Secret Service Scandal Might Involve White House Staffers

Joe Lieberman, Independent Senator from Connecticut

Jay Carney during his latest Press Briefing said that White House staff were cleared in the Secret Service scandal.

The White House counsel inquiry was done with “due diligence” said Jay Carney. He added that “There have been no specific, credible allegations of misconduct by anyone on the White House advance team or the White House staff.” He gave no details of the inquiry.

He cagily defined what it means to be a White House staffer. It depends on what the meaning of the word “is” is –

“WHCA, as we call it, is staffed entirely by military personnel, not by White House staff,” Carney told reporters when asked about reports that  “They are not members of the White House staff, they are not chosen by the White House.”

The reason he said that is because the newest accused staffer implicated is a member of the White House Communications Agency. Jay Carney said that despite its name and while they work closely with the White House, the agency is based in the Department of Defense.

Joe Lieberman isn’t buying it and joined Senate colleagues this week in calling for an investigation of White House staffers. At least one agent brought a prostitute back to the hotel where the President was staying five days before the President’s arrival.

“Now you’re into the hotel where the President of the United States was going to stay, and it just gets more troubling,” Sen. Joe Lieberman said on “Face the Nation.”

CBS News: …CBS News correspondent Whit Johnson reports that a law enforcement official told CBS News that the latest agent under investigation brought a woman back to the Hilton Hotel in Cartagena, Columbia, just five days before President Barack Obama would be staying there.

Until now, the Hotel Caribe had been the focus of the scandal, where the other 22 members of the Secret Service and military accused of inappropriate behavior were checked in…

There are 12 military personnel and a total of 24 government employees involved as of this writing.

Read more: Daily Mail