Fired Secret Service Agent Plans To Sue; Agency Still Investigating Agents In Columbia With Prostitutes
Washington, D.C. -
Of the 11 Secret Service Agents and 10 military personnel that have already been implicated in a prostitution sandal in Columbia, at least one of those already fired is planning to sue the government.
As the fallout continues, one has been fired, one has been forced to retire and one had resigned over a scandal involving the group that was part of an advance team making security preparations for President Obama's arrival in Columbia last week.
The dispute rose when one of the prostitutes invited back to the Hotel Caribe and wanted to be paid between $300 and $800 US dollars and one of the agents did not want to pay. A disturbance was created and hotel staff called local police who then notified the US Embassy.
Prostitution is legal in Cartagena Columbia, but agents and other US personnel are routinely warned against engaging in it according to Brian Stafford, a former Secret Service director.
Mark Sullivan has been testifying on Capitol Hill about the incident to lawmaker who say they want to know if this was an isolated incident or if its just a cast that "they just got caught this time" says senator Olympia Snow of R-Maine.
"Heads have to roll," said Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa. "If people aren't fired in this town, nothing changes."
Agency officials and members of congress have both said they want this scandal to be handled quickly to protect the agency's reputation.