The Secret Service is moving fast to extinguish its prostitution scandal but an onslaught of lies, lawsuits, and investigations guarantee that the media frenzy isn't going anywhere. In short: The story has lots of loose ends.
This morning, former Secret Service Director Brian Stafford tells CBS News that the ouster of three agents last night less than a week after the scandal broke shows the agency is hellbent on putting out the media firestorm. "This attention is negative, and it's not good," he said. "The Secret Service wants to get it behind them probably more than anybody else does at this point." Unfortunately for the agency, a series of new threads are popping out of this giant yarn ball, and there's a lot that remains unresolved:
The lawsuits This morning, a Congressional aide tells Norah O'Donnell at CBS News that one of the ousted secret service agents plans to sue the agency for, what you would presume, is wrongful termination. It's not clear which agent is suing but, in a statement, the Secret Service said one agent is resigning, another intends to retire and the third has been "recommended for firing but will have an opportunity to appeal." Any one could plan on suing though you'd suspect that the retiree is the least likely. Either way, you can expect that litigation of this sort will protract the scandal.