Lieberman: White House should probe its own staff’s behavior in Cartagena

posted at 2:00 pm on April 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Could the sex scandal in Colombia spread to the White House?  Joe Lieberman is worried enough to suggest that the White House start an investigation of its own staff’s behavior in Cartagena:

In the midst of an investigation into alleged misconduct by Secret Service agents and U.S. military members in Colombia, the head of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs said the White House should launch its own internal investigation into its advance staff on that same trip.

“The White House ought to be conducting its own internal investigation of White House personnel who were in Cartagena, just to make sure that none of them were involved in this kind of inappropriate behavior,” Sen. Joe Lieberman, I-Conn., said on Fox News Sunday.

The expanding scandal has implicated 12 Secret Service agents and 10 U.S. military members in misconduct involving prostitutes while preparing for President Obama’s trip to Cartagena, Colombia. All 12 of those agents had their security clearances revoked and, as of Friday, six had resigned, retired, or been fired.

Be sure to watch the entire interview with Chris Wallace. I was struck by the caution Lieberman employed in making statements about potential compromises in security; apparently, even after several days, the Senate Homeland Security Committee that Lieberman chairs and which has oversight over the Secret Service does not have enough information on what happened to know for certain that security was not compromised. He’s also unclear on what rules of conduct are in place for advance Secret Service teams, or if the agents even knew for certain what those rules require. Even without that, Lieberman says he still has confidence in Director Mark Sullivan — although he says that confidence is limited to “today,” and might change when they find out more of the details about Cartagena:

Regarding the Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia, Lieberman says he takes this very seriously. “They’re charged with the protection of the life president and vice president of the United State and their families. … History is full of cases where enemies have compromised people in security or intelligence positions with sex.”

Chris Wallace asked if there was any evidence that these women had access to classified information. Lieberman said from everything he’s heard so far there is no evidence that information was compromised, but, “If Secret Service gets the reputation that when they’re off duty, not when they’re on duty, when they’re on assignment and off duty, they’re going to be acting like a bunch of college kids on spring weekend, then people who are hostile to the U.S., people who may actually want to attack the president of the United States may begin to take advantage of that vulnerability.”

He said he’s begun an investigation of not just this particular instance but also a broader investigation to whether this is an exception or a pattern of misconduct among agents while they’re on assignment and off duty. If it is found to be a repeated behavior, Lieberman says he will follow up on why wasn’t it noticed prior to this instance and what’s going to be done to ensure it never happens again.

Chris Wallace starts off asking Lieberman about the Iranian claim that they have reverse-engineered a drone aircraft based on the one captured from the US. Lieberman says to take that claim with a huge grain of salt:



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Yeah, let me know how that ‘probe’ goes. Eh, Joe Lib?

chewmeister on April 22, 2012 at 2:04 PM

Hmmm, did Joe just tell the Obamanation Administration to go “probe” itself???

SWalker on April 22, 2012 at 2:05 PM

Obama has complete confidence that Sullivan will keep his investigation strictly within the SS and military. After all, his job depends on it.

Wigglesworth on April 22, 2012 at 2:06 PM

“But I got Bin Laden!!!”
 
- President Barack H. Obama

rogerb on April 22, 2012 at 2:07 PM

Oh yes, this would be swept under a rug if the WH did the “probe” its self.

upinak on April 22, 2012 at 2:08 PM

rogerb on April 22, 2012 at 2:07 PM

yeah, to bad Hillary was calling all the shots.

upinak on April 22, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Why don’t you just link arms with your worthless RINO buddy (McCain), and wander into the sunset, you worthless dolt.

You reek of business-as-usual, D.C. scum.

Go home already pops…..you’re more than used up and we’ve given you enough taxpayer money.

