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EXCLUSIVE: Secret Service director suspected of lying to Congress about prostitution scandal
Fox News ^ | October 16, 2012 | Jana Winter

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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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: colombia; dhsoig; secretservice; sullivan

1 posted on 10/16/2012 3:40:22 PM PDT by jazusamo
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To: jazusamo

The entire Obama administration lies to Congress.

And they do nothing.

THAT is another reason why Congress is despised.


2 posted on 10/16/2012 3:43:49 PM PDT by Diogenesis (Vi veri veniversum vivus vici)
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To: jazusamo
The Cartagena prostitution scandal isn't Sullivan's first. In December 2009, he was called to testify before Congress about security failings that allowed uninvited guests Tareq and Michaele Salahi to crash an official state dinner at the White House. Sullivan took responsibility for the breach, saying: "This is our fault and our fault alone."
3 posted on 10/16/2012 3:47:51 PM PDT by ColdOne (I miss my poochie... Tasha 2000~3/14/11 0bie don' t eatl my dog!)
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To: Diogenesis
The entire Obama administration lies to Congress

And the entire media, as well as the entire country, accepts that. It's all for the greater good you know.

4 posted on 10/16/2012 3:50:53 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: ColdOne
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."

5 posted on 10/16/2012 3:54:05 PM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: ColdOne

Hey, if you take responsibility for it, you get to keep your job and benefits. No problemo.


6 posted on 10/16/2012 3:54:46 PM PDT by petitfour
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To: Diogenesis
It seems in this Holder/Obama DOJ the OIG means little to them unless an IG comes up with a finding against a friend of Barack or Michelle, then that IG is fired.

It's the Chicago way.

7 posted on 10/16/2012 3:57:58 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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8 posted on 10/16/2012 3:59:42 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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To: jazusamo
Now why does the Obama Regime care? What has Sullivan done? Contrast this with the Fast and Furious fiasco and cover-up of mass murders with weapons supplied by the US government. There is more to the Sullivan situation IMO.
9 posted on 10/16/2012 4:21:23 PM PDT by Truth29
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To: jazusamo

Another federal cop caught lieing? Color me shocked.


10 posted on 10/16/2012 4:24:51 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Truth29
There certainly could be more to this because it pales in comparison to Fast & Furious.
11 posted on 10/16/2012 4:36:46 PM PDT by jazusamo ("Intellect is not wisdom" -- Thomas Sowell)
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