Congress reacts to new revelations of Secret Service scandal

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SEATTLE - Several members of Congress reacted to the new evidence that was unveiled Thursday about the unfolding scandal involving members of the Secret Service. 

 

A meeting was held late Thursday afternoon in Washington, D.C., with the head of the Secret Service.

 

KIRO 7 Eyewitness News reporter Alison Grande spoke with Texas Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, who sits on the Homeland Security Committee.

 

“Obviously, I was more than just upset and very disturbed,” Lee said. “This may be the second incident that might occur.”

 

After KIRO 7 Eyewitness News Investigative Reporter Chris Halsne revealed new information in the case, Lee demanded a meeting with Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan. 

 

“I had a very productive discussion with the director, who is not taking this lightly, does not have all of the facts, and I think it’s important. I think the American people will want us to have the facts, but at this point, what we know is occurring, is reaching out to get information from those supervisors who might have been on the ground in El Salvador,” Lee said. "Let’s not hide the fact it may be a culture that is going on. Why be ashamed of saying that there is a problem? Let’s just fix it."

 

White House press secretary Jay Carney was at a Thursday morning briefing and the first question asked involved the Secret Service scandal.

 

“As you know, the president was briefed by Director Sullivan," Carney said. "I do not have a point-by-point readout for you of that meeting. He was briefed on the investigation specifically into the incident in Columbia. That investigation is continuing."

 

Other members of Congress would not comment until Thursday’s report was aired. One congressman said he would call for a larger investigation.

 

Halsne revealed new information late Thursday. A source said there was more alleged misconduct by the agents, which included visiting strip clubs, getting involved with prostitutes and excessively drinking alcohol during a presidential trip to El Salvador in 2011.

 

The source told Halsne the agents bragged about being a part of President Obama’s Secret Service team.