Secret Service scandal spreads with more departures expected
With the resignation of three more Secret Service members on Friday, six employees have departed from the agency, twelve have been implicated in the disgrace, and more are expected to leave “in the very near future,” Rep. Peter King said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” yesterday morning.
The role of 11 members of the U.S. military are also being examined in the widening scandal, which began earlier this month when a Secret Service agent preparing for President Barack Obama’s visit to Cartagena was found by Columbian police with a female escort at the Hotel El Caribe arguing over money she insisted she was owed.
On Friday, King sent a letter to Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan – who was lauded for his responsiveness by members of both political parties - asking for answers to dozens of questions including the ages of the alleged 21 women hired for sex, whether taxpayer “per diem” money was used to pay them, and how many agents were found to have paid money to “female foreign nationals.”
On “ABC This Week” Sen. Susan Collins of Maine, a Republican, and Rep. Carolyn Maloney, a Democrat, both suggested that diversifying the Secret Service to include more women and people of color might reduce the chance of further such fiascos at the agency.