Tim_CA on April 22, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Oh yes, this would be swept under a rug if the WH did the “probe” its self.

upinak on April 22, 2012 at 2:08 PM

ROTFLMAO…

a) I think the Obamanation Administration actually does “probe” itself on a regular basis…

b) I suspect Joe’s use of the term “Probe” might have been a metaphorical phrase for something else…

SWalker on April 22, 2012 at 2:12 PM

I’m sure holder will get right on this to get to the bottom of the ‘bad behavior’ by the wh staff? holder has done such a dandy job on everything else he is involved with?
L

letget on April 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Well, first of all, I’d like there to be an investigation to make sure that none of those hookers were she-males. It’s one thing to have Secret Servicemen who are horn dogs, it’s another thing if they’re sexual deviants.

ardenenoch on April 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Joe,

Are you seriously suggesting this White House to investigate its own staff? The idea is LAUGHABLE at best.

I’d like to know which members of the press were staying there. Some reports indicated some members of the press were also staying at that hotel. Why haven’t they reported what they saw and heard?

dogsoldier on April 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

It’s one thing to have Secret Servicemen who are horn dogs, it’s another thing if they’re sexual deviants.

ardenenoch on April 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Careful….Obama hasn’t eaten yet.

Tim_CA on April 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM

holder has done such a dandy job on everything else he is involved with?
L

letget on April 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM

“Really Fast and Furious”.

upinak on April 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Why haven’t they reported what they saw and heard?

dogsoldier on April 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Ummmm…. because they paid their hookers to keep their mouths shut?

SWalker on April 22, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Joe, when you look a lot like Droopy Dog, you should think twice before criticizing this President!

Valkyriepundit on April 22, 2012 at 2:19 PM

yeah, to bad Hillary was calling all the shots.

upinak on April 22, 2012 at 2:10 PM

Pun intended?

chewmeister on April 22, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Well, first of all, I’d like there to be an investigation to make sure that none of those hookers were she-males.
 
ardenenoch on April 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM

 
This administration would give that SS agent a promotion:
 
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2010/01/president-obama-names-transgender-appointee-to-commerce-department/

rogerb on April 22, 2012 at 2:20 PM

Pun intended?

chewmeister on April 22, 2012 at 2:20 PM

nope, no pun.

How the hell can you “manage” a nation on a golf course?

upinak on April 22, 2012 at 2:21 PM

Get Kevin Jennings, 0bama’s fisting czar, to do the “probing”.

Rebar on April 22, 2012 at 2:23 PM

yeah, to bad Hillary was drinkcalling all the shots.

upinak on April 22, 2012 at 2:10 PM

VegasRick on April 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

upinak on April 22, 2012 at 2:17 PM

I guess I should have put the sarc tag after my post, but I thought it wasn’t necessary? I will do so in the future. And NO holder has done zero for our Republic on anything.
L

letget on April 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM

VegasRick on April 22, 2012 at 2:24 PM

That too, I’m sure.

chewmeister on April 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Where there is smoke there is a fire.

Beck asked for this last week, saying “I only ask questions to which I know the answer already”. I know, it’s Beck…but keep eyes open. The WH staffers will not be clean on this.

Schadenfreude on April 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Under Sarbanes-Oxley would Obama be held accountable for the GSA? Solyndra? Would Eric Holder be held accountable for Fast and Furious?

I guess if government by democratics is your god, they can be held accountable for nothing.

jaime on April 22, 2012 at 2:27 PM

letget on April 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM

L, I knew what you meant.. I just gave it a name. :)

upinak on April 22, 2012 at 2:28 PM

Where there is smoke there is a fire.

Beck asked for this last week, saying “I only ask questions to which I know the answer already”. I know, it’s Beck…but keep eyes open. The WH staffers will not be clean on this.

Schadenfreude on April 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM

But, but, this is the most transparent administration, evah.

chewmeister on April 22, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Was he giving the WH some type of heads up? Like, clean up your mess before Issa catches on.

joedoe on April 22, 2012 at 2:32 PM

To be fair, I can see how Valerie Jarrett would have to pay someone to sleep with her.

SouthernGent on April 22, 2012 at 2:32 PM

Where there is smoke there is a fire.

Beck asked for this last week, saying “I only ask questions to which I know the answer already”. I know, it’s Beck…but keep eyes open. The WH staffers will not be clean on this.

