Need more evidence that the United States Secret Service has the hardest political job in Washington? Case in point: an officer makes a mistake at a magnetometer checkpoint, and a two individuals are allowed into the White House without proper authorization. A problem, manageable and fixable. Certainly cause for an internal investigation and perhaps some extra oversight by Congress, privately. But Washington instantly politicizes the question. The Service's entire protective mission is called into question. Specters are raised about the rise in the threat level to President Obama. A little more than a week later, the White House Social Secretary, Desiree Rogers is in the cross hairs of the press. Then, a constitutional battle breaks out, with Rogers refusing to testify before a congressional investigation into the incident (!), and with Rep. Peter King
suddenly deciding that, Salahis aside, it's imperative that Desiree Rogers testify under oath.
"Obviously the Salahis' testimony would be significant, and the Committee should do whatever is necessary to obtain it. It is far more important, though, to obtain the testimony of White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers. The White House should not be allowed to stonewall by refusing the Committee's request that Ms. Rogers testify. What is the White House trying to hide?"
(It was at King's insistence that committee chair Bennie Thompson invite Rogers to testify in addition to the Salahis, so "suddenly" isn't quite accurate.)