Secret Service DOES maintain records of visitors to President Biden’s Wilmington house – conducting background checks which generate electronic records that are NEVER expunged
- The White House said this week that they do not keep logs of visitors to Biden’s home because it is a ‘personal residence’
- But DailyMail.com can reveal that the Secret Service maintains records of visitors to the homes of all presidents and former presidents
- Spokesman Anthony Guglielmi conceded that the Secret Service DOES in fact maintain records of visitors in an interview with DailyMail.com
Ronald Kessler, a former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal investigative reporter, is the New York Times bestselling author of 21 books, including ‘The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents’
Both the White House and Secret Service told reporters tracking President Biden’s mishandling of classified documents at his Wilmington residence that they do not keep records of visitors to his home because it is a personal residence.
‘Like every president in decades of modern history, his personal residence is personal,’ the White House Counsel’s Office said Monday.
Likewise, Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said the agency does not track people who visit a president’s personal home, because it is a ‘private residence’.
That is misleading at best.
In fact, the Secret Service does maintain records of visitors to the homes of all presidents and former presidents, including Biden’s Wilmington home.
The White House and Secret Service said this week that they do not keep records of visitors to Biden’s Wilmington home because it is a personal residence. But DailyMail.com can reveal that is misleading at best
Biden is under heat for having classified documents in his Delaware home. An aerial view of the lakefront mansion is pictured
In an interview, Guglielmi acknowledged that, before anyone visits the home of Biden or any other former president, the Secret Service conducts a background check that generates electronic records on the visit and the results of the background check.
Those records are never expunged.
Guglielmi told DailyMail.com he never intended to mislead. When asked for comment by reporters, he said he explained how guests and workers who enter the homes of Biden and other former presidents are screened.
While logs recording visits are not kept as they are at the White House, electronic records are generated and retained, but the reporters tended to leave out the full story, he said.
Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Secret Service, misled when he said the agency does not track people who visit a president’s personal home. He later told DailyMail.com he never intended to mislead
As at Biden’s home, anyone who visits former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home or enters its grounds must first provide details of his or her identity so a background check can be conducted. The check is part of what is called Access Control Procedure.
And on Friday, Fox News revealed that the Secret Service is prepared to hand over names of Biden’s Wilmington visitors, if requested by Congress.
‘When a visitor is to come to Biden’s home in Wilmington, his staff notifies the Secret Service and provides details on the visitor’s identity,’ says Norm Jarvis, a former Secret Service agent.
‘An electronic check is conducted to uncover any criminal records, warrants for arrests, or contact with a foreign intelligence service. The electronic records on the background check and the visit are never expunged.’
Once the individual is cleared, he or she must show some form of identification upon arrival, Jarvis says.
There has been just one exception to the rules. At the direction of former President Clinton, it waived the requirement that visitors to his Chappaqua home check in and undergo a Secret Service background check when the visitor was a woman Secret Service agents jokingly code-named Energizer.
‘When a visitor is to come to Biden’s home in Wilmington, his staff notifies the Secret Service and provides details on the visitor’s identity,’ former Secret Service agent Norm Jarvis said. The entrance to Biden’s Wilmington home is pictured
An electronic check is conducted to uncover any criminal records for anyone who enters a president’s home. ‘The electronic records on the background check and the visit are never expunged,’ Jarvis said
As revealed in ‘The First Family Detail,’ a Secret Service agent recalled that when he was first assigned to guard Bill Clinton at Chappaqua, a supervisor walked him around the complex, showing him all the security posts and describing how to work each one.
‘At the front post, where there is a guard booth, I was instructed on what to do when a visitor drives up,’ the agent said. ‘Gather, collect, and maintain a picture form of ID, log them in to the visitors’ book, and make sure they’re on the list to come in,’ he said.
Book ‘The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of the Presidents’ is written by Ronald Kessler
‘If they weren’t, there’s someone you could call,’ the agent said. ‘There’s a certain protocol you go down, and it was scripted with everything you do. And as I was being instructed by the supervisor, he told me, ”Except there’s one that you don’t log into the book: the blonde.”’
Smiling, the agent asked: ‘What do you mean?’
‘Well, you’ll know,’ the supervisor said. ‘She’s maybe in her forties, attractive, blond, tan,’ the supervisor said. He said she lived nearby and drove an SUV.
‘When she comes in, you don’t log her in,’ the supervisor instructed. ‘You don’t take her ID.’
Nor, he said, should the agent run her name, date of birth, and Social Security number through the criminal databases the Secret Service uses to check on arrests, outstanding warrants, and other potential problems such as contact with a foreign intelligence service.
No other exceptions were to be made, whether they were landscapers, Clinton staffers, or relatives. Only the president and vice president are exempt from such security checks.
‘If we know about it ahead of time, we’ll call you and let you know to open the gate for her,’ the supervisor said. ‘You don’t stop her, you don’t approach her, you just let her go in.’
Bill and Hillary Clinton are pictured at their Chappaqua, New York, home in 2000. At the direction of former President Clinton, the Secret Service waived the requirement that visitors to his home check in when the visitor was a blond woman agents jokingly code-named Energizer. She would show up when Hillary was gone
Donald Trump on Thursday said Biden was getting the ‘white glove treatment’ after classified documents were found in his home
Anyone who visits former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home or enters its grounds must first provide details of his or her identity so a background check can be conducted. The check is part of what is called Access Control Procedure
When the newly assigned agent began talking with other agents at the command post located over the Clintons’ detached garage, he learned his fellow agents’ unofficial code name for the woman: Energizer.
The code name beginning with ‘E’ followed Secret Service protocol: In assigning code names to a protectee’s family, the Secret Service chooses names that all start with the same letter. Thus, Bill Clinton is Eagle. When she was protected, Chelsea Clinton was Energy.
As a former first lady who is protected by the Secret Service, Hillary Clinton has the code name Evergreen.
Whenever Hillary left town, Energizer would arrive.
‘It was kind of funny,’ said another agent who was assigned to Chappaqua. ‘She [Hillary] would leave, and the mistress would arrive just a few minutes later. Obviously, someone has made a phone call.’
‘The mistress would show up sometimes moments after Hillary had left,’ a third agent said.
‘I let her in many times at the front gate,’ another agent said. ‘Normally, we held a driver’s license or other form of picture ID when visitors were in the residence. The ID was kept at the main gate’s guard booth we manned 24/7. Not so in her case.’
‘I would log in John Doe, the lawn maintenance contractor, or his staff members, and check them out, but you’ll never see a record of Energizer anywhere,’ the first agent said.