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New Documents Show More Problems for Secret Service

Incidents date back to 1993.



    New Documents Show More Problems for Secret Service
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    The Secret Service is once again under fire as past incidents have come to light following the release of new documents Friday.

    News outlets discovered multiple incidents involving agents, with some reports dating back as far as 1993.

    It’s all part of a Freedom of Information Act request by news organizations that was filed after the most recent scandal involving Secret Service agents in Colombia.

    Secret Service spokesman Brian Leary told USA Today “the vast majority of the reports did not involve alleged misconduct by Secret Service agents or officers.”

    The most serious of the incidents documented was in 2002, when five agents were sent home from the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City after police found them partying with underage girls.

    Officials say the agents were disciplined at the time.

    Other incidents include claims of sexual harassment, soliciting prostitutes, burglary, and firing their weapon during an argument.

    Lawmakers are concerned the Colombia incident speaks to a larger problem of an out-of-control culture among agents.

    But Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan disagrees.

    He told the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee last month that the agents involved “did some really dumb things and made very bad decisions.”