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King Statement on Committee Investigation into Secret Service Misconduct


Location: Washington, DC

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 Cartegena, Colombia:

King said: "After receiving detailed answers in response to the 50 questions I recently posed to Director Sullivan, Committee investigators today met with and interviewed senior Secret Service officials for nearly three hours in the Committee offices. From the outset, I have found Director Sullivan and his staff to be quite cooperative. Today's meeting did, however, raise additional questions, which I will formally present to Director Sullivan in the next several days."

King added: "Additionally, the Committee's investigators learned that one Secret Service agent did, in fact, fail a polygraph test. This information brought to our attention today corrects information provided to the Committee by the Secret Service earlier this week.

"I am also concerned that Secret Service investigators have been unable to locate and interview two of the female foreign nationals involved, including Dania Londono Suarez, who today granted an extensive interview in which she details information vital to the investigation. I have asked the Secret Service for an explanation of how they have failed to find this woman when the news media seems to have no trouble doing so."

Note: Committee investigators today met with the USSS Chief Counsel, as well as representatives from the Office of Professional Responsibility and the Security Clearance Division.

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