White House Clears Its Staff of Secret Service Scandal-Related Misconduct

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US President Barack Obama (L), surrounded by US Secret Service agents, walks to greet guests upon arrival on Air Force One at Tampa International Airport in Tampa, Florida, on April 13, 2012. Obama arrived in Tampa to speak at the Port of Tampa, before continuing to the Summit of the Americas in the Colombian city of Cartagena.     AFP PHOTO/Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
Photo: SAUL LOEB/2012 AFP

The White House has cleared itself of any wrongdoing in the Secret Service scandal, Jay Carney announced today. Addressing rumors that members of the administration's advance team (different from Secret Service members doing advance work for the president) were under investigation for hiring prostitutes in Colombia, the press secretary told reporters there was "no indication of any misconduct" by White House staff.  However, he refused to explain how the team assigned to look into the matter had reached that conclusion: "I don't have, and I'm not going to give you, a blow-by-blow of what is involved in the review." Probably better that way?