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3 Secret Service agents benched before Obama trip

By The Associated Press

This article was published March 26, 2014 at 6:53 a.m.

WASHINGTON — The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama's arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel.

The three agents were benched Sunday for "disciplinary reasons," said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan, declining to elaborate. Donovan said the incident was prior to Obama's arrival Monday in the country and did not compromise the president's security in any way.

The agency is struggling to rehabilitate its reputation on the heels of a high-profile prostitution scandal and other allegations of misconduct. An inspector general's report in December concluded there was no evidence of widespread misconduct, in line with the service's longstanding assertion that it has no tolerance for inappropriate behavior.

The agents sent home from Amsterdam were placed on administrative leave, according to The Washington Post, which first reported the disciplinary action. The newspaper said all three were on the Counter Assault Team, which defends the president if he comes under attack, and that one agent was a "team leader."

One agent was discovered highly intoxicated by staff at a hotel, who reported it to the U.S. Embassy, said a person familiar with the situation, who wasn't authorized to discuss the alleged behavior on the record and demanded anonymity. The other two agents were deemed complicit because they didn't intervene despite being in a position to assist the drunken agent or tamp down his behavior, the person said.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 26, 2014 at 12:49 p.m.

The Secret Service has been way over rated since 1992.

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Pobucker says... March 26, 2014 at 12:53 p.m.

Had to have been a total azz for Amsterdam hotel to turn him in. I've been there several times, stayed in many different hotels. All are accommodating to the "party" nature of tourism in Amsterdam. This guy must be bad news. Likely arrogant and full of himself.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 26, 2014 at 12:58 p.m.

Po, most on the Presidential detail are arrogant and full of themselves. And low grade for that detail.

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