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Jenna, Barbara Bush Were Secret Service Nightmare: Book

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 08/20/09 06:12 AM ET Updated: 05/25/11 02:40 PM ET

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A new book by Ronald Kessler claims the Bush twins gave Secret Service agents lots of trouble.

"Jenna would purposely try to lose her protection by going through red lights or by jumping in her car without telling agents where she was going. As a result, in a total waste of manpower, the Secret Service kept her car under surveillance so agents could follow her," he writes, according to a New York Post preview.

In his book "Bush's Law," New York Times reporter Eric Lichtblau wrote that the Secret Service worked with Mexican government agents to help a 19-year-old Jenna Bush go on a bar-hopping trip south of the border. The story was set to run in a major newspaper on September 12, 2001; it was never published.

Kessler, a former reporter for the Washington Post, now writes for the conservative website Newsmax. His book, "In the President's Secret Service: Behind the Scenes with Agents in the Line of Fire and the Presidents They Protect," comes out in August.

Before leaving office, President Bush signed a directive authorizing the Secret Service to provide a period of extended protection for Jenna and Barbara.


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