A Saturday story by Susan Crabtree in the Washington Times highlights questions by Sen. Chuck Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, of the U.S. Secret Service about possible involvement of White House staff in the Colombian prostitution scandal.
Given the close working relationship among members of the Secret Service
and other White House advance teams, Mr. Grassley wants to know whether
Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan and Acting Inspector General
Charles Edwards is investigating the possibility that staff from the
White House Communications Agency and White House Office of Advance also
may be involved in the scandal.
Mr. Grassley’s questions come following a Friday Senate Judiciary staff briefing the Secret Service provided.
Specifically, Mr. Grassley wants to know if the Secret Service reserved rooms or shared them with the WHCA or the White House Office of Advance for operational or support matters.
“Did the Secret Service reserve rooms at the Hotel Caribe or other hotels in Cartagena, Colombia for representatives of the WHCA or the White House Advance Team?” Mr. Grassley asked in a letter to Mr. Sullivan and Mr. Edwards. “If so, have records for overnight guests for those entities been pulled as part of the investigation conducted by [the Office of Professional Responsibility] or [the Office of the Inspector General]? If not, why not?”
If the Secret Service did share rooms with White House communications or advance teams, Mr. Grassley also asked whether logs for those rooms were checked to see if the hotel had overnight guests registered to them.