Republican King Defends Head Of Secret Service

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Committee Chairman Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., participates in a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on June 15, 2011 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Committee Chairman Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., participates in a House Homeland Security Committee hearing on Capitol Hill on June 15, 2011 in Washington, D.C. (credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is defending the head of the Secret Service in the Colombian incident involving agents and prostitutes.

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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