Schadenfreude on April 22, 2012 at 2:26 PM

More often than not Beck asks these questions first and then weeks later when someone else starts asking them they act like they were on top of the issue from the outset.

Rio Linda Refugee on April 22, 2012 at 2:34 PM

Ummmm…. because they paid their hookers to keep their mouths shut?

SWalker on April 22, 2012 at 2:18 PM

I’m asking what they reporters present during that week have not provided any information about the Secret Service orgy that apparently went on for a week.

You can’t keep something this big, including the reported party, quiet. The members of the press present during the festivities had to have seen and heard what was going on. So why haven’t they reported on it?

dogsoldier on April 22, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Sorry I meant to write “I’m asking why the reporters..”

dogsoldier on April 22, 2012 at 2:41 PM

Lieberman: White House should probe its own staff’s behavior in Cartagena

BigSven’s suspicions must be catching on.

–Why just the hetero-sex military types being “probed” and singled out for punishment?

There was a huge “pre-arrival package” in place prior to President arrival. Let’s check up on :

–State Department advon teams
–White House advon teams
–Any contractors paid by the government

And just for grins, lets find out what members of the American MSM, FOX too, were bringing to their hotel rooms and such !! :)

BigSven on April 22, 2012 at 2:44 PM

I’m asking what they reporters present during that week have not provided any information about the Secret Service orgy that apparently went on for a week.

You can’t keep something this big, including the reported party, quiet. The members of the press present during the festivities had to have seen and heard what was going on. So why haven’t they reported on it?

dogsoldier on April 22, 2012 at 2:40 PM

Hmmm, well of course they all knew about it, they were probably invited guests. All I can suggest to you is… that you take some time and very seriously consider the meaning of the phrase “Fifth Column Treasonous Media” Honestly, it is the answer to the question you are asking.

SWalker on April 22, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Why don’t you just link arms with your worthless RINO buddy (McCain), and wander into the sunset, you worthless dolt.

You reek of business-as-usual, D.C. scum.

Go home already pops…..you’re more than used up and we’ve given you enough taxpayer money.

Tim_CA on April 22, 2012 at 2:11 PM

You have to be a liberal hence the reason why you make so much sense on this topic.

It’s okay to disavow yourself from me though. I definitely don’t want to hurt your right wing bonafides on HA.

Uppereastside on April 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM

OBAMA SHOULD PROBE HIMSELF.

That’s about as close to a sex scandal as Obama will ever get, being a neuter kind of fellow.

profitsbeard on April 22, 2012 at 3:00 PM

The White House would investigate if they wanted to root out this sort of behavior, but if it’s prevalent and known and generally acceptable, they’d have no reason to do so.

theperfecteconomist on April 22, 2012 at 3:01 PM

Get Kevin Jennings, 0bama’s fisting czar, to do the “probing”.

Rebar on April 22, 2012 at 2:23 PM

Heh.

Jaibones on April 22, 2012 at 3:11 PM

You have to be a liberal hence the reason why you make so much sense on this topic.

It’s okay to disavow yourself from me though. I definitely don’t want to hurt your right wing bonafides on HA.

Uppereastside on April 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM

weren’t you suppose to “log Off”?

upinak on April 22, 2012 at 3:12 PM

BREAKING NEWS…..

SARKOZY LOSES

France set to fall off the edge into deep Socialism again and Islamic Control.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/france/9219689/Francois-Hollande-the-drab-Socialist-who-declared-finance-his-true-enemy.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6-3X5hIFXYU

PappyD61 on April 22, 2012 at 3:13 PM

What are the chances ANYTHING will be done about any White House knowledge or involvement in this “scandal”?

Hell………meet snowball.

PappyD61 on April 22, 2012 at 3:14 PM

You have to be a liberal hence the reason why you make so much sense on this topic.

It’s okay to disavow yourself from me though. I definitely don’t want to hurt your right wing bonafides on HA.

