3 Secret Service Agents Sent Home from President Obama’s Trip for Getting Drunk While on Duty

Members of the U.S. Secret Service's Counter Assault Team are seen before boarding helicopters at a landing zone in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on March 24. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)
Members of the U.S. Secret Service’s Counter Assault Team are seen before boarding helicopters at a landing zone in Amsterdam, Netherlands, on March 24. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP)

More trouble for the Secret Service on a presidential foreign trip.

The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands and placed them on administrative leave for a night of drinking just before President Obama’s arrival.

The Washington Post reported that one of the agents was found passed out in a hotel hallway Sunday morning; Obama arrived in Amsterdam on Monday.

The suspended agents are reportedly members of the Secret Service’s Counter Assault Team.

The incident comes two years after a Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia.

From the Post:

“The alleged behavior would violate Secret Service rules ­adopted in the wake of a damaging scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, in April 2012, when a dozen agents and officers had been drinking heavily and had brought prostitutes back to their hotel rooms before the president’s arrival for an economic summit.

“Under the requirements, anyone on an official trip is forbidden to drink alcohol in the 10 hours leading up to an assignment.”

SOURCE: David Jackson
USA TODAY

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