Monday, March 19, 2012

Letter to U.S. Secret Service: 2/20/95

February 20, 1995
3801 Connecticut Ave., NW
Washington, DC  20008

Philip C. Leadroot
Special Agent
U.S. Secret Service
Washington, DC  20036

Dear Mr. Leadroot:

Enclosed are copies of two letters, dated April 9, 1994 and August 27, 1994, that I sent to former U.S. Representative Thomas S. Foley, Democrat of Spokane, Washington.  The purpose of the letters was to request Mr. Foley's assistance in obtaining the results of psychological testing that were on file at a mental health facility in Spokane, Washington.  At the time of the communications, Mr. Foley was serving as Speaker of the House of Representatives and, under the 25th Amendment, third in line to succeed to the office of President of the United States.  I assume that Congressman Foley, as House Speaker, was a protectee of the U.S. Secret Service.

I want to direct your attention to the fact that the enclosed communications refer to several rather disturbing issues: that the Government of the District of Columbia determined that I suffered from a severe mental disturbance that rendered me paranoid and potentially violent, and that my former employer had determined that I was a potential "mass murderer."

To the best of my knowledge, Mr. Foley did not bring the enclosed communications to the attention of the U.S. Secret Service, notwithstanding the fact that they appeared to have been written by someone who might be extremely mentally unstable and dangerous.  The attachment to one of the letters discusses President Clinton.

This matter raises an issue that falls squarely within the investigative jurisdiction of the U.S. Secret Service, namely, why a protectee would fail to alert the Secret Service to the fact that he was receiving a series of disturbing and peculiar letters from a mentally ill and possibly dangerous individual.

You may wish to note that Thomas Foley is a close personal friend of Robert S. Strauss, founding partner of my former employer, the law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld.  On January 12, 1995, Akin Gump announced that Mr. Foley, who had lost his seat in Congress in the 1994 general election, would be joining the firm as a partner.


Gary Freedman


Gary Freedman said...

November 21, 1998
3801 Connecticut Avenue, NW #136
Washington, DC 20008-4530

Stephan J. Horan, S.A.
United States Capitol Police
Threat Assessment Section
Room 605
119 D Street, NE
Washington, DC 20510-7218

Dear Mr. Horan:

I submit a copy of a letter dated August 27, 1994 that I sent to Thomas S. Foley, who, at that time was Speaker of the House of Representatives and represented the congressional district that included Spokane, Washington, where I resided from 1979-1980. I sent a copy of the letter to the FBI.

No law enforcement agents contacted me about the letter, despite the fact that the letter contains several disturbing references and was the second such letter that I sent to Foley. Foley's office did not respond to my letters.

This will advise you of several biographical facts about Foley.

He is a close friend of Akin Gump management partner Robert S. Strauss, Esq., and joined the firm as partner in 1995, following his election loss in November 1994;

His wife Heather Foley served as the chief of staff of his congressional office; Heather Foley also serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the George Washington University;

Foley is currently U.S. Ambassador to Japan.


Gary Freedman

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