Criminal Charges For White House Party Crashers? Senators Say Yes

Everyone, including the Secret Service, agrees that it screwed up big time last week when two reality TV hopefuls were allowed in to the State Dinner at the White House even though they did not have invitations.

And there seems to be bi-partisan agreement that the circumstances need to be investigated and security procedures reviewed.

But should Michaele and Tareq Salahi face criminal charges? Senators Evan Bayh, D-Ind., and Jon Kyl, R-Ariz., say yes. They spoke on Fox News Sunday. Fast forward to the 11:45 mark if you want to zero in on the discussion of what to do with the party crashers. As Kyl says, it is a crime to lie to federal agents:

The Washington Post reports that:

A source who had spoken to senior Secret Service officials said the Salahis were allowed inside in violation of agency policies by an officer outside the front gate who apparently was persuaded by the couple's manner and insistence as well as the pressure of keeping lines moving on a rainy evening.

And The New York Times says it's been told by a "senior federal official" that the Secret Service "is still considering bringing charges against the Salahis."

This seems to beg the question:

(We'll close the question at 9 a.m. ET Tuesday.)



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