Late last night the Washington Post broke a story about a connection between White House aides and the 2012 Secret Service prostitution scandal. When the scandal broke two years ago, the White House denied involvement or knowing about the details of what happened. The Post story proves otherwise and provides evidence a White House volunteer officially checked a prostitute into his hotel room in Cartagena, Colombia. The report also details threats made against the Inspector General, who was asked to delay the release of embarrassing and damaging information about the connection between the White House and the scandal until after the 2012 presidential election.
Now, journalists who cover the White House are confused about why the administration would lie and cover-up such a minor issue. That's the point.
Politics Editor, National Journal:
First instinct is to trust what the WH is saying, but they've squandered a lot of that trust lately.— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) October 9, 2014
Huffington Post White House reporter:
Amazing to me WH would go so far to cover up a volunteer staffer hiring a hooker... b/c of fear of election fallout? http://t.co/Tbxri48syH— jennifer bendery (@jbendery) October 9, 2014
Look, if they'd cover up THIS nothingburger...that's the point, guys. That's the point.— John Podhoretz (@jpodhoretz) October 9, 2014