Inquires into the Secret Service Colombian sex scandal have seemed to open up a new can of worms. As government officials sort through the details of the misconduct by agents earlier this month prior to President Obama’s trip to Colombia, new claims have surfaced that may indicate that the prostitution scandal in Cartagena may not have been the first time agents hired sex workers.
Although the White House spokesman Jay Carney refused to comment on the new allegations (the President weighed in on the Colombian scandal, calling the agents involved “knuckleheads”), Congressman Peter King, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, confirms Congress is investigating.
These latest claims allegedly took place on a separate trip to El Salvador, but according to Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary, the initial scandal “has generated several news stories that contain allegations by mostly unnamed sources.” However, he assured the public that, “any information that is brought to our attention that can be assessed as credible will be followed up on in an appropriate manner.”
While most people understand that the President is not responsible for managing the Secret Service, a non-partisan government entity, some on the Republican side have tried to link him to this scandal.
Senator Chuck Grassley wrote a letter to the White House seeking information about whether or not members of the President’s staff were involved in the sex scandal, while Rep. John Mica of Florida claims the White House “knew about it, did nothing, [and] kept it quiet” until they were forced to go public. To date, there has been no connection between anyone in the White House and the Secret Service sex scandal, but considering this is an election year, I’m sure we’ll be hearing more about this issue over the coming months.