WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Barack Obama’s safety was not jeopardized by the actions of Secret Service agents who brought prostitutes back to a Colombia hotel on the eve of his arrival, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano assured a Senate committee Wednesday.
“There was no risk to the president,” she told a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in the first public questioning of an administration official since the scandal broke as Obama prepared to visit Cartagena for a summit.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Two more U.S. Secret Service agents are resigning over a Colombia prostitution scandal, the agency said on Tuesday, as it sought to close a chapter in its worst case of alleged misconduct in decades.
Even as the Secret Service announced the fates of all of the remaining employees under investigation, President Barack Obama defended those tasked with protecting him, saying a “couple of knuckleheads” should not discredit the entire agency.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. government agencies that send employees abroad on business have widely varying rules about personal behavior while on assignment and the consequences of violations, a problem that some lawmakers want to fix in response to a scandal this month involving Secret Service agents and Colombia prostitutes.
Reuters asked about half-a-dozen federal agencies whose employees frequently travel overseas whether they had specific rules on engaging with prostitutes or similar behavior.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Proposed U.S. legislation to punish Russian officials involved in human rights abuses could have “a significant negative impact” on U.S.-Russian relations, Moscow’s envoy to the United States warned on Monday
Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak said the U.S. Congress should not tie the so-called Sergei Magnitsky bill to an expected vote this year on establishing “permanent normal trade relations” between the two countries.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Secret Service said on Friday that three more of its employees have resigned, bringing to six the number that have left the agency in connection with alleged misconduct involving prostitutes in Colombia last week before President Barack Obama’s trip there.
The Secret Service also said that a 12th employee had been implicated in the ongoing investigation into a night of partying on April 11-12 that embarrassed the United States and overshadowed Obama’s participation in the Summit of the Americas last weekend.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The attorney for some of the Secret Service agents under investigation in a scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia ahead of President Barack Obama’s trip, said on Thursday a “trial by mob” was wrong.
Lawrence Berger’s comments to Reuters in a telephone interview came after the Washington Post identified the two supervisors involved as David Randall Chaney, 48, in the international programs division, who was allowed to retire, and Greg Stokes, assistant special agent in charge of the K9 division, who has been notified that he will be fired.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Senior lawmakers expect more Secret Service agents could be forced out of their jobs soon over allegations of misconduct with prostitutes in Colombia, joining the three employees who have already left.
Representative Darrell Issa and Elijah Cummings predicted on Thursday there would be more fallout from the scandal surrounding a night of partying by Secret Service agents and U.S. military personnel last week in the coastal city of Cartegena just before President Barack Obama arrived for the weekend Summit of the Americas.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Three U.S. Secret Service employees under investigation for alleged misconduct with prostitutes in Colombia before a trip by President Barack Obama are leaving their jobs, the agency said on Wednesday.
They were among 11 Secret Service agents and 10 U.S. military personnel who allegedly took as many as 21 women back to their hotel virtually on the eve of Obama’s weekend trip to Cartagena for the Summit of the Americas.
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Secret Service is “scrubbing” its files for past incidents involving agents like last week’s alleged misconduct with prostitutes at a Colombia hotel, a Republican senator said on Wednesday.
U.S. Senator Susan Collins said she told Secret Service director Mark Sullivan she found it hard to believe the episode was the only one of its kind, because “there were too many people involved.”
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Secret Service agents and military personnel took as many as 21 women back to their hotel in Colombia in an incident last week involving alleged misconduct with prostitutes, a Republican senator said on Tuesday.
“There are 11 agents involved. Twenty or 21 women foreign nationals were brought to the hotel, but allegedly Marines were involved with the rest,” Senator Susan Collins of Maine – who was briefed by the director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan – said in an email to Reuters.