Today, Rep. Peter T. King (R-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security issued the following statement on the ongoing Committee investigation into misconduct by U.S. Secret Service agents last month in Cartagena, Colombia:
King said: "I have declined a request to meet with one of the female foreign nationals involved in the Secret Service misconduct in Colombia. Late last Thursday, an attorney for Dania Londono Suarez contacted Committee staff and requested that I meet with his client in my office. While such a meeting -- and the inevitable circus atmosphere surrounding it -- would no doubt be of great interest to the media covering this story, a meeting with her is simply not necessary at this time for the Committee to conduct a serious and thorough investigation. For now, I have directed my staff to communicate with and gather information about the misconduct from the woman via her attorney.
"It is my understanding that the Secret Service investigators met with and interviewed the woman last week at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid, nearly a week after she participated in that lengthy interview with a radio station. During her interview with the Secret Service, Ms. Suarez acknowledged that at no time did she have access to any sensitive information whatsoever and had no idea that she had been involved with a Secret Service agent.
"The Committee's investigation is ongoing, with investigators continuing to gather information on the misconduct from the Secret Service and a number of other sources."