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