White House 'Gate-Crashers' Want Big Bucks To Tell-All

Nov. 30 2009, Published 1:30 p.m. ET

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The White House gate-crashing couple is looking to cash-in on their exploits by selling the first exclusive interview for a six-figure sum.

Tareq and Michaele Salahi - who got up close and personal with President Barack Obama – have pulled out of a planned interview with CNN because they want to land a big pay check for their tell-all.

Representatives for the couple have approached network chiefs asking for hundreds of thousands of dollars for the low-down on how the pair foiled the Secret Service and breached White House security.

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Major networks have been encouraged to get their bids in to secure the interview about the incident that sent shockwaves though Washington D.C.

Although their names were not on the official list managed by the Secret Service, the Salahis apparently had no trouble gaining entrance to the dinner honoring Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

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Michaele Salahai has been trying to land a spot on Bravo’s The Real Housewifes of D.C. with many people claiming the whole incident was just a huge publicity stunt by the couple. revealed that the aspiring socialites are no strangers to controversy as they have been named, either as defendants or plaintiffs on 16 different lawsuits. One of their businesses is in bankruptcy. Tareq has even sued his own mother.

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Through competing lawsuits, the couple won control of Oasis Winery from Tareq's mother in 2007 but quickly ran the Virginia establishment into financial ruin.

Oasis filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in February, listing the IRS and American Express among the unpaid creditors.

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It also owed $224,000 for "rental of FedEx Redskins Suite and related hospitality services."

Among assets they'd acquired with Oasis money -- but had already been subject to repo -- were a $150,000 Aston Martin and a $90,000 boat.

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It remains to be seen if charges are brought against the pair who have reportedly been questioned by the Secret Service following the incident that was reported worldwide.



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