Three agents are leaving the Secret Service after a scandal involving prostitutes, strip clubs and copious amounts of alcohol in Colombia was discovered last week.
The Secret Service announced Wednesday that two supervisors were leaving - one choosing retirement while the other was being "removed for cause" - and a third non-supervisor level agent is resigning.
"Although the Secret Service's investigation into allegations of misconduct by its employees in Cartagena, Colombia, is in its early stages, and is still ongoing, three of the individuals involved will separate or are in the process of separating from the agency," the Secret Service's Office of Government and Public Affairs Assistant Director Paul S. Morrissey said in a statement.
The scandal that broke last week involved at least 11 members of the Secret Service unit that protects President Obama and 10 members of the U.S. military.
The agent advance team was in Cartagena, Colombia, preparing for the arrival of the President for the Summit of the Americas. Two nights before his arrival, the group reportedly visited a number of strip clubs and brothels, including the Pley Club, and invited around a number of prostitutes back to their hotel.
The remaining eight agents who are not leaving the service are on administrative leave at this time, Morrissey confirmed. Their security clearances have been revoked during the investigation into their conduct. The members of the military have returned to their home bases.
The scandal overshadowed the President's trip, meant to focus on trade, and called into question the inner workings of the elite corps of guards.
Multiple members of Congress on both sides of the aisle have already condemned the behavior of the agents.
Speaking out against the incident, Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine, said she was concerned this was a recurring problem.
"My instinct is that this was not one-time," Collins, the ranking Republican on the Senate Homeland Security Committee, told reporters.
Senators Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin, D-Mich., have also criticized the lack of oversight that led to the incident.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., also weighed in, saying, "I'm sure the people who are guilty will be punished but the damage makes me sad because I know the people in these organizations and they are great Americans. A few of them have tarnished the reputations of many."
According to CBS News, Secret Service Director Sullivan told Congressional staffers he expects more resignations to be announced by the end of the week.
by RTT Staff Writer
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