Despite repeated denials, a new report suggests White House aides withheld evidence in the 2012 prostitution scandal in Colombia resulting in several Secret Secret getting fired.
According to The Washington Post, new evidence suggests David Nieland, who led the investigation into the scandal, "felt pressure from his superiors [at the Department of Homeland Security]... to withhold evidence" until after the 2012 presidential election. The Post says Nieland was also told "to withhold and alter certain information in the report of investigation because it was potentially embarrassing to the administration."
The Post says records indicate a woman whose name matched the identity of a prostitute checked into the hotel room of Jonathan Dach, a volunteer member of the White House advance team, just past midnight on April 4, 2012. Dach himself has reportedly denied he had any visitors to his room in the past. The Post reached out to Dach's lawyer who denied Dach hired a prostitute or brought anyone to his room.
Current White Press Secretary Josh Earnest responded to the report via Twitter, pointing out several other media outlets reported similar information back in 2012. Though at the time, sources said a review of the incident showed the hotel log linking the prostitute and the volunteer was inaccurate.
But the White House did at least appear to acknowledge the portion of the report involving Dach.
A White House official told Fox News Wednesday, a "reported member of the White House staff and/or advance team ... had personal encounters with female Colombia nationals consistent with the misconduct reported." Though they didn't mention any names.
That statement seems to counter to more-definitive stance White House Press Secretary Jay Carney took with reporters in 2012.
FORMER WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY: "There have been no specific credible allegations of misconduct by anyone on the White House advance team or the White House staff."
Eight Secret Service agents were fired after the now-infamous prostitution scandal at a hotel in Colombia in what has become a string of embarrassing incidents involving the Secret Service.
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