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Key congressman, Peter King, defends head of Secret Service

Congressman Peter King says this is no time to oust the agency director, based on what is known so far about the recall of 11 agents from Colombia.

By Associated Press / April 17, 2012

Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Committee on Homeland Security, speaks at a news conference in front of police headquarters in New York, March 5.

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The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is defending the head of theSecret Service in the Colombian incident involving agents and prostitutes.

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Congressman Peter King says this is no time to oust agency director Mark Sullivan, based on what is known so far about the recall of 11 agents from Colombia.

The New York Republican also tells NBC's "Today" show Tuesday that Sullivan "acted immediately" and says he thinks "it's wrong to be prejudging Mark Sullivan."

But King also says, quote, "It looks like we really lucked out on this," telling NBC it appears agents compromised presidential security with the partying that occurred in Colombia before President Barack Obama arrived for his summit in Cartagena, Colombia.

King says, "You don't allow a potential enemy into your security zone."

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