News German Press Agency: Hutcherson Told Latvian Officials He Represented the White House
posted by March 28 at 12:05 PMon
One of the central questions about this visit is whether Hutcherson passed himself off as a White House envoy without White House permission, a possible federal crime. DPA reports:
While in the country [Hutcherson] met with senior officials, including the minister for integration and the head of the parliamentary human-rights committee - both of whom believed him to be linked with [the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives].
“Yes, he is working as this organization’s envoy,” said the head of Latvia’s parliamentary human-rights committee, Janis Smits.
“He said he was a representative of the office. The ministry of integration should be open to all, so I generally trust people and don’t ask them if they have their credentials,” added Integration Minister Oskars Kastens. Hutcherson was carrying a file bearing the US coat of arms, he said.
In this DPA story, Hutcherson continues to claim that the White House was behind him, although he appears to now be backpedaling on his claim that he asked for, and received, the title of “Special Envoy” from the White House:
White House officials contacted by Deutsche Presse-Agentur denied that Hutcherson had any link with the office.
Hutcherson “was not appointed ‘special envoy’ by [the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives],” said White House spokeswoman Alyssa McClenning.
He has no official status or links with the body which would legitimately allow him to claim to represent the White House on a foreign visit, she added.
Hutcherson responded angrily to the comment, saying that he “did not appreciate being called a flat liar” and that the White House press office were unaware of his role.
“I never asked for a title: I asked for the power, the clout… The people in the press office don’t know what’s been going on in the upper office,” he said.
Perhaps. It also appears that Hutcherson does not remember what he wrote to his followers on March 6…
March 6, 2007
Dear Prayer Warrior,
Thank you for praying. What a blessing in answered prayer!
I just received the Special Commission from Faith Based regarding Family Values, Adoption, Religious Freedom, and Medical Relief. The head of Faith Based is contacting people in the State Department to follow up on the Ambassadorship.
Receiving a Special Commission is a HUGE answer to prayer. Thank you for your continued prayers,
…and on March 16:
March 16, 2007
Dear Prayer Warrior,
Thank you for praying for my call to the White House Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. It went very well.
I was honored to receive a commission by the White House Office of Faith Based and Community Initiatives as a Special Envoy in the following areas: Adoptions, Family Values, Religious Freedom, and Medical Relief, which allowed me to meet with the Latvian government….
Continue to pray that the new influence that God has granted through me serving as a special envoy for the White House will be effectively used as I deal with the adoption issue in the United States this next week.