Skip to comments.Heads Begin to Roll in Secret Service Sex Scandal
Posted on 04/18/2012 6:22:32 PM PDT by smoothsailing
April 18, 2012
Three Secret Service agents became the first to fall in the Colombian prostitution scandal today, with the agency announcing that two supervisors and one agent will step down.
Eight more remain under investigation and on suspension as one of the supervisors retired, the other was “proposed for removal for cause” (which can be challenged), and the agent resigned.
“The Secret Service continues to conduct a full, thorough and fair investigation, utilizing all investigative techniques available to our agency,” the assistant director of the U.S. Secret Service Office of Government and Public Affairs, Paul Morrissey, said in a statement. “This includes polygraph examinations, interviews with the employees involved, and witness interviews, to include interviews being conducted by our Office of Professional Responsibility in Cartagena, Colombia.”
Over on the Hill, the chairman and ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote the Secret Service director, Mark J. Sullivan, a letter that accused the agents of bringing the prostitutes into contact with “sensitive security information.”
The letter was first released to ABC News’ Jake Tapper, then Rep. Darrell Issa (Calif.) tweeted a copy.
Issa and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) noted that Sullivan briefed members early this week on “steps the agency has taken to investigate this matter and your plans for preventing a recurrence.”
“The facts as you described them raised questions about the agency’s culture,” the congressmen wrote. “The incident in Cartagena is troubling because Secret Service agents and officers made a range of bad decisions, from drinking too much, to engaging with prostitutes, to bringing foreign nationals into contact with sensitive security information, to exposing themselves to blackmail and other forms of potential compromise.”
The committee leaders then asked Sullivan for 10 things to aid the Oversight investigation, including a detailed description of events and timeline, an accounting of all U.S. government personnel who knew about the incident, and the agency’s investigative findings including information received from Colombian authorities.
Issa and Cummings also want the disciplinary histories of the agents involved dating back 10 years, and summaries of any other disciplinary actions that were taken against any other personnel as a result of misconduct on overseas trips since 2007.
“Has the USSS been able to determine that all women involved in this incident were at least 18 years of age?” the letter asks, noting that the involvement of underage prostitutes violates the law under which a U.S. citizen traveling to a foreign locale cannot engage in “illicit sexual conduct.”
“Your swift and decisive action in response to this scandal has given us confidence that the agency will complete a thorough investigation and take steps to ensure that similar lapses in judgment will never again jeopardize the important work of the U.S. Secret Service.”
Issa and Cummings told Sullivan that “your task is to restore the world’s confidence in the U.S. Secret Service.”
The New York Times got the first interview with the prostitute whose argument over payment led to the discovery of the activities of the Secret Service agents and a handful of military personnel under investigation by the Department of Defense.
She claimed she was a high-priced escort and charged the agent $800 when he offered only $30. She also noted that not only did she spend the entire night in the agent’s room, only to be woken by a call from the front desk, but when she wanted help getting her money she fetched another prostitute who had stayed the whole night with an agent across the hall.
The woman told the Times that she was not interested in cooperating with American investigators and is planning to leave Cartagena soon.
Talking with reporters en route to a President Obama speech in Ohio today, White House spokesman Jay Carney said that the scandal wasn’t detracting from Obama’s economic message and quest to cast government as a force for good.
“The president has been crystal clear since he was a candidate about the standards that he insists be met by those who work for the federal government and on behalf of the American people and for the American people,” Carney said.
“You have heard the president speak recently on the matter involving the Secret Service. I dont have anything to add to that.”
They are going to have to reassign Hillary’s body guard to Obama’s detail.
Should be interesting.
Carney is mad he wasn’t one of the hookers
From what I understand the USSS does not protect the SoS, the DoS has its own agency.
It’s only sex. ‘Rats shouldn’t be having a problem here.
Ten years would preclude investigating into the disciplinary actions that might have occurred during the Clinton administration. Or, they could have all been hired since 1998.
How do we know that Zer0 is not a “foreign national”?
I think Obama is taking care of business before the business takes care of him. Obama doesn’t want any Secret Service surprises coming his wsy
No head pics though...yuck.
I’m looking forward to the “tell all” books that will be coming prior to the election.
I'm probably asking for trouble, but what do those letters stand for? :)
I want to know what that means too..LOL
Okay....let me get this straight....a border agent can be killed by mexican drug lords in a failed gunwalking scheme and no one gets fired...but some SS agents pick up some hookers and heads are rolling in days....yea makes perfect sense to me....
I’m wondering if Zero or his handlers set a “honey trap” on the Secret Service agents as a way of purging some of them.
From the beginning;
Saturday April 14, 2012
Secret Service Scandal Rocks Obama Trip
check post #93
Eleven Secret Service agents busted because they refused to pay hooker: Five American service members were also accused of misconduct stemming from the scandalous incident at the hotel, according to the U.S. military.
Scandal was revealed Friday before President Obama arrived in Colombia for Summit of the Americas
Argument About the Bill Alerted Hotel Authorities to Secret Service and Prostitutes Cavorting, WH Official Says
Hotel authorities then went down to the reception desk to see who else of the American guests may have signed in female guests call girls for the evening.
Initially, this official said, that inspection led the hotel authorities to have questions about 22 Americans 17 Secret Service agents and five special operations soldiers who were there to assist the Secret Service. Their names were reported to the lead U.S. military official on the ground.
SUNDAY APRIL 15
New York Post
Secret Service hooker flap over $47 (or just 83,475 naughty lil pesos)
The trouble began for the Secret Service after the agents night of carousing, when a hotel employee noticed a hookers ID was still at the front desk at 7 a.m., in violation of hotel policy on overnight guests, King said.
The manager went to the agents room where the woman had spent the night and saw the two inside arguing, King said.
She said the agent owed her money, King said. He said he didnt have to pay.
the agents involved in the scandal were not breaking Colombian law, but most of them are married and could have been exposed to blackmail.
It the biggest scandal in the history of the Secret Service and the most basic breach of security,
It could have resulted in a potential assassination attempt on the president, said Ronald Kessler, author of In the Presidents Secret Service.
None of the agents involved was directly assigned to protect the president. Donovan said the agents involved were relieved from duty and replaced.
Whew... Even Ubama's bodyguards have become infected by Ubama's slovenliness and corruption.
And the sheeple go on grazing quietly, until enough get spooked to temporarily stampede.
Can't wait till they get near a cliff...
None of his friends couold come up with 50bucks to keep something stupid like this from happening?
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