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Thank you the Secret Service director Mark Sullivan on Capitol Hill today came under heavy rhetorical fire for the Columbia prostitution scandal.
The first time he's talked about the issue publicly most certainly.
Will not be the last.
Chief congressional correspondent Mike Emanuel has the story.
I am deeply disappointed.
And I apologize for the misconduct of these employees.
In the distraction that is that it has caused.
That apology and an assurance President Obama was never in danger were part of the first public comments by the director of the Secret Service.
Following the Cartagena Colombia prostitution scandal last month.
Director Mark Sullivan blamed alcohol in the environment for the embarrassing incident and it says this is not part of a systemic problem.
Over the last six years we've done 37000.
Trips around the world.
And -- had no situation like like this one -- before and again I'm confident.
This is not a cultural issue.
Yet the top Republican on the committee says she believes this scandal reveals a culture that tolerated bad behavior particularly when traveling.
The numbers and prompt as well as the participation.
Of two senior supervisors.
Lead me to believe that this was not a one time that there and committee chairman Joseph Lieberman revealed there were 64 incidents of sexual misconduct allegations against Secret Service personnel over the past five years.
Most of these complaints involved sending sexually explicit emails.
Or sexually explicit material on a government computer.
Although three of the complaints involve charges of an inappropriate relationship -- -- for a national.
And one was a complaint of non consensual sexual and -- Course the outcome of the Columbia prostitution -- twelve Secret Service personnel were sent home.
Placed on administrative leave three -- clear to the most serious charges two -- being pushed out.
And six initially offered their resignations.
Two employees who had.
Originally said that they were gonna resigned that have not come back and so that they're going to a challenge that so now we will.
We will look to our revoke their security firms.
The top senators on -- committee say they do not believe Sullivan should resign.
That he's gonna open his own independent investigation into this incident.
And into Secret Service overall Brett -- meant a lot on the hill Mike thank you had on the grapevine.
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