to request that our children will recite the Declaration, I think it's a little bit unfair to us. To ask our children to recite something that's not the truth. And for you to ask those children to repeat the Declaration stating that all men's are free. I think that's unfair."

Remarkable — an elected representative saying it wouldn't be fair for students to have to recite the Declaration because “all men are not created equal." Another Louisiana Democrat explained that the government born out of the Declaration “was used against races of people." I guess they missed that part in school where they might have learned that the same government later made slavery illegal and amended the Constitution to guarantee all men equal protection under the law. The 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments were an admission of guilt by the nation regarding slavery, and an effort to right the wrongs.

Yet, the progressive logic goes something like this: many of the men who signed the Declaration of Independence, including Thomas Jefferson who wrote it, owned slaves; slavery is evil; therefore, the Declaration of Independence is not valid because it was created by evil slave owners.

It's a sad reality that the left has a very hard time appreciating the universal merits of the Declaration of Independence because they're so hung up on the long-dead issue of slavery. And just to be clear — because people love to take things out of context — of course slavery was horrible. Yes, it is a total stain on our history. But defending the Declaration of Independence is not an effort to excuse any aspect of slavery.

Okay then, people might say, how could the Founders approve the phrase “All men are created equal," when many of them owned slaves? How did they miss that?

They didn't miss it. In fact, Thomas Jefferson included an anti-slavery passage in his first draft of the Declaration. The paragraph blasted King George for condoning slavery and preventing the American Colonies from passing legislation to ban slavery:

He has waged cruel war against human nature itself, violating its most sacred rights to life and liberty in the persons of a distant people who never offended him, captivating and carrying them into slavery in another hemisphere... Determined to keep open a market where men should be bought and sold, he has prostituted his negative for suppressing every legislative attempt to prohibit or to restrain this execrable commerce.

We don't say “execrable" that much anymore. It means, utterly detestable, abominable, abhorrent — basically very bad.

Jefferson was upset when Georgia and North Carolina threw up the biggest resistance to that paragraph. Ultimately, those two states twisted Congress' arm to delete the paragraph.

Still, how could a man calling the slave trade “execrable" be a slaveowner himself? No doubt about it, Jefferson was a flawed human being. He even had slaves from his estate in Virginia attending him while he was in Philadelphia, in the very apartment where he was writing the Declaration.

Many of the Southern Founders deeply believed in the principles of the Declaration yet couldn't bring themselves to upend the basis of their livelihood. By 1806, Virginia law made it more difficult for slave owners to free their slaves, especially if the owner had significant debts as Jefferson did.

At the same time, the Founders were not idiots. They understood the ramifications of signing on to the principles described so eloquently in the Declaration. They understood that logically, slavery would eventually have to be abolished in America because it was unjust, and the words they were committing to paper said as much. Remember, John Adams was on the committee of five that worked on the Declaration and he later said that the Revolution would never be complete until the slaves were free.

Also, the same generation that signed the Declaration started the process of abolition by banning the importation of slaves in 1807. Jefferson was President at the time and he urged Congress to pass the law.

America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough.

The Declaration took a major step toward crippling the institution of slavery. It made the argument for the first time about the fundamental rights of all humans which completely undermined slavery. Planting the seeds to end slavery is not nearly commendable enough for leftist critics, but you can't discount the fact that the seeds were planted. It's like they started an expiration clock for slavery by approving the Declaration. Everything that happened almost a century later to end slavery, and then a century after that with the Civil Rights movement, flowed from the principles voiced in the Declaration.

Ironically for a movement that calls itself progressive, it is obsessed with retrying and judging the past over and over. Progressives consider this a better use of time than actually putting past abuses in the rearview and striving not to be defined by ancestral failures.

It can be very constructive to look to the past, but not when it's used to flog each other in the present. Examining history is useful in providing a road map for the future. And America has an obvious road map that, as a nation, we're not consulting often enough. But it's right there, the original, under glass. The ink is fading, but the words won't die — as long as we continue to discuss them.

'Good Morning Texas' gives exclusive preview of Mercury One museum

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Mercury One is holding a special exhibition over the 4th of July weekend, using hundreds of artifacts, documents and augmented reality experiences to showcase the history of slavery — including slavery today — and a path forward. Good Morning Texas reporter Paige McCoy Smith went through the exhibit for an exclusive preview with Mercury One's chief operating officer Michael Little on Tuesday.

Watch the video below to see the full preview.

Click here to purchase tickets to the museum (running from July 4 - 7).

Over the weekend, journalist Andy Ngo and several other apparent right-leaning people were brutally beaten by masked-gangs of Antifa protesters in Portland, Oregon. Short for "antifascist," Antifa claims to be fighting for social justice and tolerance — by forcibly and violently silencing anyone with opposing opinions. Ngo, who was kicked, punched, and sprayed with an unknown substance, is currently still in the hospital with a "brain bleed" as a result of the savage attack. Watch the video to get the details from Glenn.