White House crashers met Obama

White House crashers met Obama

A couple who allegedly crashed this week's state dinner at the White House met President Obama in a reception line at the event, a White House official told CNN on Friday.

A White House photograph taken Tuesday evening shows Michaele Salahi, wearing a gold-accented red sari, clasping her hands around Obama's right hand as her smiling husband, Tareq, looks on. The dinner was held for visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is smiling next to the president in the photo.

An investigation into Tareq and Michaele Salahi has found that Secret Service agents did not follow protocol at a security checkpoint, the Secret Service said.

"The Secret Service is deeply concerned and embarrassed by the circumstances surrounding the State Dinner on Tuesday," the agency said in a statement Friday. "The preliminary findings of our internal investigation have determined established protocols were not followed at an initial checkpoint, verifying that two individuals were on the guest list."

The Salahis, who are aspiring reality TV stars, made news when they showed up at Tuesday's state dinner.

The White House says the Salahis were not invited, but their lawyer, Paul W. Garner, "states emphatically that the Salahis did not 'crash' this event," according to a statement from the couple's publicist, Mahogany Jones.

The Secret Service's statement says that although the Salahis went through magnetometers and other levels of screening, "they should have been prohibited from entering the event entirely."

"That failing is ours," the statement said.

The investigation continues and "appropriate measures have been taken to ensure this is not repeated," the agency said.

Also Friday, two Secret Service agents visited a Virginia winery to say they wanted to question the couple, according to the winery's manager.

Diane Weiss, manager at the Oasis Winery in Hume, Virginia, said the agents wanted to speak with the Salahis. Weiss said she didn't know their whereabouts.

The Warren County Report, a local newspaper, quoted Weiss as saying the agents said they wanted to speak with the couple and not arrest them. It also quoted her as saying that the Salahis live in Linden, Virginia, but receive mail at the winery.

And the agents said it was "imperative" that investigators speak with the couple and that they would "take whatever action" is necessary if they did not, the paper quoted Weiss as saying.

Weiss told CNN that the newspaper quoted her accurately, but she declined to elaborate.

Meanwhile, court records have revealed a more complete picture of the Salahis, who have left an extensive paper trail in federal bankruptcy and state court filings.

They are named in at least 16 different civil suits in Fauquier County, Virginia, near Washington, sometimes as plaintiffs, sometimes as defendants. Family members have sued the county and each other. The family winery, Oasis Winery, has sued Michaele Salahi.

They did not respond to CNN requests for comment Thursday about their legal history or the White House dinner.

"At this time the Salahis will not make any formal comments regarding the rumors and media speculation surrounding the White House State Dinner," Jones, their publicist, said in a statement.

Tareq and Michaele Salahi were engaged in a long court battle with his parents over the winery. Tareq Salahi sued his mother, Corinne, court records show, and the suit was dismissed.

The mother sued Tareq Salahi and the case went to trial. The outcome is not clear from a Virginia courts Web site. Tareq and Michaele Salahi won control of the winery in 2007, but it has run into debt since then.

Oasis Winery filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in February of this year, according to U.S. Bankruptcy Court records in the Eastern District of Virginia. Tareq Salahi is listed as company president in the filing. Listed creditors include the IRS, Fauquier County, the state of Virginia, several banks and American Express Corp., among others. The company claims about $335,000 in assets and $965,000 in liabilities.

