Napolitano: Secret Service scandal ‘inexcusable’
There was no risk to President Barack Obama as a result of a prostitution scandal at a Colombia hotel that involved a dozen Secret Service officers, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano told a Senate panel Wednesday.
Napolitano, who was facing questions from the Senate Judiciary Committee for the first time since the scandal erupted earlier this month, testified that the alleged behavior by Secret Service employees is “inexcusable” and a “thorough and full investigation is under way.” She said the officers’ behavior “was not part of the Secret Service way of doing business.”
“All 12…have either faced personnel action or been cleared of serious misconduct,” Napolitano said. “We will not allow the actions of a few to tarnish the proud legacy of the Secret Service.”
Napolitano also said part of the investigation will include a review of training to see “what if anything needs to be tightened up.”
When asked by committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., if Secret Service officers are specifically training on issues related to having intimate relationships with foreign nationals, she said the training is “focused on professionalism, on conduct consistent of the highest moral standards.”