A dozen Secret Service agents with President Obama at the Summit of the Americas in Colombia have been relieved of duty because of allegations of misconduct, the Associated Press reports.
The Associated Press received an “anonymous tip that the misconduct involved prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia, the site of the Summit of the Americas. A Secret Service spokesman would neither confirm nor deny the allegation.”
The Washington Post reports Secret Service spokesman Edwin Donovan is taking the allegations seriously.
“The Secret Service takes all allegations of misconduct seriously,” Donovan said. “These personnel changes will not affect the comprehensive security plan that has been prepared in advance of the President’s trip.”
Update: CNN has a full report alleging “one of the agents did not pay one of the prostitutes, and she complained to the police,” according to a Washington Post writer. A spokesman for the Secret Service wrote:
“There have been allegations of misconduct made against the Secret Service in Cartagena, Colombia, prior to the president’s trip,” Donovan said in a statement.
“Because of this, those personnel are being relieved of their assignments, returned to their place of duty, and are being replaced by other Secret Service personnel. The Secret Service takes all allegations of misconduct seriously.”
Watch the report from CNN below:
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