Wednesday, May 23, 2018

White House staffers cleared in Colombia prostitution scandal

WASHINGTON — An internal White House review has determined that none of its staff members was involved in the Colombia prostitution scandal that has engulfed 23 members of the Secret Service and U.S. military, a spokesman said Monday.

Press secretary Jay Carney told reporters at his daily briefing that the White House counsel's office has completed a review of all personnel assigned to the advance team for President Obama's trip to Cartagena for an international summit two weeks ago.

That inquiry found no evidence that any of the political staff members on the trip engaged in personal misconduct, Carney said.

A total of 12 Secret Service employees and 11 members of the military have been implicated in the widening scandal, which includes allegations of heavy drinking, visits to strip clubs and payments to prostitutes in advance of Obama's participation in the Summit of the Americas.

The Secret Service has dismissed six agents and officers involved in the misconduct, including two supervisors, and five more men remain on administrative leave.

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