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Salahis slapped with subpoena; congressional panel declines to subpoena Desiree Rogers

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WASHINGTON--The couple accused of crashing the Obama state dinner was slapped Wednesday with a subpoena to testify before the House Homeland Security Committee. Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Ms.), the chairman, wants them to appear before his panel on Jan. 20. The Salahis declined an invitation to testify last week how they manager to glide past Secret Service agents and enter the White House for the Nov. 24 state dinner for the Prime Minister of India even though they were not on the guest list.

A bid by Rep. Peter King (R-NY) to have the panel also subpoena White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers was ruled non-germane. The White House blocked Rogers from testifying on separation of powers grounds. Last week, the Secret Service director, Mark Sullivan, told the committee his officers failed to follow their own procedures and let the Salahis in even though they were not cleared. Three Secret Service officers involved in the incident have been put on leave.

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DESIREE ROGERS DIDN'T CRASH THE DINNER, SO WHY SUBPOENA HER, THE SALAHI'S ARE QUIET AS A BUNCH OF CHURCH MOUSES, THEY SHOULD HAVE NEVER DONE WHAT THEY DID, THEY ARE BEING CALLED TO TESTIFY SO THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN, THEY CAN TAKE THE FIFTH, BUT BY SHOWING UP, THEY WON'T BE ABLE TO GET A FREE MEAL EVER AGAIN, THEY SHOULD LAY LOW LIKE BONNIE AND CLYDE, VERY POOR JUDGMENT IN CRASHING THE WHITE HOUSE STATE DINNER!

About time! Now let's move on to charges against this dreadful duo...they are a disgrace to themselves and the country. A stiff prison sentence and hefty fine levied against them would please a huge number of Americans. Their arrogance and media mongoring reflects a totally narcissistic rude ignorance.

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