WASHINGTON -- Republican Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, said Sunday that he will monitor an investigation into allegations that Secret Service agents and members of the military may have been involved with prostitutes while in Colombia last week to prepare for President Obama's participation in the Summit of the Americas.
“We will participate in over-the-shoulder investigation,” Issa told CBS’ Bob Schieffer on Sunday, saying it was too soon to say whether hearings would be called.
Eleven Secret Service agents were placed on administrative leave and five military personnel with the U.S. Southern Command were confined to their quarters after the alleged incident, which occurred early Thursday morning at the Hotel Caribe, a historic beachfront hotel in Cartagena.
Issa said he believes the number involved may be higher.
“We’re asking for the exact amount of all the people who quote were involved,” he said. “This kind of a breach is a breach in the federal workforce's most elite protective unit, and they don’t just protect the president, of course -- they protect the Cabinet members, the vice president, the first family, candidates. So when you look at this, you realize if you can have this kind of breakdown, one that could lead to blackmail … we’ve got to ask where are the systems in place to prevent this in the future?”