Prostitutes & Parties- A Pattern or One Bad Decision?
WASHINGTON D.C. — A Senate committee is expanding its investigation into the Secret Service scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia.
Twelve U.S. Secret Service agents have been implicated in the scandal involving more than 20 prostitutes and too much liquor.
As U.S. and Colombian officials seek to interview the 21 women involved, key lawmakers plan inquiries of their own and insist more agents will lose their jobs. So far, six agents have lost their jobs, five others are on administrative leave and one was cleared but could still face some kind of administrative consequence.
Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman says he’s planning public hearings on the sex scandal. He’s sending a list of questions to the Secret Service this week.
“We’ve got to ask every possible question we can about whether there was evidence this was going on, or it should have been seen by the Secret Service and what can be done to stop it,” Lieberman said.
Lieberman plans to call Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan, to determine what he knew and when. They are also trying to find out if any of the women involved were underage
“What are Secret Service personnel doing bringing unknown foreign nationals to their rooms, regardless of their age?” said Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) on ABC’s “This Week.”
Lieberman said his committee’s investigation will seek to determine whether the actions in Colombia were part of a pattern of behavior that happened elsewhere at other times and what steps will be put in place to prevent it from happening again.
“People have said to me, ‘It’s hard to believe this was an isolated incident, just happened all of a sudden in Cartagena out of nowhere.’ I don’t know,” Lieberman said.