Congress expands probe into Secret Service scandal
Isolated incident or troubling trend?
- Duration 4:42
- Date Apr 23, 2012
Isolated incident or troubling trend?
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Right the intersection of power money and scandal is a recurring problem in Washington has bedeviled many administrations in the past and it -- this one now repair.
Is the anchor of special report.
Fascinating and very troubling that the Secret Service is at the center of his latest one I mean they are.
-- you know responsible above all for the protection of the president responsible for tracking down counterfeiters.
All kinds of you know.
An upright reputation I guess that the Secret Service and it's hard to believe.
in the middle of this one breath.
Did -- I I think this is shocking as it continues to unfold.
The fact that two supervisors.
So far and it potentially could involve.
Is something that is raising a lot of eyebrows here in Washington -- -- right the Secret Service has been described as the best of the best.
They are willing to take a -- -- a bullet for the president's.
They are usually in the interaction.
With top officials very professional and that's why this is shaken Washington.
It also kind of overlaps.
In this week -- the last couple of weeks about this GSA investigation.
Not so much that the president is at.
He is responsible for it and you saw a lot of push back on the Sunday shows for that.
But something Charles Krauthammer said on on my panel George Will echoed this weekend.
Is that concern about big government and the ability to.
Police or have a leash on all of this doesn't bode well for.
This government as it stands now yes symptomatic of of problems if you're if you're finding problems at an agency like the Secret Service which as you say.
Is supposed to be the best of the best it makes you wonder what else is going on in other lesser known corners of government.
Yeah I think there is.
Broadly a distrust.
Of government that has increased in recent years.
There is broadly a a disrespect.
For institutions as more of these.
Scandals come up now it's different the Secret Service situation and that GSA.
The general service administration and those conferences in the lavish.
The pictures in that the descriptions we've heard they're different scandals.
But it does there is kind of a broad overview.
Of concerned about what's happening with.
You -- tax dollars and I think both of these investigations have a long way to go before they're finished and you're seeing both sides of the aisle way and pretty aggressively.
On both of them.
-- talking about the GSA the General Services Administration there is outright fraud in that agency that costs taxpayers.
Millions of dollars a year according to the agency's own inspector general.
One example was a couple of government contractors.
Who were taking government credit cards and selling gas to people.
That discount prices and then pocketing the difference apparently they -- themselves about 300000 dollars according to this inspector general's report and that's just one.
Of many prosecutions of GSA contract.
I think is just the tip of the iceberg John I really do when you.
Shine a light on on something it often.
A lead you to something else and I think that these committees are now engaged up on Capitol Hill to continue looking.
This is just so brazen.
-- struck a chord with people around the country and that picture of the of the supervisor sitting in the tub is now.
Will probably raise the curtain on a number of different organizations.
Inside government that have a lot of waste.
Yeah and when that you know -- the government.
Create some of these agencies in the stimulus programs and so forth -- to try to spend money to you know stimulate the economy that money starts sloshing around in certain corners of the country.
And gets misspent.
Which goes back to the main point that Charles made a couple times and our panel and.
And again George Will made this weekend that advocates of big government.
This is trouble for that because.
Big government is often unwieldy.
And and it often results in situations.
Like this where you have.
Different organizations that have trouble containing.
A lot of aspects of how they run their operations from the intersection of money politics and scandal as we've said at the start.