December 9th, 2009
04:23 PM ET
6 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

Filed under: Homeland Security • Popular Posts • White House
soundoff (119 Responses)
  1. owens

    Tell them to hit the road and start living like they should and not think about writing a book about the escapades.

    December 9, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  2. Grant

    Lock em up, strip them down, and throw away the key. They can be called "enemy combatants". Far as I know, that's how the previous administration dealt with those that disagreed with them. Let's continue the trend for the sake of the world's safety. HAHAHAHA!

    Just plain sad that this is news on anything other than Nancy No-Grace's show.

    December 9, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. Another Democratic Joke and waste of $$

    The two people that should be supoeaned – the White House Social Secretary and the Secretary of Defense Liasion – are not being called by Dems - Pathetic.

    The two people they do call have aleady notified them that they will take the 5th - This is another democratic stunt and a total waste of taxpayer money -- a TV moment when Dems yell at these two and they sit there and invoke the 5th amendment - TELL ME DEMS – WHAT EXACTLY IS THE POINT???

    In the meantime the TSA screening manual is on line and nobody ges supoeaned.

    This is the Democratic Congress "acting stupidly"

    December 9, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  4. MF

    All involved need to be held accountable for their actions. After all, turning our cheeks the other way is how we ended up with our current Commander In Chief.

    December 9, 2009 06:26 pm at 6:26 pm |
  5. Perri

    Stop glorifying them. This could have been a terrible disaster if the president, his wife or the people from India had been harmed. They should be severely punished with jail time. Perhaps then they will stop smirking and thinking they are so clever. This was the Obamas first big state dinner, Mrs. Obama looked gorgeous, but attention is focused on these two crashers. What do the people of India think about this? Their leaders could have been harmed.

    December 9, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  6. maine liberal

    wasting money you say.. after 8 years of Bush/cheney fear mongering
    and raising the alert level whenever it was Politically necessary.

    December 9, 2009 06:30 pm at 6:30 pm |
  7. samm

    Did anyone notice the look on Mrs Obamas face,kinda bored looking and was the guy the party was being held for in the towel on his head looking at her boobs. Maybe I looked at the pics wrong,just my opinion.

    December 9, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  8. James

    Interesting that those saying "aren't there better things to do" have the time to submit a comment.

    December 9, 2009 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  9. Regina Utz

    The Salahi's should be in prison at this moment awaiting the review by a Federal Judge. They are not innocent. Their actions are completely not acceptable. One does no walk into the White House pretending you were inivited. Sort of reminds me of when someone gets $100,000 deposit in their bank and withdraws and leaves the county: that being; they well know it was a mistake. This whole incident annoys me as it wastes money (The Salahi's should be billed for the legal cost of any investitagiton), it displays extreme disregard of respect for the President of United States, and not to get off the point her dress sucks. Find who they are and find out why they were there and if there was no legtimate reason for them to be there than charge and put them in jail

    December 9, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  10. Bodrogligeti Andras

    Mr. Selahi should be flogged and his companion–stoned.
    Our people have already got used to that our President is
    ridiculed in late night shows. But the place of the Presidency
    is sacred. Those who don't know this must be taught the
    hard way on the soft part.

    December 9, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  11. Grasshopper

    Go after these two low-class mooches.........they want fame, give it to them......about 6 months worth.

    December 9, 2009 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  12. Jason Columbus

    Who was the Republican that attempted to subpoena Desiree Rogers? He should be investigated for submitting to undue influence from Fox Entertainment. Oh well, guess it's politics as usual, at least the Ailes way.

    December 9, 2009 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  13. Renee

    Desiree Rogers should ALSO be served with a subpoena. Let's find out EXACTLY what happened here. Maybe if Rogers wasn't primping and trying to play First Lady (watch out MO), she would've been aware that these people weren't on the list.

    December 9, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  14. Just Observing

    Any comments blaming Desiree Rogers are completely misguided. Do people really expect the WH Social Secretary to coordinate security for WH dinners??

    December 9, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  15. saftgek

    Prosecute. If found guilty, punishment to the full extent of the law.

    There is nothing complicated about this!

    December 9, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  16. Mary Patricia A. Letcher

    These people need to be jailed. First as a disciplinary action for the felony which they committed. Second, as an exam[ple to anyone else who may be narcissistic and imbalanced enough to attempt fraud, lies, trespass, and misrepresentation toward any President.

    Please note also that the photos of the Salahi woman are of her draped around or touching men. I see none of her with women. This is of further significance as the outward body language is a revelation of character and intent.

    December 9, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  17. John in Seattle

    Honestly, it's just an excuse for the panel to grandstand and browbeat these people in an attempt to create headlines. They have already indicated that they will plead the 5th amendment, so what we'll see are senators shouting rhetoric, the couple sitting stone-faced while their lawyer responds, and CNN's coverage of it on the news that evening. Nothing will have been revealed, and we'll have wasted far more taxpayer money on this than is necessary.

    The FBI and HSA could easily have taken care of all of this, along with any prosecution, but we have senators who desperately want attention.

    December 9, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  18. Tina

    This is a total waste of time and money. The one who out to be called on the carpet to testify about her incompetence is Desiree Rogers. But of course she's too busy being a guest at a state dinner rather than an employee of the taxpayers, which of course she is. The only way to make this situation right if for Obama to publicly fire Desiree Rogers.

    Of course Obama isn't going to do the right thing. Desiree is one of his friends who must be protected.

    December 9, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  19. Pete in LA, CA

    Here is a piece of advice to the Homeland Security Committee,
    STOP WAISTING TIME AND MONEY AND GET BACK TO WORK! Why not tighten security at the White House so it won't happen again and move on, rather then making a circus out of the incident and give these people more fame and credit than they deserve?

    December 9, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  20. David Oregon

    All they will do is plead the 5th and the case is closed... What a waste of time and money.

    December 9, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  21. Barbara

    In full support of the subpoena. These idiots got what they wanted-attention. These perpetual liars need to be jailed-and Now!

    December 9, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  22. Duplo

    So the House Homeland Security Committee has nothing else to do?

    December 9, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  23. Anonymous

    this country is getting to be an embarassment

    December 9, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  24. ann

    This couple should be jailed for trespassing being a ,federal offense,and the guests at the white house should have been safe from these kind of people. Crashers. I do think that this couple bluffed their way into the party.. It is not the fault of the security at the white house. I hope this administration does not cover up the truth. The American people have the right to know. It is our white house. Obama only lives there on a temporary basis. We have to deal with tthe rest of the world, and what they think about us

    December 9, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  25. barry g

    So the Republicans found something else to sink their teeth into.
    Enough about this couple already. Stop spending tax payers money and make some dedicated effort to finalize the health care bill!

    December 9, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
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