Secret Service Scandal Hearing Scheduled

A general view of the Hotel Caribe in Cartagena, Colombia on April 15, 2012. US secret service agents who have been accused of misconduct amid a sex scandal had reportedly stayed at the Hotel Caribe before being set back to the US.
Photo: MAndel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

As Joe Lieberman confirmed to CNN today, a May 23 Senate hearing regarding the always-colorful Secret Service has finally been scheduled. The hearing will feature testimony from Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan and Acting Inspector General Charles Edwards, who will answer questions about whether they are satisfied with the investigation into what happened last month in Colombia, and whether they feel the agents’ bad behavior could have been predicted or prevented.

Meanwhile, the woman at the center of the debacle offered to meet with Representative Peter King, chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, which is conducting its own inquiry. King graciously declined, but directed his staff “to communicate and gather information about the misconduct from the woman via her attorney.” And, if she feels like it, maybe more on the agents’ fascination with their own washboard abs.