GOP senator wants details of White House review of staff in Colombia

A top ranking Republican is pressing the White House for details of a recent review it conducted clearing administration staff of any misconduct in the run-up to President Obama’s visit to Colombia.
 
Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) wrote a letter to the White House on Monday with more than a dozen inquiries about how the review was conducted and the specific findings of the White House’s investigation.
 

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White House press secretary Jay Carney on Monday told reporters at a briefing that the administration had conducted a review over the weekend into allegations that Secret Service agents hired prostitutes in advance of the Obama’s trip and found “no evidence of any misconduct” on behalf of the White House's staff.
 
Grassley, citing Carney’s failure to reveal the details of the review, pushed Kathryn Ruemmler, the assistant to the President and White House Counsel, for more information. Grassley requested the details of how many White House staff had overnight guests and whether the administration has considered conducting an independent review of the unfolding fiasco.
 
Grassley, who is the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said his 14-question inquiry was based on holding Obama responsible for his pledge of openness.
 
“Declining to provide details of the internal review conducted over the weekend, contradicts that goal set by President Obama,” wrote Grassley. “Therefore, to set the record straight about what actions were taken by the White House Counsel’s Office, please provide answers to the following questions.”
 
Monday’s letter and the White House’s announcement of its review follows a request sent by Grassley on Friday that asked whether any civilians working for the administration had accompanied the Secret Service and military personnel to Colombia to prepare security for President Obama's recent visit.
 
 The Iowa Republican said it was his “understanding” that the Secret Service advance team “ordinarily … works closely” with both the White House Communications Agency (WHCA) and the White House Office of Advance.
 
Grassley requested that his staff be informed of the details of the White House’s review no later than Thursday.