Napolitano Says Scandal was Inexcusable
Janet Napolitano, the Homeland Security Secretary, said that the scandal in Cartagena, Colombia involving prostitutes and secret service agents did not cause any risk to the President of the United States.
She made her comments to a Senate panel on Wednesday. She faced questioning for the first time since the prostitution scandal erupted in early April. She testified in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee that the alleged behavior by employees of the Secret Service was inexcusable and that a full and thorough investigation was taking place.
She told panel members that all 12 of those involved had faced personnel action or had been cleared of any serious misconduct. She said the actions of just a few would not tarnish the reputation and proud legacy of the Service.
Napolitano said a review of all training procedures would be done to see if anything needs to be done to tighten up things. She was asked by Patrick Leahy, the committee Chairman, if the officers are trained on issues related to intimate relationships with people from foreign countries. She replied, “The training is focused on being professional, on conduct of the highest moral standard.”
She said over the last 2 ½ years the Office of Professional Responsibility of the Secret Service has not received any complaints of a similar nature. The Inspector General of Homeland Security is supervising the investigation she said and she expects the inspector general to perform a full and complete investigation.
On Tuesday, the Secret Service said that of the 12 implicated officers, eight had been forced out, one was stripped of security clearances and three had been cleared of any wrongdoing.