House Committee Votes to Subpoena Suspected Crashers

Salahis plan to plead the Fifth

By EILEEN SULLIVAN and BOB LEWIS
|  Wednesday, Dec 9, 2009  |  Updated 6:00 PM EDT
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Congress will subpoena the suspected White House gate-crashers to testify about how they got into a state dinner without an invitation.

Lawmakers on the House Homeland Security Committee voted Wednesday to authorize issuance of subpoenas to compel the attention-hungry couple to answer questions about the Nov. 24 incident.

Tareq and Michaele Salahi have said they will invoke their Fifth Amendment rights to refuse to answer questions because they've already been vilified by the media and members of the committee. Their lawyer sent a letter to committee leadership Tuesday saying the couple planned to refuse to testify about their role in the security breach.

Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan has said normal security protocols weren't followed and three uniformed Secret Service officers have been placed on administrative leave.

The committee would not accept its top Republican's proposal to subpoena White House social secretary Desiree Rogers.

Salahi Resigns From Virginia Tourism Panel

Tareq Salahi has resigned from the Virginia Tourism Authority in an e-mail sent to Gov. Tim Kaine and Alisa Bailey, president of the Virginia Tourism Corp.

Virginia's Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services also is investigating a charitable polo event the aspiring reality TV stars sponsor.

The 130-word e-mail Salahi sent Monday said "unfortunate negative and tabloid type media" has made him a distraction to the tourism panel.
 

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