December 9th, 2009
04:23 PM ET
9 years ago

House committee votes to subpoena White House party crashers


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.

Related: Salahis stood out years ago

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soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. Bozo

    I have no problem with what they did, it's the secret service and other government morons that I have a problem with. If they can't do their jobs, get somebody who can, god knows there is enough qualified unemployed people out there ready to step in and man up. These people should be praised for showing how inept this government is. Be thankful they weren't terrorists. Osama Bin Laden showed you how inept this government was, and obviously we (you) didn't listen. This is going to happen time and again until either we are all dead or the terrorist are all dead. Which team do you play for?

    December 9, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  2. TD

    I think the crashers should get both a reward for pointing out the hole in the security of secrete service and then a long jail sentence for putting their personal gain in front of the country.

    December 9, 2009 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  3. mjm

    Let it go already.

    " do not care if they intended No harm; these pranksters need be made an example of and they must be prosecuted to the full extent of the law."

    They were let in. They walked in through the front door. What could you possibly charge them with? If a crime was committed, they wouldn't be subpoenaed they'd be arrested....hasn't happened. Guess why...

    December 9, 2009 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  4. Pat

    I am very glad the subpeonas are being issued and I would deal with these folks in a very serious manner. They have attempted to make a mockery out of this country, its standards of law, and as a result the citizens of this country and it had best not be them getting the last laugh as they appear to think they should. They are nothing more than common criminals. Duding themselves up in fancy clothes does not change this fact. They put themselves out there ... now the tables are turned and they can have their day in court to explain themselves but no sympathy!

    December 9, 2009 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  5. Mariann Pepitone

    Now that everyone knows about them they will watch for them trying to crash their party. It didn't take the Blacl Caucus Party long to usher them out when they saw them sitting at a table that was paid for by a guest. Also, they were ushered out of another party. They are extremely in debt, the amount of $900,000 and that's why they crash parties because they don't have the financial. They have 16 civil lawsuits against them. They want to pretend they are wealthy but not so. That's why she wants to get into a show to make money to cover their debts.

    December 9, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  6. Thierry

    This time, they are invited. I hope they will dress exactly the same way they walked into the party. Why invoking the 5th amendment rights, now that they have a chance to give their testimony? It is not TV REALITY but the REALITY of a LIVE TESTIMONY. Not very smart, not very sport for the so called Socialites / F Class level of TV reality aspirants or wannabees. I would even qualify them as stupid kids!. Definitely I won't hire them, and please don't even given them a chance for an interview, it is a waste of time. Stick to their ass and force them to testimony. JUST DO IT.

    December 9, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  7. AEK

    I find it interesting that many do not think this incident is a big deal. Indeed, when the story first broke, I cant recall the name of the security agent issuing a statement, but basically it was something to the effect that this time it was a pretty blonde and next time it could be a real terrorist (so, pretty people or blondes cannot be terrorists). I found that statement appalling (he basically laughed it off). Therein lies the real reason why this is indeed a big deal. This is an opportunity for everyone involed to learn from what could have been a terroristic act and to let other idiots (pretty or not) know that this will not be tolerated and if attempted that serious consequences will have to be faced. Certainly those agents involved made an eggregious error. I bet that if rich husband and pretty wife tried getting in by climbing the gates, they would have been shot and killed before hitting the lawn. Those agents would not have made the same mistake. Bottom line, use this and the exposure (overexposure as some feel) to be a learning tool to more adequately defend the administration and their OFFICIAL guests!

    December 9, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  8. Jim in Florida

    Goodness, Congress can be so sophmoric.

    Enough of the party crash crap.

    How about the White House providing the preliminary findings of the Fort Hood inquiry to the American people.

    What is Obama hiding?

    Change, transparency....

    Oh yeah...

    December 9, 2009 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. dreamboat

    If what this couple did is serious enough to warrant a House subpoena, why haven't they been charged with a crime? I thought there were bonafide federal laws broken here? If that's true, then what's the holdup?

    Assuming these dingbats do not plead the 5th, what do House members hope to discover during this interrogation? Although the couple, in a recent interview, claim they were indeed invited, they did not say who invited them. Which, I'd like to point out, would have gone a long way to clearing this mess up. Instead, we get: "Yes, we were invited. No, we won't say by whom. But when all is revelead, we will be vindicated." That is nonsense-speak. And it's not the kind of thing you say when you're innocent and eager to clear your name. Telling a convincing lie seems like a lost art these days.

    December 9, 2009 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. ej in Tacoma

    These party crashers are getting just what they wanted attention and chance to create a new reality show staring themselves.
    EJ in Tacoma

    December 9, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  11. Marie Laveaux

    I've read elswhere that security breaches have occured in many prior administrations, so in essence, this is not new. I think that this whole thing could be handled by the legal system; that is charge this couple with whatever laws they broke, deal with the Secret Service personnel, and get on with it. So glad to read here how concerned the righties are about our President's safety...I just know you're not outraged over all this because you think it makes the President look bad!

    December 9, 2009 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  12. GI Joe

    Jail 'em

    December 9, 2009 08:17 pm at 8:17 pm |
  13. JES

    Let's get the crashers but not the people we need to hear answers from like the Obama adminstration.

    December 9, 2009 08:25 pm at 8:25 pm |
  14. Stu

    Unless they are charged with a criminal offense, there is no "right" to an attorney or to "plead the fifth."

    December 9, 2009 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  15. Joe M

    Desiree Rogers is the one to blame...She is another do nothing in this White house which is full of them...She did not do her job, BEFORE, DURING OR AFTER. the party but collect her pay check.

    But she is a Oboso, darling so she will get off scott free and probably get a raise...She is right out of the Chicago Hood...

    December 9, 2009 08:55 pm at 8:55 pm |
  16. oldtimer

    Wow what important people these are to be summoned. Doesn;t the government have better things to occup0y their time with! If not maybe they should all go on holiday.

    December 9, 2009 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  17. Tyler

    This narcisstic, self-absorbed, juvenile, manipulative couple deserves additional exposure. Because of their obsession with appearing the creme de la creme, 3 secret service agents have their livelihood at stake. The couple protest "our lives, our home has been invaded." They invaded the White House and sought to exploit others for personal game. They both belong in a psychiatrist chair; their fundraisers are a fraud and people who bow to them are puppets. Their lives are a total fraud, with umpteen suits against them for non-payment of every service and activity imaginable; they even deceived their own charity! I'm glad the recent judge made the husband relinquish his high end watch to repay their landscaper! Their polo fund raiser in Washington DC 5/09 was a scam and anyone associated with it is low class. This couple's trickery and deception bit them in their own sweet ass. Maybe they'll think about the impact of their actions on others now if they can get over their denial. They are now being served a plate from Congress, where they'll get their own type of medicine.

    December 9, 2009 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  18. Strait Talker

    Still almost no one talking about the fact that Salahi was a Palestinian Arab and supporter of some very crazy people and that he has this kind of access to the President.

    December 9, 2009 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  19. JMilton

    As a Republican, I do not care for much of what Obama stands for. However, I still have great respect for him and the office of the President. These fools need to held accountable.

    December 9, 2009 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
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