Volume of cargo loaded, unloaded in Iran’s Bandar Lengeh port announced
Volume of cargo loaded, unloaded in Iran’s Bandar Lengeh port announced
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on April 11
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on April 11
Iran's exports via Jolfa border checkpoint increase
Iran's exports via Jolfa border checkpoint increase
Loading Bars
Latest
Volume of cargo loaded, unloaded in Iran’s Bandar Lengeh port announced
Turkmenistan’s growth of trade turnover in 1Q2021 announced
Turkish electrical goods' 1Q2021 export to Uzbekistan spikes
Azerbaijani president's assistant talks Turkic Council media co-op's systematization
Hungary considers Turkic Council member states important partners
Iran's Energy Exchange announces products to be on sale on April 11
Uzbekistan ready to actively partake in restoring Azerbaijan's liberated territories
Azerbaijan confirms 2,192 more COVID-19 cases, 1,554 recoveries
Turkey did its best in media coverage of Azerbaijan's Patriotic war - presidential administration
Azerbaijani president's assistant meets with Turkic Council's secretary-general
Briefing of Turkic Council's high-ranking media officials held in Baku (VIDEO)
Anti-Turkic campaigns periodically carried out - Azerbaijani president's assistant
Azerbaijan's victory in Second Karabakh War is victory for entire Turkic world - top official
Azerbaijan working to develop ties between Turkic states - president's assistant
Turkic Council developing roadmap for better co-op with Turkic-speaking countries
Turkic-speaking countries to continue to support Azerbaijan - Turkic Council
Armenia's refusal to provide maps of mines on Azerbaijan's lands is concerning - ambassador
Turkic Council's meeting held in Baku (PHOTO)
Iran reveals COVID-19 data for April 10
Kazakh, Uzbek PMs launch construction of new 'Central Asia' int'l co-op center
Turkish Ambassador: I've never separated Azerbaijan and Turkey, both are homeland to me
Buta Airways to Start Operating Flights to Zhukovsky Airport
Turkey's support for Azerbaijan in Karabakh war will always be in our memory - President Aliyev
Azerbaijan's MoD organizes visit for foreign military attaches to Air Force military unit
Turkish-Azerbaijani fraternal relations are at highest level today - President Aliyev
Iran's exports via Jolfa border checkpoint increase
Georgia reports 506 new coronavirus cases for April 10
SOCAR's capex to moderate due to SGC, STAR refinery’s commissioning
Certain licenses issued to setting up enterprises in Iran's Markazi Province
Turkey unveils 2M2021 data on freight, passenger traffic through Ankara Esenboga Airport
Azerbaijani oil prices up
Fitch Affirms SOCAR at 'BB+'
Turkmenistan's state budget revenues surpass initial forecast
Georgian TBC Leasing's secured debt rating equalizes with its Long-Term IDR
Azerbaijani president awards former Turkish ambassador with 'Dostlug' order
President Ilham Aliyev receives Turkish Ambassador to Azerbaijan Erkan Ozoral (PHOTO)
Turkmenistan's GDP grows in 1Q2021
Weekly review of Azerbaijani currency market
Iranian currency rates for April 10
Azerbaijan has favorable investment climate - Turkish MUSIAD
Azerbaijani Mine Action Agency continues to clear Gubadly, Zangilan, Jabrayil from mines
India reports a record 145,384 COVID-19 infections
Armenia set up booby traps on Azerbaijan's de-occupied lands - Mine Action Agency
Azerbaijan's rhythmic gymnasts 2-nd in online tournament organized by Finnish Gymnastics Federation
Azerbaijani gymnastics team captures silver in Egypt (PHOTO)
China's top market regulator imposes penalty on Alibaba Group over monopoly conduct
Iran's Isfahan producing 2,100 tons of medicinal herbs
Japanese entrepreneurs intend to increase imports of Kyrgyz honey
Austrian companies eye contribution to Georgian ports' expansion - ministry
Turkey reports 55,791 new COVID-19 cases
Germany to amend law for nationwide COVID-19 response
World Bank says Azerbaijan's consumer market to grow till 2023
Janssen's COVID-19 vaccine under EU review over blood clots
Number of COVID-2019 cases across globe up by over 718,000 in past day, says WHO
Poland's COVID-19 cases top 2.5 mln
Georgian-Lithuanian co-op facilitates freight transport between China, Europe - Ministry
US accelerator to provide Azerbaijani startup project with big investments
Eurowings to start flights from Dusseldorf to Georgia
NASA's Mars helicopter to attempt first flight
Health Minister hails vaccination in driving down COVID-19 severity in Turkey
Saudi-led coalition intercepts bomb-laden drone towards border city
Azerbaijani president expresses condolences to PM of UK
UN interested in intensifying ties with Azerbaijan - President of General Assembly
Azerbaijani FM, Sec-Gen of Turkic Council discuss issues of mutual interest (PHOTO)
"Georgia Capital" investment company to sell part of its business
Iran's only option on negotiation table - US lifting sanction - Iran’s ambassador to IAEA
Turkmen Helath Ministry opens tender for purchase of medical supplies
South Korean PM to visit Iran for Seoul-Tehran Cooperation
Speaker of Azerbaijani parliament meets with president of 75th session of UN General Assembly (PHOTO)
Azerbaijani president expresses condolences to Queen Elizabeth II
Azerbaijan clearing territory for new settlement of mines in Zangilan district
Azerbaijan aims developing use of wind energy
Russian, Turkish presidents call for restoration of transport infrastructure of South Caucasus
Azerbaijan actively participates in implementation of int’l projects within BTK and North-South corridors
State Oil Company of Azerbaijan digitizes information on oil and gas wells in corporate database
Azerbaijani, Turkish armies Joint Operational-Tactical Exercises end (PHOTO/VIDEO)
International Bank of Azerbaijan opens tender to buy network equipment
Russia always ready for settlement option supported by sides of Karabakh conflict - Foreign Ministry
State Oil Company of Azerbaijan hosts opening ceremony of Visualization Center (PHOTO)
Embassy of India organizes Interactive Webinar to promote Indian spices (PHOTO)
Bank Melli Iran’s branch in Azerbaijan completes Q1 2021 with profit
Uzbekistan receives status of GSP+ system's beneficiary
Turkmenistan's Turkmenhimiya SC opens tender for ammonium nitrate purchase
Turkish business’s interest in Azerbaijan’s Khachmaz district growing (PHOTO)
Azerbaijani defense minister meets with Turkish ambassador
Mine Terror: Armenia's terrifying deceit – Trend’s video project
Georgia and Israel agree on legal employment
President of VimpelCom points out necessity to observe balance between security and privacy on Internet
Latvia looks to promote further cooperation with Azerbaijan in education
U.S. producer prices surge in March
Development Bank of Kazakhstan looking to expand co-op with Turkish businessmen
Main reasons for drop in Kazakhstan's foreign reserves unveiled
Azerbaijan restores production of silk carpets
US, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Georgia to discuss further co-op on cargo transportation
Azerbaijan National Depository Center discloses volume of coupon payments to investors in March
Azerbaijan publishes latest data on vaccinated citizens
Turnover on payment cards in Azerbaijan spikes by late February 2021
Israel Canada to build 450 prestige homes in Hod Hasharon
Spain cuts 2021 growth forecast to 6.5% after first-quarter contraction
Azerbaijan's State Tax Service introducing innovations in its database processing system
All news