Gary Aldrich (born May 22, 1945) is a former FBI agent and author from Amsterdam, New York. His wife Nina is also an ex-FBI agent, and they have 3 children. Gary graduated from Miami Dade College. He founded the Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, whose aim is, “promoting the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights and supporting the right of citizens to engage in ethical dissent.”
Aldrich served in the FBI for 26 years and was assigned to the White House bracketing the Reagan and Clinton Administrations. In his White House post, he was the responsible for background checks for positions including White House Counsel, Chief of Staff, Secretary of State, Attorney General, FBI Director, and other cabinet posts. Prior to his White House assignment, Aldrich held liaison positions in both the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate. From 1969–1986, he served as FBI Special Agent Investigator in Austin, Los Angeles, Miami, and Washington, D.C.
In 1996, Aldrich authored the #1 New York Times Bestseller Unlimited Access: An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton White House (published by Regnery Publishing), on national security lapses he allegedly observed in the Clinton administration. The book was praised in many conservative circles.
In 1997, Aldrich formed a nonprofit organization, The Patrick Henry Center for Individual Liberty, to support other federal level whistle-blowers. His first client was Linda Tripp, the White House staff member who reported the extramarital affair between Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky in 1998. The Patrick Henry Center has since supported numerous whistle-blowers reporting fraud and abuse in government. The Center additionally promotes limited government, individual liberty, and constitutional rule of law.
Aldrich’s other books are Speak No Evil (a novel, 1998) and Thunder on the Left: An Insider’s Report on the Hijacking of the Democratic Party in 2003. Aldrich now writes for conservative publications including WorldNetDaily (weekly) and Townhall.com (bi-weekly).
The transition period and the first few weeks of the administration in the White House were full of difficulties and drama. In particular, finding someone for the high-profile United States Attorney General position proved problematic. Clinton had vowed to assemble an administration that “looked like America”, and it was widely assumed that one of the major cabinet posts would go to a woman; Clinton soon decided the Attorney General position would be that, something women’s political action groups were also requesting. Many administration officials reported later that Clinton initially considered nominating the First Lady Hillary Clinton, a prominent attorney, professor, activist, and executive, for Attorney General; but anti-nepotism laws put in place after president Kennedy appointed his brother attorney general prohibited this.) Clinton chose little-known corporate lawyer ZoÃ« Baird for the slot, but in what became known as the Nannygate matter, in January 1993 it was revealed that she had hired a Peruvian couple, both illegal immigrants, to work in her home. Baird’s case provoked common resentment among a large group of people, who flooded the United States Congress and radio programs demanding to know how Clinton could name as the nation’s senior law officer a woman who had ignored the law. Baird, seeing the problems the issue was causing for Clinton, withdrew her nomination and Clinton next chose Kimba Wood, who was quickly forced to withdraw due to somewhat similar problems. This led to over a thousand presidential appointment positions being subjected to heightened scrutiny for household help hiring practices, and a consequent significant slowdown in getting new administration positions filled. Janet Reno was nominated for Attorney General a few weeks later, and was confirmed on March 11, 1993.