Did White House Aides Try to Cover Up the Secret Service Prostitution Scandal?

The Obama administration pushes back against a story that implicates it in a pre-election prostitution scandal cover-up.

A Secret Service agent ducks rotor wash as Marine One lands to pick up US President Barack Obama on the South Lawn of the White House May 29, 2013 in Washington, DC. Obama is traveling to Chicago for the night where he will attend Democratic fundraisers.

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At 10 p.m. Wednesday night, The Washington Post went live with the latest in Carol Leonnig's seemingly endless, iterative series on the foibles of the Secret Service. But there was a twist: the new story, a close and richly sourced look at the 2012 Cartagena prostitution scandal, revealed that "senior White House aides were given information at the time suggesting that a prostitute was an overnight guest in the hotel room of a presidential advance-team member."

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