Secret Service agent: We’re being railroaded over hooker scandal

posted at 10:41 am on May 9, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Are they? The scandal involved Secret Service agents who hired hookers while in Cartagena, Colombia on an advance team for the President. Several agents got disciplinary action, including Gregory Stokes, who is on suspension. He now says that the Secret Service got railroaded, in part to deflect attention from a couple of other participants:

Asked what that means, Stokes said, “The primary reason for me talking to you here today is to make it clear that we have been denied due process. We were supposed to have had a three-person final adjudication by the Department of Homeland Security. That proceeding has been delayed. In my opinion and the — in the opinion of other agents in this situation, they are trying to starve us out. They are trying to put us in a sort of limbo in hopes that we’ll quit and go away.”

When the scandal first broke, the agency was under fire. So the Secret Service launched an internal investigation. But Congress demanded an independent probe, and the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General Charles K. Edwards promised he’d deliver one. Edwards said at the time, “I owe it to the secretary and to Congress for me to do an independent review and be transparent and come back with the recommendations and report to you what else can be done.” …

For Stokes, it is not just that he and the other agents are in hot water, it is about who he says is not in hot water. Stokes said he believes the DHS inspector general left two people out of the final report: a Secret Service executive and a volunteer White House staffer who was also the son of a powerful Washington lobbyist. Stokes says there was evidence that they also had prostitutes in their rooms at the very hotel where the president was going to stay.

The White House, Secret Service and DHS say those allegations were thoroughly investigated and were unfounded. But Stokes claims at least one investigator thought otherwise. Stokes said, “I even became aware that the lead investigator — a man of high integrity, in my opinion — was placed on administrative leave for refusing to redact or omit portions of his original report to the satisfaction of the inspector general.”

“So the lead investigator wrote up a report with the facts as he understood them, submitted it and they sent it back and said, ‘Change the facts?’” Miller asked.

Stokes replied, “That’s my understanding.”

That part should pique some curiosity on Capitol Hill.  The investigator, David Nieland, is now facing supposedly unrelated charges by DHS, according to two other CBS sources. Coming so soon after the revelations of Gregory Hicks’ demotion at State for refusing to stop refuting the talking points on Benghazi, that may pique a lot more interest.

As far as being “railroaded,” though, that seems a stretch.  Stokes isn’t disputing that the incidents occurred and that the agents participated in them.  His complaint seems to be one of selective prosecution rather than railroading.  That’s relevant, but not to the adjudication of his specific case.


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Wait a second, I think I’m… sensing a … trend here… or something … Fast and Furious, Benghazi, … Give me a minute, Ill get there …

parke on May 9, 2013 at 10:44 AM

They didn’t give their pimp obozo enough campaign donations.

Flange on May 9, 2013 at 10:48 AM

a Secret Service executive and a volunteer White House staffer who was also the son of a powerful Washington lobbyist

names, we need names

DanMan on May 9, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Wait a second, I think I’m… sensing a … trend here… or something … Fast and Furious, Benghazi, … Give me a minute, Ill get there

Just remember, folks, anyone involved with this admin is completely expendable and subject to being thrown under the bus at any time as the situation warrants. They need to be prepared to bite the bullet for the team with no complaints.

hawkeye54 on May 9, 2013 at 10:52 AM

Names.

kunegetikos on May 9, 2013 at 10:55 AM

a Secret Service executive and a volunteer White House staffer who was also the son of a powerful Washington lobbyist

names, we need names

DanMan on May 9, 2013 at 10:50 AM

who gives a fuark

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

We need a rating guage or tote board for sleaze in this current government.The sleaze factor rises by the hour.

docflash on May 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Stokes says there was evidence that they also had prostitutes in their rooms at the very hotel where the president was going to stay.

Meh! What does it matter? Would it really be all that terrible a thing if somebody got to the President? The shaved Yeti? The brats?

Happy Nomad on May 9, 2013 at 11:01 AM

That proceeding has been delayed. In my opinion and the — in the opinion of other agents in this situation, they are trying to starve us out. They are trying to put us in a sort of limbo in hopes that we’ll quit and go away.

And that’s not gonna happen! I mean, sure, I hired a Colombian prostitute, while on a protection assignment for the President of the United States – but dammit – I deserve to retire with full pension benefits. Quit, or go away? Not a chance.

Hill60 on May 9, 2013 at 11:02 AM

In the regular legal system, what Stokes would be seeking is basically a plea-bargain agreement, getting a lighter sentence for offering up information on people higher in the food chain. Of course, this assumes the prosecutors actually want people higher in the food chain — the executive branch investigators obviously do not, while we’ll see if anyone in Congress is interested (which they might not be at this time, if they’re really serious about focusing Benghazi, since it would allow the White House to revive the same talking points the Clinton folks used about sex, privacy and vendettas during the Lewinski scandal).

jon1979 on May 9, 2013 at 11:06 AM

nonpartisan on May 9, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Let me guess….not you.

MontanaMmmm on May 9, 2013 at 11:06 AM

The scandal involved Secret Service agents who hired hookers while in Cartagena,

FAIL!

He now says that the Secret Service got railroaded, in part to deflect attention from a couple of other participants:

Do your job and STFU. I can’t stand people who complain about something they were paid well to do. You’re not an agent, Bub. You’re a failure and a national disgrace.

Your legacy is dust.

Capitalist Hog on May 9, 2013 at 11:09 AM

If your job is to protect hire-ups you will never be hired again because you ultimately prove yourself unable to complete the task.

