Sen. Susan Collins: 20 Or 21 Women Involved In Secret Service, Military Prostitution Scandal

Source: AP / CBS News

WASHINGTON – At least 20 foreign women and as many Secret Service and military personnel met at a hotel in Colombia in an incident involving prostitution, and lawmakers are seeking information about any possible threat to the U.S. or to President Barack Obama who arrived for a conference soon after, congressional officials said Tuesday.

In briefings throughout the day, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan told lawmakers that 11 members of his agency met with 11 women at a hotel in Cartagena and that more foreign females were involved with American military personnel. One Republican senator said Sullivan told him he had referred the matter to an independent government investigator.

Obama and some key congressional Republicans, meanwhile, said they continued to support Sullivan.

“The president has confidence in the director of the Secret Service. Director Sullivan acted quickly in response of this incident and is overseeing an investigation as we speak in to the matter,” said White House spokesman Jay Carney.

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