Intense Vetting Underway For Obama Hires: "You're Guilty Until Proven Innocent"

12/19/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

The first thing then-White House chief of staff Kenneth Duberstein did was apologize to the job candidate he was about to interview. He told him he was going to ask him very personal questions that would make them both uncomfortable.

"You're going to want to go home and take a shower when this is over -- and so am I," Duberstein says he told the candidate, a man whose privacy he insists on protecting, even two decades later.