2014 is the year that proved all of my beliefs about the Secret Service being squeaky-clean true-blue types were just stupidly false.
So there was a prostitution scandal in 2012, remember? Secret Service agents were partying it up and visiting prostitutes while in Cartegena, Columbia, and they got busted. Then they were investigated.
Sheriff’s deputies in Broward County, Fla., saw David Nieland, the investigator, entering and leaving a building they had under surveillance as part of a prostitution investigation, according to officials briefed on the investigation. They later interviewed a prostitute who identified Mr. Nieland in a photograph and said he had paid her for sex.
Mr. Nieland resigned after he refused to answer a series of questions from the Department of Homeland Security inspector general about the incident, the officials said.
Yeah, the guy who was supposed to investigate the Secret Service for prostitutes was himself seen leaving a prostitute's building. And keeping mum about it, too.
Mr. Nieland seemed to have a political agenda too.
In an interview with staff members of a Senate Homeland Security subcommittee after the report became public, Mr. Nieland said that during its preparation, he had been asked to delete derogatory information because it was potentially damaging to the administration during an election year. That information, he told the subcommittee investigators, was that a volunteer member of the White House advance team in Cartagena also had a prostitute in his room.
But in its own report, released this year, the subcommittee said the changes in the inspector general’s report were part of the ordinary editing process, and it found no evidence to substantiate Mr. Nieland’s claims. The White House also denied that it had intervened in the preparation of the report, and said it had investigated the allegations against the White House volunteer but determined that they were not true.
So Nieland tries to smear the Obama administration with a coverup which wasn't a coverup at all.
It turns out Nieland really *is* a creep, in a creepy Dick Morris-like way.
In 2013, according to department officials, Mr. Nieland accused the inspector general’s office of retaliating against him for making those allegations when it suspended him for two weeks without pay after he circulated photographs that he had taken of a female intern’s feet.
The intern asked to be transferred out of the office after the incident. Mr. Nieland, according to the officials, said he had circulated the images as a joke.
After he was caught at the prostitute's building, he had stories for all who questioned him, according to the Times He told sheriff's deputies he was investigating human trafficking for the Department of Homeland Security. When they discovered no such investigation was being undertaken, the deputies found a prostitute who identified Nieland as one of their clients. Meanwhile, he told the Inspector General's office the deputies stopped him for a broken tail light.
Finally, he resigned in early August.
This is the guy who was supposed to investigate the guys who we are entrusting the safety of our elected President to?
It is past high time to clean out the house.
[h/t Alan Colmes]
[As an aside, I would love to find out whether or not former Secret Service agent and right wing message hound Dan Bongino, who is running for Congress in Maryland's 6th District was an associate of Nieland or the other traitorous buffoons who pretended they cared about protecting the President while they were leaving him and the First Family vulnerable. At least he had the sense to resign when he realized he'd choke on the prospect of protecting a black guy.]