DECEMBER 01: Michaele and Tareq Salahi leave the Halcyon House in Georgetown on December 1, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

The Salahis. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

By Mark Memmott

Yesterday, the so-called White House party crashers said they were sure they'd been invited to last week's State Dinner at the White House.

Today, e-mails obtained by NBC News and the Associated Press show Tariq and Michaele Salahi admitting they went to the Executive Mansion not knowing whether they had or had not been invited:

"To just check in, in case it got approved since we didn't know."

They also claim in that e-mail that "our name was indeed on the list!" -- something the White House and Secret Service say is not true.

The e-mails, with Defense Department official Michele Jones, also show that Jones warned them that the guest list for the State Dinner had been "closed." But she also, in another message on the day of the dinner, tells the couple that she is "working" on getting them into the function.

categories: National News, Obama Administration

8:15 - December 2, 2009