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. rachel

    You know, It's not their fault that idiots let them in. The social secretary should be talking too.

    December 9, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  2. Her Momma Didn't Give Her Enough Attention

    What's with this chick. She wakes up one day and says, "Oh, I think I'll go get my hair styled for 5 hours, so me and the hubby can CRASH the White House party.

    December 9, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  3. Stephen

    Ridiculous. An oversight was made, now LEARN from it. But instead, they will drag these people through a bunch of TV time, which sounds like what they want anyway. College football, this, and so forth are all more important than getting out of Aghanistan and fixing healthcare. What a racket.

    December 9, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  4. Steven

    Congress needs to step up and make an example out of this. Two uninvited nobody wannabes were shaking our President's hand....

    Heads need to roll.

    December 9, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  5. ann

    The social seretary should be fired too. She was the one who was friends with this crazy couple She was going to let them go to the party.
    They did not belong there at the white house.

    December 9, 2009 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  6. Sam

    i just releazed that the american gov got nothing special to do 🙂 except wasting people's time and money , good good 🙂
    it is forbidden to shake the president's hands 😀 what a shame

    December 9, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  7. LadyMac

    I want to know the names of the ones who voted AGAINST the subpoena

    December 9, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  8. Sue from California

    These two people just demonstrated how easy it is to get near the President and Vice President. I'm sure there are a number of terrorists who learned something from this.

    December 9, 2009 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  9. Guy

    Yes it is some wasted time while we should focus on jobs and better economy
    BUT it looks bad for the invited guests such as the Indian president.
    Obama was safe but what about the guest president?
    These two guys are trash and the secretary made a mistake and shouydl be open, apologize or resign if she gave any favors.
    What is not supposed to be an open administration?

    December 9, 2009 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  10. joseph grabko

    It is unbelievable to me that a pair of want-to-be can evade white house security and shake hands with the president. what home land security????joe

    December 9, 2009 07:08 pm at 7:08 pm |
  11. Nancy

    This is a big deal. It happened now and who's to say it wouldn't happen again regardless who is in office at the time.

    It's a big deal when some college punk crosses on the whitehouse lawn.

    It's a big deal when a small plane strays off course and is too close to restricted air-zones.

    It's not a waste of tax-payer money because it ensures the president and our security. If someone were to happen and they had poison in their bags or fancy clothing then it would've been a major catastrophe for the entire country.

    December 9, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  12. ken smith

    they got next to the president. this is inexcusable. they need jail.
    jail needs them. people need to get fired.

    December 9, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  13. Joan

    I hope these two people really enjoyed themselves at the White House party because it is a pretty sure bet they won't ever be on any high profile invitation lists in the future. They totally ruined their credibility and instead of being on the "Housewives of Washington" it is more like "Desperate Housewives of Washington". The social secretary should definitely testify. What is she hiding from if she did her job? Right now she seems totally incompetent because her priority should have been planning a flawless event without any embarassments not to be a guest.

    December 9, 2009 07:11 pm at 7:11 pm |
  14. Silence of the Yams

    This is backwards! They should subpoena the Secret Service people who failed in their duty. And more regular citizens should be invited to each and every one of these bashes. Mrs. Tareq should be hired by the White House to do P.R. She hit the mark with that fabulous red sari for the Indian affair.

    December 9, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  15. Bethie

    If it was two Joe Blows off the street, they'd be jailed already......these two reality show wanna be's need to be sent up the river!!

    December 9, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  16. Kit

    This is an absolute waste. Our country is in two wars, our 'amazing' president is leaving for a noble-prize for doing absolutely nothing, and what the media and government cares about is a couple of party crashers? Sure, if they WERE terrorists then something would have tipped it off and the matter dealt with, but they were just a bunch of fancy idiots wanting to be part of the 'popular' crowd. Our country has more important things to do like actually dealing with terrorists and our economy. Not some stupid fame seekers. We are becoming a country of idiocy and stupidity, and something needs to be done.

    December 9, 2009 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  17. Rick

    I'm not sure why everyone is focusing on the party crashers when it was the secret service who allowed them to pass through 4 or 5 check points. They should have been turned away at the first check point. The crime here is that the secret service failed to do their job. If you prosecute the couple you would also have to prosecute the secret service personnel who allowed them through.

    December 9, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  18. Cindy

    I hope they foot the bill for this mess.

    December 9, 2009 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  19. Jason In NM

    Why are we wasting taxpayer money investigating this. The couple's lawyer has already notified everyone relevant that if subpoenaed, they will exercise the fifth–which is only common sense given the inflammatory political climate.

    Big deal–they will show up, plead the fifth to every question like any intelligent person would do, and it will be a worthless media spectacle.

    If my congressman voted for this, it will be counted against them in the next election.

    To all the people saying it isn't a game, and they should go to jail–you should be grateful that it was a game to this couple. A real villain could have done serious harm–they should be lauded for the weakness they exposed. The secret service demonstrated they don't take executive protection seriously when they let the couple in to start with.

    December 9, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  20. proud dem in nc

    Wannabe losers!!! Prosecute them.!!!

    December 9, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  21. steve criss

    I can just hear the head of Homeland Security to his minions: "We're not running an International kegger down here! Where are my Men In Black!"

    Put "J" back on the job.

    December 9, 2009 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  22. follow the money

    It is always interesting to watch Democrats spin processes according to who is in the white house. When Republicans are in power or in the white house we have to endure Democrat's public outrage and political posturing so now what comes around goes around.

    December 9, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  23. T'SAH from Virginia

    PLEASE STOP showing this picture with this CRIMINAL shaking President Obama's hand. Do you know how much this HURTS those who wants to legitimately shake his hand!!!

    It's disgusting!!!

    December 9, 2009 07:32 pm at 7:32 pm |
  24. Linda

    If all the dignitaries at that party, including our President, were now dead from anthrax, you would all be clamouring for an investigation.

    This was a serious breach, and they can use as much of my money as necessary to investigate why those holding the reins of my government were put into such possible jeopardy.

    Publicity seekers this time, who might it be next time?

    December 9, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  25. m smith

    Rogers did not drop the ball. That was not her job the repos can whine all they want but is only an attempt to make the white house look bad. Shame on them they know the true story. It is a big deal and could have been a tragedy for many people. They are not wasteing time and need to prosecute these fame seekers.

    December 9, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
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