The White House is coming under fire for not having its social planner testify at a congressional hearing today on the state dinner security breach.
The ranking Republican on the House Homeland Security Committee, New York Rep. Peter King, addressed the panel's Democratic Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson.
"This was a bipartisan request, Mr. Chairman. A bipartisan request to the White House which prides itself in being open, which prides itself on cooperation – but in this instance they are stonewalling. And for our committee to work with the White House there has to be an element of trust. They have breached that trust, " King said.
Do you agree? Should White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers have been at the hearing?
Thompson said he didn't think Rogers had to testify, since the hearing focused on security issues.
Rogers wasn't the only no-show. Tareq and Michaele Salahi who are accused of crashing the state dinner last month also stayed away.
"Maybe they didn't show because they were on the guest list," joked Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona.
But Thompson isn't laughing over the Salahis skipping the Q-and-A session. He said they will subpoena the couple to try to get them to testify on another date.
The one person who did show up on Capitol Hill was Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan.
"In this case, I fully acknowledge that proper procedures were not followed and human error occurred in the execution of our duties. This flaw has not changed our agency standard which is to be right 100-percent of the time," Sullivan said.
That was met by some anger from another Republican on the committee, who wanted to hear from the White House Social Secretary.
"I am very impressed by your willingness to take responsibility for this incident. But, you know, I never, ever expected, you know, we always expect the Secret Service to take a bullet for the president. We don't expect the Secret Service to take a bullet for the president's staff," said Rep. Charles Dent of Pennsylvania.
We'll have the latest on this story, including new insight on Mrs. Salahi's claim she was a Washington Redskins cheerleader.
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