Rep. King denies a request by Colombian hooker Dania Suarez to have a face-to-face chat as his committee investigates Secret Service scandal
By: Alison Gendar
Congressman said Suarez has been changing her story in key details
May 13, 2012
Rep. Pete King wants no part of a media circus if the Colombian hooker at the center of the Secret Service scandal is the ring master.
King, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, which is investigating the sexcapades in Cartagena, said Sunday that he turned down an offer for an in-person interview with Dania Londono Suarez.
“Late last Thursday, an attorney for Dania Londono Suarez contacted committee staff and requested that I meet with his client in my office,” King (R-L.I.) said in a statement Sunday.
“While such a meeting — and the inevitable circus atmosphere surrounding it — would no doubt be of great interest to the media covering this story, a meeting with her is simply not necessary at this time for the committee to conduct a serious and thorough investigation.”
King added: “For now, I have directed my staff to communicate with and gather information about the misconduct from the woman via her attorney.”
Suarez has recently been making the media rounds, offering up her tale of sexual and political intrigue.
In an interview on a Colombia radio call-in show, the brunette beauty boasted that her john for the night, Secret Service Agent Arthur Huntington, fell asleep and left his luggage and secret files out in the open.
“If I was a terrorist, I would have been able to do a thousand things,” Suarez claimed on the show, adding that she “absolutely” could have stolen the papers if that had been her intention.
But her story changed in key points when she was interviewed by Secret Service investigators at the U.S. Embassy in Madrid last week, said King, who also spoke about his response to Suarez’s request on CNN’s “State of the Union” program Sunday.
“During her interview with the Secret Service, Ms. Suarez acknowledged that at no time did she have access to any sensitive information whatsoever and had no idea that she had been involved with a Secret Service agent,” King said.
Suarez said that she and a bevy of other prostitutes had approached the off-duty Huntington and a bunch of his Secret Service colleagues as the men were swilling booze at a Cartagena disco on the night before the President arrived for a regional summit early last month.
Suarez claimed she told Huntington, 41, she would need a “gift” for her services when they got to his hotel room.
The next morning, Huntington refused to pay Suarez’s $800 fee, offering a measly $28. She went to the cops, exposing the cash-for-sex entanglements that ensnared two dozen Secret Service agents and military officials.
Also on Sunday, Sen. Joseph Lieberman (D-Conn.), who chairs the Senate’s Homeland Security Committee, said Secret Service director Mark Sullivan will testify before the body on May 23. The hearing is not expected to amount to administrative bloodletting, since Sullivan is credited with promptly investigating the scandal, taking swift disciplinary action and updating Congress every step of the way.