December 9th, 2009
04:23 PM ET
3 months ago

House committee votes to subpoena White House party crashers

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A congressional committee voted Wednesday to subpoena Michaele and Tareq Salahi. (Photo Credit: White House Photo/File)

Washington (CNN) - The House Homeland Security Committee voted 26-3 to subpoena Tareq and Michaele Salahi to testify on January 20, 2010.

Related: Couple prepared to invoke Fifth Amendment, attorney says

A Republican attempt to subpoena White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers was ruled non-germane and the effort ultimately failed.

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soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Jam

    This is truly a breach of security. Salahi's are truly stupid to believe that no one will investigate there intentional breach. Now the spotlight is shining very brightly on them. I predict that they will be broke to start the 2010 year.

    December 9, 2009 05:55 pm at 5:55 pm |
  2. terry,va

    The fault lies with Rogers and Obummie. If Rogers had been doing her job of checking guests instead of acting like a guest, we wouldn't be having this discussion. The White House crashers would not have gotten past the gate. When is the buck ever going to stop at Obummie's desk? Answer...it never will because he's never seen a buck that he won't spend!!!!

    December 9, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  3. Dave Rankine

    You should not call them "crashers." The politically correct words are Undocumented Party Goers. Dave

    December 9, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  4. Drew

    This is a mistake by the Secret Service and other government organization. These two people should not be the ones suffering.

    December 9, 2009 05:56 pm at 5:56 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Lets See... Bush states Iraq has WMD's after 911. None are found but thousands of US service men and woman are killed. Gives banks bail out and tax custs to the rich. Cheney shoots a hunting partner and now Obama is the cause of our countrys problems.
    The republicans sure no how to pick a fight on small people. What a joke.

    December 9, 2009 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. Michael

    Yeah, bring them to Washington since this will be money out of their own pockets and when it is all done... lock 'em up!

    December 9, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  7. Baubak

    It seems that Tareq Salahi is either an Arab, Afghanistani or Pakistani. Let's clear that one first before we move any further.

    December 9, 2009 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  8. Iphonelover

    Lets See... Bush states Iraq has WMD's after 911. None are found but thousands of US service men and woman are killed. Gives banks bail out and tax custs to the rich. Cheney shoots a hunting partner and now Obama is the cause of our countrys problems.
    The republicans sure no how to pick a fight on small people. What a joke.

    December 9, 2009 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  9. NavySwabee05

    I think America should begin public cannings like they have in Singapore with a bamboo stick and sell tickets ina public venue to such event. Lets use the money to pay for better health care for our military and feed and shelter the homeless. LOL...

    December 9, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  10. AidanLove095

    This whole thing is kinda goofy altogether. The secret service failed wow what a surprise you had to know they would eventually. It's just lucky for them that nothing serious happened because that would have incurred a humongus mess.

    December 9, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  11. Jeremy in WV

    How safe our we when we let these two morons into the White House? That's pretty scary! Isn't there any real news to report?

    December 9, 2009 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  12. Tony in New York

    Why on earth would the White House throw a party so world leaders in politics and business get to know each other to facilitate trade and improve international relations? Doesn’t the president have anything better to do than party all day?

    December 9, 2009 06:02 pm at 6:02 pm |
  13. Rachel in Maryland

    It amazes me that in this day and age the secret service would not use technology with visual confirmation for each guest. When they check out the guest they could easily photograph them.

    December 9, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  14. Jer

    "What a huge waste of tax payers money! They need to get back to working on things that really matter."

    Like what Mike? This Socialized Health Care and Bunk Climate Change? Yeah, ok..

    December 9, 2009 06:03 pm at 6:03 pm |
  15. NavySwabee05

    Wait wait wait... Ive got a much better idea... Maybe President Obama should just invite Tareq and Michaele Salahi and Secret Service for a chit chat over beer in his garden like he did for the racial incident a few months ago with the professor and the police officer. That seemed * REALLY * effective and not at all a waste of taxpayer's money.

    December 9, 2009 06:04 pm at 6:04 pm |
  16. jp,michigan

    The incompetent Ms. Rodgers is still at her job? That speaks well of the Obama administration, which part of Chicago did she come from?

    December 9, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  17. Peggy

    Why doesn't anyone ask why a convicted felon was invited as a special guest? Seems like this would be more important than a couple of known status seekers that were "allowed to come in.

    December 9, 2009 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  18. Big D in NY

    We are in a world wide war on terror, dealing with Iran and have a lot of Americans on the street looking for work, and our congress is wasting it's time with party crashers???

    It's time that our leaders stop majoring in the minors, start leading and get this country back on track...

    December 9, 2009 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  19. Jungle Jesse

    For years we had to live with, "We need to take care of this right now because what if..." And now that there is another "What if..," people are up in arms about it and call it not necessary. Just be honest about your opinions and say what you're really feeling. "I don't think it's necessary because I don't like him." Fine. Boo on you, but thank you for being honest. Here's honesty... I'm glad they're being brought in because I hate reality TV. Yup. That's the only reason I'm happy about this. I can't stand reality TV or it's self-entitled "stars". So I say bring them all in.

    December 9, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  20. luis in fl

    the couple should get same treatment as
    people who crack airport security just to demonstrate the flaw
    people who crack windows security just to point out the flaw
    the cracked the president security and thanks to them now the
    president is safer.. they should be given a price like the rest

    December 9, 2009 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  21. Ruth

    This successful crashing is setting a precedent. A lot of people who want their "fifteen minutes" will be watching the outcome of the investigation. This might just be the tip of publicity stunts to come.

    December 9, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  22. rh

    Forget the trial and the publicity circus in Congress. Midnight raid on them and ship them to Gitmo in the middle of the night. No camera's in their future that way.

    December 9, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  23. whybs

    CNN would do us a favor by providing a list of politicians that voted to subpoena Tareq & Michaele Salahi, including the politicians' contact information.

    Marie MD, "Why aren't these idiots in jail?" It costs approximately $50K/year keeping someone in jail! You want to waste our tax dollars?

    December 9, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  24. Mariann Pepitone

    This is the good news. Let's face it Rogers told them they could come to the party and what to tell the security officer at the gate. She is also responsible and Obama knows it. That's why he didn't want her to testify. It would look bad for him. If they don't appear, a warrant can be issued if nessary thru the courts. She wants to be noticed and touch base with the millionaires, plus hoping Hollywood would offer her a part in the movies. They have liabilities of 900,000 and have 16 civil lawsuits pending against them. They need to go to jail for 6 months.

    December 9, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  25. EZ

    It does matter. They allegedly did something very illegal for the fun of it or profit. I am not sure which is worse. They are not above the law. And they should be judged to the full extent of it.

    December 9, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
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