Skip to comments.EXCLUSIVE: Secret Service director suspected of lying to Congress about prostitution scandal
Posted on 10/16/2012 3:40:10 PM PDT by jazusamo
An investigation for the agency that oversees the U.S. Secret Service suggests Director Mark Sullivan lied during his congressional testimony in the Colombia prostitution scandal that ensnared 13 of his agents, multiple law enforcement officials and congressional sources tell FoxNews.com.
Investigators with the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General (DHS OIG) have completed their investigative report, which will be referred to the Department of Justice along with a memorandum of activity that lists potential criminal actions. The report indicates Sullivan may have obstructed Congress by lying about the criminal associations of prostitutes involved in the scandal. The report also alleges Sullivan may have manipulated a report requested by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the sources said.
DHS OIG uncovered the evidence -- including specific incidents of alleged perjury, making false statements and impeding Congress -- during their ongoing probe into the scandal surrounding agents' misconduct prior to President Obama's trip to Cartagena, Colombia last April, sources told FoxNews.com. Sources said Sullivan may have violated statute 18 USC § 1505 -- obstruction of proceedings before departments, agencies, and committees -- and investigators are now handing the case over to federal prosecutors in the Justice Department's Public Integrity Section.
DHS OIG has been in talks with Justice Department prosecutors in the Public Integrity Section for months, and met with them late last week about the potential charges against Sullivan, sources said.
Sullivan has retained private counsel in case. Joshua Hochberg, a former DOJ Public Integrity Section deputy chief-turned-white-collar defense attorney, specializes in defending public officials and CEOs charged with corruption. Hochberg was with Sullivan at his Aug. 2 interview with DHS OIG investigators, sources said. Hochberg also led the DOJ investigation of failed energy company Enron and was head of DOJ's Fraud unit before joining private firm.
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The entire Obama administration lies to Congress.
And they do nothing.
THAT is another reason why Congress is despised.
And the entire media, as well as the entire country, accepts that. It's all for the greater good you know.
Sullivan took responsibility for the breach, saying: "This is our fault and our fault alone."
Every time I hear one of these fine public servants "take responsibility" and then not either (a) resign or (b) get fired, it reminds me (for some reason) of Bill Clinton looking up at Hillary (at the State of the Union show) and saying "Ah honoour yoou."
Hey, if you take responsibility for it, you get to keep your job and benefits. No problemo.
It's the Chicago way.
Another federal cop caught lieing? Color me shocked.