Secret Service agents sent home after alleged drinking

 

Three Secret Service agents in the Netherlands ahead of President Obama’s trip there were sent home prior to the president’s arrival, reportedly after a night of excessive drinking. One agent was discovered drunk and passed out in a hotel hallway.

The three agents have been placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan told the Washington Post, which reported the incident.

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Donovan told the Associated Press that the incident occurred before the president arrived in the Netherlands on Monday, and that Obama’s security was not compromised in any way.

The individuals were reportedly members of the service’s Counter Assault Team, which is tasked with protecting the president if he comes under attack. 

The agents may face additional disciplinary action under new rules adopted following the agency’s Colombia prostitution scandal in 2012. Following that incident, the service placed new restrictions on when agents could consume alcohol while traveling on business, and 10 agents resigned or were removed from their jobs.

When the Colombian scandal was first revealed, Obama said the agents’ behavior was “unacceptable.”

“We’re representing the people of the United States, and when we travel to another country I expect us to observe the highest standards because we’re not just representing ourselves,” he said.

The president is in the midst of a four-country tour through Europe and the Middle East.