Two More Secret Service Agents Resign
The saga continues in a scandal that has rocked the nation as two more U.S. Secret Service agents resign and the agency is in the midst of ousting another. This all taking place, as the agency reached decisions on the fate of all 12 employees implicated in an alleged prostitution scandal in Colombia two weeks ago.
The single employee being removed for cause is challenging the dismissal; according to a lawmaker investigating the incident reported the Wall Street Journal Tuesday. The agency said however, that it would permanently revoke the security clearance of one employee, which if upheld would force that employee to leave the agency.
Eight employees have resigned, retired or been removed for cause, according to the article. Three have been cleared of serious misconduct, the Secret Service said.
As the Secret Service comes under scrutiny, it is working to quell damages that began when allegations surfaced that agents brought back prostitutes to their hotel rooms in Cartagena, Colombia, days before President Obama arrived for the Summit of the Americas.
“The Secret Service is committed to conducting a full, thorough and fair investigation in this matter, and will not hesitate to take appropriate action should any additional information come to light,” assistant director Paul Morrissey said in a statement, reported WSJ.
The incident emerged after a payment dispute arose on April 12, between a woman and a Secret Service agent. According to the article, that agent reportedly resigned last Friday, according to a person familiar with the matter