The Salahis appeared on NBC's "Today" this morning for an interview with Matt Lauer, and the message, which appeared to be well prepared, was that they're working with the Secret Service as it investigated their alleged crashing of President Obama's first state dinner, a fiasco that has caused serious embarrassment to the Secret Service.

They say they were definitely invited to attend.

"Who invited you?" Matt Lauer asks.

"Matt, one of the things that we're doing is we're working closely with the Secret Service in their internal investigation," Tareq Salahi responds. "[We] respect everything they do," his wife, Michaele, interjects.


They also say they've got empirical evidence--"documentation from emails" which, they say, will prove their invitation--that they'll make public in a subsequent interview with Lauer in New York, once it's okay with the Secret Service. The two are supposed to appear, along with Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, before the House Homeland Security Committee on Thursday. The two didn't say whether they'd have the emails with them then.


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