Obama awaits Secret Service probe

President Obama has "absolute confidence" that the leadership of the Secret Service will address new allegations of sexual misconduct by agents and managers, the White House said Friday.

"The president is confident they will be fully investigated and that action, where appropriate, will be taken," White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

The White House spokesman said Obama believed recently confirmed agency director Julia Pierson would "address matters as they arise appropriately," and that the "vast majority of the men and women who work for the Secret Service exemplify" professionalism.

"They put their lives on the line to protect the commander in chief ... and that's a very weighty responsibility," Carney said.

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