Towns Summons Secret Service for Briefing on Intruders

Posted December 1, 2009 at 3:50pm

Secret Service officials are heading to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to brief House Oversight and Government Reform Committee members on the security breach that allowed a Virginia couple to crash last week’s White House state dinner.

Chairman Edolphus Towns (D-N.Y.) said in a statement he wanted a preliminary briefing from the Secret Service as it conducts an internal investigation into the incident. He said the breach “compromised the safety and security of the President and undermined our confidence in the protection we expect of the Secret Service.—

Secret Service representatives on Monday briefed staffers from the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. And on Thursday, the House Homeland Security Committee is slated to hold the first public hearing on the breakdown in White House security. The Congressional response comes as a media firestorm rages over how the couple, Tareq and Michaele Salahi, managed to make it into the executive mansion before a Nov. 24 state dinner and get their photos snapped with President Barack Obama, Vice President Joseph Biden and others.