Party Crashers

Salahis Sought Invites From Pentagon

Tareq and Michaele Salahi turned over an email correspondence with Pentagon official Michele Jones today—friends say the emails will clear them of wrongdoing in their State Dinner party crash, but Jones says it's a lie. The Washington Post reports that Jones is special assistant to the secretary of Defense and the White House's Pentagon liaison; she is apparently friends with the Salahis' lawyer. While Team Salahi maintains that the emails prove the sharp-elbowed pair believed they had permission to attend the dinner, Jones is adamant: "I did not state at any time, or imply that I had tickets for ANY portion of the evening's events. I specifically stated that they did not have tickets and in fact that I did not have the authority to authorize attendance, admittance, or access to any part of the evening's activities." Jones is a former top sergeant major in the Army and was a featured speaker at the 2008 Democratic National Convention. Her military career included being the first female class president at the U.S. Sergeant Major Academy.