The Napolitano testimony about the White House staff and prostitution scandal is making headlines on Wednesday, where her answers are being questioned by Sen. Charles Grassley, who is a rank and file member of the committee she sat before today.
Grassley thinks it is just a little too convenient that Napolitano claims she hasn't found any evidence of similar wrongdoing by the White House staff when every other government group sent in advance of the president had members involved in the prostitution scandal.
That does seem to be a stretch given that some members from every other advance group participated in some way.
"We're looking at something that is very, very serious when national security might not be protected properly," Grassley said.
While the Secret Service agents might risk the president's life if one of the hookers involved was used as leverage later by a foreign government, the danger of a compromised White House staff member is also a potential security threat to the nation.
Since several members in the different branches of the military, along with the nine Secret Service agents let go so far all took part in the Cartagena, Columbia sex scandal, it is obvious why Grassley remains suspicious of the White House staff who were also sent in advance of the president--and stayed at one of the hotels implicated.
And it is understandable that Grassley would not want to take the word of Napolitano, given her ties to those who might want to see such an action covered up.
That's why Grassley is also questioning whether an outside entity should be brought in to ensure the investigation isn't influenced by the president or others. He thinks looking into the White House staff's possible involvement may be being covered up, which would let one group off the hook in the responsibility department.
The Secret Service agents involved have born the brunt of the consequences, which would be wrong to have to do alone if members of Obama's White House staff participated as well. The truth should come out and that can only occur with an impartial investigator authorized to look into the matter.
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