Uppereastside on April 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM

LMAO….right you are troll…I’m a Liberal who’s for small-government, strong borders, an END to illegal immigration, pro-2nd ammendment and an end to marxist healthcare schemes.

You nailed me.

Tim_CA on April 22, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Chris Wallace starts off asking Lieberman about the Iranian claim that they have reverse-engineered a drone aircraft based on the one captured from the US.

Iranians are lying, they have no need to reverse engineer anything.
I think Hussein send them the drone and then it’s design and everything else the mullahs needed ,
to acquire a delivery system for their malice guided by their deviant cult .

burrata on April 22, 2012 at 3:20 PM

Tim_CA on April 22, 2012 at 2:11 PM

You have to be a liberal hence the reason why you make so much sense on this topic.

It’s okay to disavow yourself from me though. I definitely don’t want to hurt your right wing bonafides on HA.

Uppereastside on April 22, 2012 at 2:56 PM

Good Solid B+

Del Dolemonte on April 22, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Iranians are lying, they have no need to reverse engineer anything.
I think Hussein send them the drone and then it’s design and everything else the mullahs needed ,
to acquire a delivery system for their malice guided by their deviant cult .

burrata on April 22, 2012 at 3:20 PM

I used to make parts for the Predator, I seriously and profoundly doubt that even if the Obamanation Administration gave Iran the fully blueprints and schematics for one of our drones that the Iranians could reproduce a fully and correctly functional drone.

Those drone, yea, they really and truly are cutting edge rocket science, there is nothing simple or easy about building them.

SWalker on April 22, 2012 at 3:26 PM

burrata on April 22, 2012 at 3:20 PM

lol….the Iranians couldn’t reverse-engineer a transistor radio without help.

Obumbles needs to be worrying about the 1940′s technology (i.e. the nuke program) that the idiots (after decades)are on the verge of making work.

Hang in their isreal….a true ally is only an election away.

Tim_CA on April 22, 2012 at 3:31 PM

PappyD61 on April 22, 2012 at 3:13 PM

From your link:

“I am not dangerous”, saying his desire to regulate finance was no more radical than that of Barack Obama.

Sacré bleu!

Fallon on April 22, 2012 at 3:37 PM

So, is Lieberman still thinking about voting for obama as he stated last year? Perhaps Lieberman needs to PROBE around in his cobweb-filled skull and see if he can find any viable brain cells.

Pork-Chop on April 22, 2012 at 4:06 PM

Lieberman: White House should probe its own staff’s behavior in Cartagena

…how long before Joe notices a couple of guys in black beret’s thumping a baton in the palms of their hands?

KOOLAID2 on April 22, 2012 at 4:08 PM

Upyerasssideways

weren’t you suppose to “log Off”?

upinak on April 22, 2012 at 3:12 PM

…l i b e r a l s
l i e !

KOOLAID2 on April 22, 2012 at 4:13 PM

SWalker on April 22, 2012 at 2:51 PM

Yeah, if they reported what they saw and heard it might embarrass their messiah or something.

dogsoldier on April 22, 2012 at 4:31 PM

After watching this, this morning, its quite obvious why him and McCain are such pals. They don’t stand for anything. Anything goes and we’ll be nice not to mention anything.

What do you call a busload of senators going off a cliff? A good start.

Mirimichi on April 22, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Come on MAN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Day wuz jus settin up some ho’s fo duh wun………….

an den day dun got jammed up by some greedy ho.

Can you even fathom if this had been on GWB’s watch?!?!?!

I am still waiting for duh wun dat one to BLAME GEORGE BUSH!!!!!

Or, was it that

evil Karl Rove, or perhaps DARTH CHENEY
bwahahahahahahahahhahahahahahhaaaaaaa

RealMc on April 22, 2012 at 5:23 PM

And that staff probe can start out with the Sec. State who was also having a grand time down in Cartagena. Isn’t it a great thing that the Secret Service scandal provides a great cover for how terrible the actual summit was? Yes all that ‘smart power’ failing to get agreements and having the US being the punching bag of everyone with a gripe and not bothering to help out our friends and allies… typical Obama.

