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Reps want a date with WH social secretary

Dec. 4, 2009 at 12:10 PM   |   Comments

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WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Two U.S. representatives Friday called for the White House social secretary to answer questions about the security breach at the White House state dinner.

Reps. Loretta Sanchez, D-Calif., and Pete King, R-N.Y., appearing on NBC's "Today" show, said social secretary Desiree Rogers's staff could have helped screen guests, helping prevent crashers Tareq and Michaele Salahi from passing through security checkpoints during President Obama's first state dinner, Politico reported.

"I would certainly like to hear from her what steps are being taken to ensure that in fact there is not only a Secret Service agent there with the list, but there is somebody always there from the White House," Sanchez said.

The White House has said it would fight any congressional effort to subpoena Rogers to testify at hearings on the breach, arguing she is covered by executive privilege

King restated his belief that the administration lacked grounds to block Rogers from testifying to the House Homeland Security Committee.

"I don't know what's more important than the security of the president of the United States," he said. "And this is not a policy. This is not Afghanistan or healthcare or cap-and-trade. This is strictly a personnel decision."

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