Sen. Lieberman Says WH Staff Involvement Is a Reasonable Question

Senator Joe Lieberman (I-CT) said “it’s a reasonable question “to ask whether White House advance staff were involved in any of the activities in Colombia which are now the subject of Secret Service and Defense Department investigations.

Lieberman says the White House “ought to be conducting its own internal investigation” to determine whether any staff were implicated in inappropriate behavior.

Lieberman, whose Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee has jurisdiction over the Secret Service, said he takes the allegations “very seriously.”

“They were acting like a bunch of college students away on Spring weekend,” Lieberman said.

Lieberman still has confidence in Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan. “I think Director Sullivan has acted with a sense of urgency and determination.”

Lieberman’s committee also has oversight over GSA, the agency charged with ensuring efficiency throughout the federal government.

Lieberman said he cannot imagine what these people were thinking, who were spending taxpayer money on trips and parties.

Asked whether the president bears responsibility for these two scandals, Lieberman said it “would be unfair to hold President Obama responsible for this outrageous behavior at the Secret Service and the GSA. But it is fair to hold a president accountable.”