Senator Chuck Grassley released the following statement after a Seattle-based CBS television station revealed alarming information that Secret Service agents may have paid for escorts while working in El Salvador in advance of the President’s trip to the country in March 2011. Grassley is the Ranking Member of the Senate Judiciary Committee which has jurisdiction over the Secret Service.
“This latest allegation only reaffirms the need for independent investigations by the Inspector General. Regardless of whether the incidents were previously referred to internal investigators, they need to be examined. There are rumors flying about various incidents over several years about the conduct of Secret Service personnel, as well as other law enforcement and military personnel in locations around the world. The only way to put to rest the rumors of a much wider problem is for the allegations to receive transparent and independent reviews.”