Salahis could face subpoena, Rogers cites executive branch privilege

The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee threatened subpoenas late Wednesday for the couple accused of crashing a White House state dinner.

After Michaele and Tareq Salahi declined this evening an invitation to appear before the committee, its chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) threatened to compel their testimony.

"If the Salahis are absent from tomorrow’s hearing, the Committee is prepared to move forward with subpoenas to compel their appearance," Thompson said in a statement.

Thompson scheduled the hearing earlier this week into last week's state dinner, in which the Salahis, who are aspiring to careers in reality television, are said to have gained entry into the event without an invitation.

The Salahis, said throug a publicist that they will not attend today's hearing, where U.S. Secret Service director Mark Sullivan is also scheduled to appear. White House social secretary Desiree Rogers, who's office was in charge of the guest list at last week's dinner, also declined to testify about the incident, citing executve branch privilege.