Revealed: The emails that prove White House crashers KNEW they were not invited to state dinner

The attention-hungry couple that crashed the Obama administration's first state dinner
have claimed they were invited to the event and did not 'crash' the event.

But an email exchange released today proves that Tareq and Michaele Salahi were always aware that they had not been confirmed as guests at the event.

On NBC's Today show yesterday, the Salahis said they had e-mails that would make clear they did not go to the White House uninvited, but said they could not yet provide them while they were cooperating with the Secret Service on its internal investigation.

Tareq and Michaele Salahi claim they were unaware that they had not been confirmed as guest at the State Dinner held at the White House, but email exchanges prove otherwise

Tareq and Michaele Salahi claim they were unaware that they had not been confirmed as guest at the State Dinner held at the White House, but email exchanges prove otherwise

'I can tell you we did not party-crash the White House,' Tareq Salahi said.

However, in an email sent just hours after last week's dinner they admitted to Pentagon official Michelle Jones that they went without a confirmed invitation - just in case they got approved at the last minute.

Tareq and Michaele later claimed their mobile phone battery had died preventing them from hearing a voicemail earlier that day advising them they were not on the guest list.

The emails between the Salahis and Jones show the couple contacted Jones, a special assistant to Defense Secretary Robert Gates and a Pentagon-based White House liaison, who spent four days trying to get them the invitation.

Jones told the Salahis that she would try to get them access to part of the state dinner and asked for their federal Social Security numbers and other data needed to obtain clearance.

Enlarge   Barack Obama greeting  Michaele and Tareq Salahi

This White House photo shows President Obama greeting Michaele and Tareq Salahi, right, at a State Dinner hosted by Obama for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the White House

Michaele is hoping to land a part in reality show The Real Housewives of the O.C.

Michaele is hoping to land a part in reality show The Real Housewives of the O.C.

An administration official said Tuesday night that Jones asked her deputy to email the Salahis information to the White House Office of Public Engagement.

The day before the state dinner, Jones emailed Salahi that she was still trying, "but it doesn't seem likely."

Salahi replied with a list of people he said were invited to the dinner but unable to make it, including Senator Harry Reid and his wife. Salahi told Jones the Reids went home for Thanksgiving.

Jones replied, 'This will help also!'

However, at 8.46am the day of the dinner, Jones wrote: 'I will call or email as soon as I get word one way or another.'

According to the administration official who obtained the email exchanges, the White House told Jones the Salahis could not get in to the dinner and Jones then left the Salahis a voicemail before the dinner that they did not get an invitation.

The emails show the Salahis had told Jones earlier that the best way to reach them was through their mobile phone.

At 1am last Wednesday - hours after the dinner ended - the Salahis emailed Jones to say their "cell phone battery died early this evening while we were in DC" and they just received her voicemail message but had gone earlier to the White House anyway.

The Salahis wrote that they drove to the White House at 6.30pm "to just check in, in case it got approved since we didn't know, and our name was indeed on the list!" Adding that that they had got in and had a "wonderful evening."

Jones replied: 'You are most welcome. I hear the smile in your email. Am delighted you and Michaele had a wonderful time.'

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs, however, said Tuesday there was no misunderstanding - the Salahis were not invited to the dinner.

'One thing is clear, on the night of the state dinner incident the Secret Service was responsible for checking the names on the guest list,' Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said.

'That was the plan. ... We have acknowledged our mistake in letting two individuals who were not on the guest list into the White House.'

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan is expected to testify before the House of Representatives Homeland Security Committee about the incident on Thursday.

Tareq Salahi and Michaele Salahi pose during the 2006 Leukemia Ball on March 11, 2006 in Washington, DC.

The incident involving Tareq and Michaele Salahi has led White House officials to make immediate changes to the hosting of their events

The Salahis and White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers have also been invited to testify.

The revelations come as it has been revealed that the couple were ejected from another party earlier this year.

It has been reported that the Salahis attended a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation awards dinner - and questions have since arisen about whether they were invited to that event.

Muriel Cooper, a spokeswoman for foundation, said the Salahis were escorted out of the dinner on September 26.

She said the couple was sitting at a $20,000-per-table section at the event where Obama was the keynote speaker.

When other guests complained that someone was in their seats, the Salahis were asked to show their tickets. They were asked to leave when they couldn't produce them.

'They didn't argue,' Cooper said. 'They just looked a little sheepish and were escorted out.'

Tareq Salahi told Today they were invited to that party as well and denied being escorted out.

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