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We have new information now in the investigation of Secret Service misconduct. Agents are alleged to have hired prostitutes before President Obama's visit to South America last week. The Secret Service director has been talking with members of Congress, and NPR's Ari Shapiro joins us now to tell us what he's hearing. Hey there, Ari.
The "summit scandal" continues to grow, judging from this story just posted by Reuters:
"Twenty or 21 women were brought back to the hotel in Colombia by U.S. Secret Service agents and members of the U.S. military in an incident last week involving alleged misconduct with prostitutes, U.S. Senator Susan Collins said on Tuesday."
President Obama speaks at the San Pedro Claver church in Cartagena, Colombia, on Sunday. An expert on the Secret Service tells NPR that Obama's security was never breached in the incident that led to 11 U.S. Secret Service agents being sent home amid allegations that they hired prostitutes in Cartagena.
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The Secret Service, which has been offering protection to presidents since 1902, has long enjoyed one of the most sterling reputations of any government agency.
That reputation has been tarnished by allegations that agents hired prostitutes in Colombia in advance of President Obama's trip there.
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, is hinting at a broader investigation of President Obama's Secret Service detail after revelations that 11 agents were sent home from Colombia for alleged misconduct involving prostitutes.
Issa of California told CBS This Morning that lawmakers will "look over the shoulder" of the Secret Service as it conducts its own internal investigation of the alleged incident that occurred ahead of the Summit of the Americas in Colombia, which President Obama attended.
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President Obama is back in Washington this morning, after a weekend summit in Colombia. The gathering with leaders from throughout the Americas produced some agreement on trade and some disagreement on drug policy in Cuba.