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.