WASHINGTON — Complaints from computer workers have forced the White
House to quietly remove a lawyer hired from the Democratic National
Committee to help control political damage from the mushrooming Project
X e-mail scandal, WorldNetDaily has learned.
The DNC lawyer, John Hardin “Jack” Young, was let go several weeks ago
after the Office of Administration allegedly received a flurry of
complaints about threats and intimidation from technicians working on
the New Executive Office Building’s 5th floor, White House insiders say.
“The complaints relate to his behavior,” said one source, who wished to
go unnamed. “He was cussing out people, trying to threaten people to
Young worked in the general counsel’s office of the Office of
Administration. Sources say he was assigned to coach witnesses on what
to say in depositions to Congress and the independent counsel.
Both are looking into charges the White House tried to hide from
investigators large gaps in White House e-mail records under subpoena.
Computer contractors have testified officials threatened them with jail
unless they kept Project X, as they called it, secret.
A White House spokesman confirmed Young is no longer employed by OA, but
would not say why he left.
“We’re not going to discuss personnel matters,” said Richard “Jake”
Siewart, deputy White House press secretary.
A Democratic National Committee spokesman also would not comment on
White House insiders say as many as nine complaints were lodged against
Young over just a few months. A spokeswoman for OA’s Equal Employment
Opportunity office would neither confirm nor deny that complaints had
But Siewart flatly denied it: “There have been no EEO complaints filed
against Jack Young.”
He says he checked with the “director of the Office of Administration.”
Michael Lyle is acting OA director. He did not say if the director
referred to both formal and informal complaints.
Several weeks ago, after the complaints were allegedly lodged, White
House insiders say an OA official was asked to gather up Young’s
security badge, cell phone and pager from his office on the 5th floor of
the New Executive Office Building while he was supposedly out on
“vacation.” Young never came back.
“Nothing was ever announced,” another source said. “The story was he was
just on leave. And then all of a sudden everything was just boxed up,
the office was cleaned up. He was hushed out of here.”
Calls to Young’s Virginia home were not returned.
Young appeared before Congress during the first hearing on the e-mail
scandal. He counseled Daniel “Tony” Barry, White House computer projects
manager, as he testified. (Congress has since recommended the Department
of Justice prosecute Barry for perjury.)
Young tussled briefly with Rep. Bob Barr, R-Ga., who tried to get Young
to say who he works for.
“Are you employed by the White House?” Barr asked at the March 23
“No,” Young said, insisting he worked for OA.
Young was recently detailed to the White House from the DNC along with
another DNC official — Brad Kiley, sources say.
“They came over to do damage control,” one White House insider asserted.
Siewart confirmed that Kiley also works for OA, although he’s working
out of Room 1 on the ground floor of the Old Executive Office Building.
Sources say Kiley answers up the chain to Mark Lindsay, White House
director of management and administration, who controls OA, White House,
and military operations.
Lindsay, who works above Kiley on the Old Executive Office Building’s
first floor, is one of the officials accused of threatening computer
contractors in 1998 about Project X. Since then, he’s been promoted
When the two DNC operatives, Young and Kiley, showed up together at the
White House, one White House computer systems employee said he and
what the hell these guys were doing here.”
Kiley is handling financial transactions related to White House
operations and special projects, including the court-ordered e-mail
restoration project under way.
“He’s doing damage control within Room 1,” one source said. “He’s
keeping things quiet. He sees anything that heads up to Lindsay —
memos, budget requests, you name it.”
Asked about Kiley’s role, Siewart said, “Brad Kiley had nothing to do
Kiley is a political veteran. At the DNC, he was the organization’s
director of operations. Before that he was chief of staff for the
National Abortion and Reproductive Rights Action League.
In 1996, he was the director of finance and administration at the
Democratic National Convention in Chicago.