November 30, 2009
Posted: 04:00 PM ET
By Matthew L. Walk and Eric Schmitt
From The New York Times
WASHINGTON — As part of a broadening inquiry into presidential security, Secret Service agents have interviewed the Virginia couple who sneaked into a White House state dinner last week, a senior federal official involved in the investigation said Sunday.
The interviews, which took place Friday and Saturday, were conducted in a neutral location, neither the home of the couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, nor the Secret Service’s downtown offices, the official said. He would not comment on the content of the interviews or their length.
The Secret Service is also examining its own procedures in light of the security lapse at the White House. The director of the Secret Service, Mark Sullivan, testified in March before the House Appropriations Committee’s Subcommittee on Homeland Security that his agency was adapting to the Obama presidency, but he focused on how President Obama was likely to draw larger crowds than his predecessor.
Mr. Sullivan referred obliquely to Mr. Obama as the first African-American president, making note of the “historical significance of the election” as a reason the agency was especially concerned about providing appropriate security.
Exactly how the Salahis infiltrated Mr. Obama’s state dinner for the Indian prime minister continued to preoccupy the capital and the country on Sunday, with no substantive details emerging.
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