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Secret Service agents sent home from Obama trip

Mar. 26, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By DAVID JACKSON   |   Comments
Members of the U.S. Secret Service Counterassault Team walk towards the U.S. presidential motorcade after arriving Wednesday at Brussels National Airport in Zaventem. Three Secret Service agents tasked with protecting President Barack Obama during his visit to Amsterdam this week were sent home after a night of drinking, with one found passed out in a hotel hallway, the Washington Post reported.
Members of the U.S. Secret Service Counterassault Team walk towards the U.S. presidential motorcade after arriving Wednesday at Brussels National Airport in Zaventem. Three Secret Service agents tasked with protecting President Barack Obama during his visit to Amsterdam this week were sent home after a night of drinking, with one found passed out in a hotel hallway, the Washington Post reported. (Saul Loeb / AFP)

More trouble for the Secret Service on a presidential foreign trip.

The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands and placed them on administrative leave for a night of drinking just before President Obama's arrival.

The Washington Post reported that one of the agents was found passed out in a hotel hallway Sunday morning; Obama arrived in Amsterdam on Monday.

The suspended agents are reportedly members of the Secret Service's Counter Assault Team.

The incident comes two years after a Secret Service prostitution scandal in Colombia.

From the Post:

"The alleged behavior would violate Secret Service rules­ adopted in the wake of a damaging scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, in April 2012, when a dozen agents and officers had been drinking heavily and had brought prostitutes back to their hotel rooms before the president's arrival for an economic summit.

"Under the requirements, anyone on an official trip is forbidden to drink alcohol in the 10 hours leading up to an assignment."

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David Jackson writes for USA Today.

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