Tareq and Michaele Salahi — the apparent “party crashers” who got into the State dinner last week — have been called to testify on Thursday before the House Committee on Homeland Security.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), said in a statement that Secret Service director Mark Sullivan also has been invited to testify before the committee.
“The intent of this Administration may be openness and transparency, but a security breakdown that allowed anyone who looked the part to walk off the street into a State Dinner is a slap in the face to the Secret Service employees who put their lives on the line to protect our form of government and its leaders,” Thompson said.
There is no immediate word on whether the Salahis do intend to appear before the committee, but their appearance on “Larry King Live” this evening has been cancelled. Their spokeswoman, Mahogony Jones, could not immediately be reached, but she denies reports that the couple have been shopping their story to media outlets.
At today’s press briefing, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs was asked whether the investigation of the security breach would also include the actions of White House staff.
“My understanding is that the Secret Service will look at what the Secret Service did,” he said.