The Secret Service just announced that three more agents have “chosen to resign” amid the growing Colombia prostitution scandal, bringing the total number of dismissals to five.
Three agents, including two senior supervisors, have already lost their jobs as a result of the scandal. One of those agents was allowed to retire, another opted to resign, and the third was fired “with cause.”
The agency also said today that a 12th employee is now suspected of being involved in the night of carousing in Cartagena, Colombia last week, during which the Secret Service agents and several military personnel allegedly hired upwards of 20 Colombian prostitutes.
Five agents now remain on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. One agent has been cleared of “serious misconduct,” but will still face “appropriate administrative action,” according to the Secret Service’s press release.
Here’s the full release:
UPDATE ON SECRET SERVICE EMPLOYEES STATUS
The following is a statement from Assistant Director Paul S. Morrissey,
U.S. Secret Service Office of Government and Public Affairs:
“The Secret Service’s comprehensive investigation into allegations of
misconduct by its employees in Cartagena, Colombia continues.
In addition to the previously announced personnel actions, three
additional employees have chosen to resign.
As a result of the ongoing investigation in Cartagena, a twelfth
employee has been implicated. He has been placed on administrative
leave and his security clearance has been temporarily suspended pending
the outcome of the investigation.
One of the employees involved has been cleared of serious misconduct,
but will face appropriate administrative action.
At this point, five employees continue to be on administrative leave and
their security clearances remain suspended pending the outcome of this
The Secret Service continues to conduct a full, thorough and fair
investigation, utilising all investigative techniques available to our
agency. This includes polygraph examinations, interviews with the
employees involved, and witness interviews, to include interviews being
conducted by our Office of Professional Responsibility in Cartagena,
Since these allegations were first reported, the Secret Service has
actively pursued this investigation, and has acted to ensure that
appropriate action is affected. We demand that all of our employees
adhere to the highest professional and ethical standards and are
committed to a full review of this matter.
Separately, the Pentagon said today that another military service member is also suspected of misconduct, bringing the total number of military personnel involved to 11.
The military personnel have returned to their home bases pending the results of a Pentagon investigation. The Washington Post reports that six of the servicemen are from Army’s 7th Special Forces; two are from the Marine Corps.; two are from the Navy; and one is from the Air Force.
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