By Jeremy Herb - 04/17/12 03:34 PM EDT
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) weighed in on the Colombian Secret Service scandal Tuesday, calling it an “embarrassing” incident.
Eleven Secret Service agents have been placed on leave over allegations of involvement with prostitutes in Colombia ahead of President Obama’s visit this past weekend.
In addition to the 11 Secret Service agents, at least five U.S. military service members may also be involved, and Pentagon officials say the actual number may be higher.
U.S. Southern Command is conducting its own inquiry as well, and has sent an investigator down to the scene in Colombia.
Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey said Monday that the military had “let the boss down” over the incident.
When asked about the matter at a Sunday press conference in Colombia, Obama said that he would withhold judgment until the investigation was completed, but that he would be “angry” if the allegations were true.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Peter King (R-N.Y.) said his committee is investigating the incident and will probably hold hearings on it. House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) said he hasn't decided yet if his committee will also conduct an investigation and hearings.
— Russell Berman contributed