Secret Service Agents On Obama Trip Caught Drinking, Sent Back To U.S.


Three Secret Service agents responsible for protecting President Obama in Amsterdam were sent home and put on administrative leave after going out for a night of drinking, reports the Washington Post. One agent was found drunk and passed out in a hotel hallway. The hotel staff alerted the U.S. Embassy after finding the unconscious agent Sunday morning, a day before Obama arrived. The embassy alerted Secret Service managers on the presidential trip, which included the agency's director, Julia Pierson.

The three are members of the Secret Service's Counter Assault Team, known as CAT. The alleged behavior would violate Secret Service rules ­adopted after a scandal in Cartagena, Colombia, in 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. Agents on official trips are forbidden to drink alcohol in the 10 hours leading up to an assignment. As members of the advance team, the CAT members would have been called to duty Sunday for a classified briefing ahead of the president's arrival. Drinking Saturday evening and Sunday morning would have violated that rule. Pierson traveled on Air Force One with Obama, and she is scheduled to remain on the trip as the president continues to Rome and Saudi Arabia.

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