A new layer has been added to the Secret Service scandal. An official told CBS News that a woman was brought back to the Hilton Hotel in Cartagena, Colombia, where President Barack Obama stayed during the Sixth Summit of the Americas.
Reportedly, the agent under investigation took the woman to the hotel just five days before the President was set to arrive.
“Now you’re into the hotel where the President of the United States was going to stay, and it just gets more troubling,” said Senator Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).
Before news broke that the Hilton Hotel had been used, Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wanted the investigation to broaden to see if any White House staff was involved.
Grassley wrote to Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan and Acting Inspector General Charles Edwards: “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? 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?”
According to Grassley, the President should not be held “responsible,” but he should be held “accountable” for the actions of Secret Service personnel in the recent scandal involving Colombian prostitutes from the Pley Club.