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Senate widens probe in Secret Service scandal

Homeland Security Committee will look to see if there was a "pattern of misconduct," said Senate Committee Chairman Sen. Joe Lieberman.

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Prostitutes sit at an outdoor table February 21, 2001 in Peas Coloradas, Colombia. (AFP/Getty Images)

A Senate Committee will widen its probe this week into the Secret Service scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia.

The Homeland Security Committee will send the Secret Service some questions "as the beginning of our broader investigation, asking whether... this was an exception, or is there anything in the records that show this is a pattern of misconduct," Senate Committee Chairman Joe Lieberman told "Fox News Sunday."

Some Secret Service members and agents allegedly brought back several prostitutes to a hotel in Cartagena. The Secret Service says 12 members of the agency have been implicated.

"Anyone who's found to be guilty" will lose his job, Rep. Peter King, Chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, told NBC's "Meet the Press."

The Washington Post wrote Lieberman said an investigation should also look at White House personnel, echoing recent calls from Republican Sen. Charles E. Grassley of Iowa.

Lieberman urged the Obama administration to conduct an investigation “just to make sure that none of them were involved."

“If anybody thinking the worst wanted to attack the president of the United States, one of the ways he might find out the path that he would follow in Cartagena is by compromising White House advance personnel,” he said on Fox News.

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