One of the Secret Service agents connected with an alleged prostitution scandal was staying at the Colombian hotel where President Barack Obama lodged a few days later, a top lawmaker involved in the investigation said Sunday, adding that the development makes the incident “more troubling.”
Sen. Joe Lieberman (I., Conn.), chairman of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, said that the 12th Secret Service employee implicated in the events was staying at the Hilton in Cartagena, not the Hotel Caribe, the hotel that has garnered most of the public attention. The agent is now on leave.
Mr. Lieberman said while it remained unclear what the 12th agent’s alleged role was, the revelation brings the scandal into the same hotel where the president stayed days later and thus closer to Mr. Obama’s actual security. Mr. Obama visited Cartagena days after the alleged incident for a summit of Western Hemisphere leaders.
“It just gets more troubling,” Mr. Lieberman said on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”