Anybody here know working SS? I know a busload of LEO from varying agencies, fed and state. I’ve met SS agent once when a kid in my university got busted, but never known one.

Capitalist Hog on May 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Soooo…….all of this whistle blowing is beginning to shake this administration loose. There are a million stories in the naked city and this is beginning to get more interesting by the day. With no leadership in the WH and no moral authority anywhere the rotten timbers are beginning to shiver. For all of you naysayers that keep insisting nothing will come of Benghazi…..just stop and actually do something for your country. Write, call, e-mail your pathetic Congress Critters. They do not want to hear from you, but that is all the more reason to be on their cases–daily.

BetseyRoss on May 9, 2013 at 11:20 AM

Coming so soon after the revelations of Gregory Hicks’ demotion at State for refusing to stop refuting the talking points on Benghazi, that may should, but won’t, pique a lot more interest.

FIFY

rogaineguy on May 9, 2013 at 11:23 AM

Whistle blower.

crash72 on May 9, 2013 at 11:34 AM

Anybody here know working SS? I know a busload of LEO from varying agencies, fed and state. I’ve met SS agent once when a kid in my university got busted, but never known one.

Capitalist Hog on May 9, 2013 at 11:18 AM

I know one relative who went through “Yankee White” clearance, but not for SS. He wouldn’t have been able to resist setting up a humiliating prank on that petulant boy-king, anyhow.

MelonCollie on May 9, 2013 at 11:41 AM

who gives a fuark

you given that response

DanMan on May 9, 2013 at 11:44 AM

For Stokes, it is not just that he and the other agents are in hot water, it is about who he says is not in hot water. Stokes said he believes the DHS inspector general left two people out of the final report: a Secret Service executive and a volunteer White House staffer who was also the son of a powerful Washington lobbyist. Stokes says there was evidence that they also had prostitutes in their rooms at the very hotel where the president was going to stay.

As soon as this scandal broke I predicted they would cover up any staffer involvement and sure enough here we are.

Wigglesworth on May 9, 2013 at 11:49 AM

Anybody here know working SS?

Had a bro-in-law that made the Communications Detail which must have been the equivalent of what these guys are. They had about eight teams that stayed ahead of the POTUS, VPOTUS and first lady during Clinton’s run. He was career Army and a stellar dude that was as fun loving as anybody you ever knew.

He said very little of what he observed but did offer opinions occasionally. He did tell us the Clinton team treated them like house servants. He told me about 20 years ago to impress on my sons the choices they had outside of the military. He predicted all the social experimentation we see now in the military and declared it would be no place for straight white males.

DanMan on May 9, 2013 at 11:56 AM

I still don’t know why we are supposed to care that some guys bought some hookers. This has been a common thing for many years among traveling govt officials. Yes, Republicans too. Don’t be stupid. Not the most classy behavior, but hey, they’re adults.

Unless it’s Obama, so what? Many other things going on far more important. Don’t waste time on this.

Moesart on May 9, 2013 at 12:00 PM

His complaint seems to be one of selective prosecution rather than railroading.

He is also claiming denial of due process. Delaying the hearings to discourage people until they quit. Doing so to end the investigation before the politically connected get caught up in it. Punishing people who tell the truth.

It’s the Chicago Way.

novaculus on May 9, 2013 at 12:10 PM

It happened so long ago…

Lets move on to Moochelle’s new dress

txdoc on May 9, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Obviously Stokes has considerably less ‘pull’ that BO’s donor.

But, what difference, at this point, does it make?

socalcon on May 9, 2013 at 1:04 PM

do you think we ever will have a government that we can look up to one thta is by the people for the people

everything is GREEEDDDEESDDSDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDEEEEED

losarkos on May 9, 2013 at 1:44 PM

His complaint seems to be one of selective prosecution rather than railroading.

It could be both. It would be hard to believe that this sort of behavior isn’t more widespread than this one incident lets on. If there’s an “understanding” that they wouldn’t get in trouble for this sort of behavior, then actually being reprimanded for it would be a blindside. Scapegoating a few to protect others would then be the way to minimize the amount of people actually punished.

theperfecteconomist on May 9, 2013 at 2:07 PM

So what’s the difference between these Secret Service agents and Bill Clinton? All they are going to get is their wee wees slapped a little bit but they’ll survive and retire as GS-17′s or something.

kens on May 9, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Do not know that railroaded is the right term. Slow boated perhaps a better term.

He claims he just wants to be taken out of limbo. A final decission made if so that seems fair.

But letting two off the hook because they have connections. Just typical corruption from our third world Administration.

Steveangell on May 9, 2013 at 2:31 PM

Meh! What does it matter? Would it really be all that terrible a thing if somebody got to the President?
Happy Nomad on May 9, 2013 at 11:01 AM

Right, we’d just have VP Biden step up… and, um…

Yeah, it’d be a terrible thing.

gekkobear on May 9, 2013 at 2:54 PM

“We’re being railroaded!”

TFB.

What a Maroon!

Another Drew on May 9, 2013 at 4:29 PM

“different spanks for different ranks”

BigSven on May 9, 2013 at 5:50 PM

Those idiots forgot the first rule of hiring a hooker: You aren’t paying them for the sex, you’re paying them to leave.

I understand why the agent is frustrated by what he perceives as selective punishment (and it is outrageous is true), but he got himself into this mess. No one made him bring a whore back to his room while on duty in a foreign country. He made that decision all by himself.

NealK on May 9, 2013 at 11:06 PM