The scandal isn’t the Secret Service.

The scandal is our lack of foreign policy.

ajacksonian on April 22, 2012 at 5:27 PM

White House should launch its own internal investigation into its advance staff on that same trip.

Why? Does Joey think they’d release the results?

Would anyone BELIEVE the results if they did?

GarandFan on April 22, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Joe, you’re part of the problem.

Are you calling out any one in your party for anything?

Debt? Fast & Furious? Solyndra? Keystone?

Zip. Nada. Nothin’… that’s what you good for.

You could have made a stand in your last years, try and make up for all that nothin’ that preceded.

Go have a drink with Arlen Specter and Ben Nelson, just to name a few.

Shame on you, Joe.

Typicalwhitewoman on April 22, 2012 at 6:05 PM

FOX News Sunday:TRANSCRIPT
**************************

Sen. Joe Lieberman on Secret Service scandal; Gov. Mitch Daniels talks race for the White House
Published April 22, 2012 | Fox News Sunday | Chris Wallace

Special Guests: Sen. Joe Lieberman, Gov. Mitch Daniels
=======================================================

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-news-sunday/2012/04/22/sen-joe-lieberman-secret-service-scandal-gov-mitch-daniels-talks-race-white-house

canopfor on April 22, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Liebermans saying that off duty Secret Service agents acting like
colledge kids,if I heard that correctly,reminds me,of Team Obama
and the infamous Administration Staffers Beer Pong Gate!!

And its great to see that the Liberals(Hope and Change) have
the Adults in charge!!(sarc)

Beer Pong
*********

Hard-workin’ White House staffers cut loose with beer pong
posted at 9:32 pm on June 7, 2010 by Allahpundit

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/06/07/hard-workin-white-house-staffers-cut-loose-with-beer-pong/

canopfor on April 22, 2012 at 9:08 AM
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LIEBERMAN: The answer I’m going to give is not conclusive. But from everything I’ve heard from up to this point — no, there is no evidence that information was compromised. But here again, if the Secret Service gets the reputation that when they are off-duty, not when they’re on duty

– when they’re on assignment and off-duty, they’re going to be acting like a bunch of college kids on spring weekend,

http://www.foxnews.com/on-air/fox-news-sunday/2012/04/22/sen-joe-lieberman-secret-service-scandal-gov-mitch-daniels-talks-race-white-house

canopfor on April 22, 2012 at 7:21 PM

This situation has been coming for a while.

BHO travels like a 16 year old who just got the keys to her daddy’s convertible. So the troops are getting less downtime between deploys. Thus the stupid keeps building up.

Also, look at the size of the entourage that BHO travels with. These folks need to be guarded as well, so you have to pull in more USSS agents. Agents who like almost all USSS agents are superlative gunfighters and almost insanely brave but may lack the polish and off duty judgement to normally have gotten anywhere near the Presidential entourage.

It boils down to: you have B squad troops, who would be A level anywhere else, getting amped out due to overextended travels doing stupid shit.

Color un-surprised.

Nathan_OH on April 23, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Well, first of all, I’d like there to be an investigation to make sure that none of those hookers were she-males.

ardenenoch on April 22, 2012 at 2:14 PM

Hillary was hooking? I would never have known it, to look at the pictures, she was the consumate Lady.

askwhatif on April 23, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Why haven’t they reported what they saw and heard?

dogsoldier on April 22, 2012 at 2:16 PM

Ummmm…. because they paid their hookers to keep their mouths shut?

SWalker on April 22, 2012 at 2:18 PM

You really expect one set of hookers to inform on another set? Why, because the Colombian women got paid in cash, but the MSM-types do it for free? You think the “I’m easy” folks are suddenly going to find some self-respect?

rwenger43 on April 23, 2012 at 1:35 PM

White House should probe its own staff’s behavior

I thought “staff probing” was the problem.

Dr. Charles G. Waugh on April 23, 2012 at 9:44 PM