Secret Service Embroiled in Prostitution Allegations

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Members of Congress vow to investigate allegations against the Secret Service involving prostitution in Colombia ahead of President Obama's arrival this weekend.

Eleven agents and some members of the military are accused of heavy drinking and soliciting prostitutes in Colombia while making preparations for President Obama's visit for the Summit of the Americas.

Members of Congress are outraged over the incident.

"It will be about 'how did this happen' and 'how often has this happened before,'" Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said. "Things like this don't happen once."

Eleven Secret Service personnel were sent home before the president arrived Friday. Five U.S. military members are also facing possible disciplinary action.

"If it turns out that some of the allegations that have been made in the press are confirmed, then of course I'll be angry," President Obama said.

The alleged incident happened last Wednesday but only came to light after an argument between the agents and a prostitute.

"Police had to come to ask her to leave," Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., said. "She wouldn't leave until the Secret Service paid money she said was owed to her."

The eleven Secret Service staffers were placed on administrative leave. While none of the agents involved were assigned directly to protect the president, some still believe their behavior threatened his safety.
"The security was compromised by the fact that these agents were in this compromised position where they could be blackmailed," said Ronald Kessler, author of In the President's Service.

The Secret Service said despite the embarrassing incident, the president's safety was never at risk.

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