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White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced that White House legal counsel has concluded no White House staff engaged in any "misconduct" in Cartagena.
"The decision to conduct a review here, internally, was simply done out of due diligence," Carney said. "There is no indication of any misconduct by any member of the White House advance team or staff."
But maybe there is "un-specific" or "un-credible" allegations ?
He added that "there have been no specific, credible allegations of misconduct by anyone on the White House advance team or White House staff."
Of course not Jay, why give us "details" God forbid
Carney refused to give any details on the investigation, such as whether the investigation included checking hotel records in Colombia or interviewing the White House advance team that went to Cartagena.
"There's no point in getting into the details of this internal review except to say that it was conducted," he said.
He also sought to distance the Obama administration from the White House Comunication Agency (WHCA) member under investigation over the Secret Service prostitution scandal.
"WHCA, as we call it, is staffed entirely by military personnel, not by White House staff," Carney told reporters when asked about reports that a WHCA member is under investigation. "They are not members of the White House staff, they are not chosen by the White House."
A member of the White House Communications Agency is now being investigated in the Colombia hooker scandal that has ensnared members of the Secret Service and the military, officials said yesterday.
“First, it was Secret Service. Now it looks like there might be some activity by White House staff,” said Rep. John Mica (R-Fla.).
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Originally posted by jibeho
I'll come back to this topic later. I have the strange feeling that some of these folks involved were never Secret Service agents at all. I smell a cover for WH staffers...
Smell that dirty laundry yet....
'Where are the women?' Colombian prostitute scandal wouldn't have happened if Secret Service had more female agents, say lawmakers
The Secret Service should hire more women to ensure that a scandal like the recent Colombian prostitution incident does not happen again, according to two senior congresswomen.
They also cited the officer responsible for disciplining the 11 agents involved in the scandal as an example of a senior woman having a positive effect on the rest of the force.
Republican Senator Susan Collins praised the work of agent Paula Reid, saying: 'She acted decisively, appropriately, and I can’t help but wonder if there'd been more women as part of that detail if this ever would have happened.'
'Where are the women?', she said. 'We probably need to diversify the Secret Service and have more minorities and more women.'
Earlier Ms Reid's crucial role in uncovering the scandal came to light as a congressman predicted that nearly all the agents implicated in the embarrassing incident would have to leave their jobs.
A decade ago, she joined a controversial class-action lawsuit alleging that African-Americans like her were discriminated against by the agency and given less prominent jobs.
In an interview several years ago, she stood up for the ability of women to serve as bodyguards, saying: 'Women would not be remotely considered if we couldn’t do it physically - and we can.'
On Saturday, the chair of the committee which oversees the Secret Service said he thought most of the agents accused of misconduct would eventually leave the force.
Six have resigned or been sacked so far, and Republican congressman Peter King said: 'I would think you'll see most of the 11 either resign, retire or will be forced to leave.
'I doubt, no matter what happens, you're going to see any of these 11 ever involved in any kind of detail like this again. They basically have to stay out of the public eye, if they stay on the job.'
He added: 'Among those 11, besides what they did, they also are in trouble, if you will, for what they didn't do. And what they didn't do is report it.'