Secret Service agents investigated for past misconduct in El Salvador
The Secret Service is examining a new report of alleged misconduct by agents at an El Salvador strip club ahead of a trip there last year by President Barack Obama, Long Island Rep. Peter King said on Thursday.
King said that the review is part of an extensive investigation the Secret Service is conducting in the aftermath of an incident involving prostitutes in Colombia.
State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters the agency also is looking into the El Salvador allegations, aired Thursday in a report by Seattle CBS channel KIRO-TV.
In the television interview, an anonymous U.S. contractor described visiting a club offering sexual favors with some Secret Service agents and U.S. military specialists in advance of Obama's March, 2011, visit.
According to the source, the agents (who were "wasted") said they "did this all the time," and "not to worry about it."
In the Colombia incident, agents and military service members are accused of spending the night of April 11 partying at a bar before bringing up to 21 women back to hotels.
The episode was exposed the next morning when one woman complained she was not paid enough money. Twelve agents and 12 military service members were linked to the incident.
Obama has called the agents involved in the scandal "knuckleheads."