The U.S. Secret Service questioned 220 people over three weeks to determine who was at fault in a Colombia prostitution scandal that led to nine employees being found guilty of “serious misconduct,” the agency’s director said.
Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan was so upset by allegations that 11 agents and officers consorted with prostitutes in Colombia that he voiced frustration over government rules barring their immediate dismissal, Maryland Representative Elijah Cummings said.
Suffering from painful nerve damage in his feet, Charles Groomes was prescribed a daily dose of 205 milligrams of Oxycontin and oxycodone in 2007. His doctor wrote that it was the most he was comfortable prescribing -- more, he said, than anyone without cancer should take.
An investigation is underway to determine whether any classified information was compromised when U.S. Secret Service agents consorted with prostitutes in Colombia before a summit attended by President Barack Obama, according to two U.S. officials.
President Barack Obama has confidence in the director of the Secret Service, his spokesman said, as an investigation widened into allegations that agents consorted with prostitutes while in Colombia preparing security for a summit.
Pressure built in Congress for the Secret Service to fire the remaining agents and officers involved in a prostitution scandal in Colombia that may become an election-year distraction for lawmakers and the White House.