Homeland Security Panel Subpoenas Salahis

Posted December 9, 2009 at 3:16pm

The House Homeland Security Committee voted Wednesday to compel the Virginia couple that crashed the White House’s state dinner last month to testify before the panel.Committee members approved the resolutions to subpoena Tareq Salahi by a 26-3 vote and Michaele Salahi by a 27-2 vote.Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) originally requested that the Salahis appear in front of the committee during a hearing last week “on the breakdown in security arrangements— surrounding the Nov. 24 state dinner.When the now-infamous pair didn’t show, Thompson vowed to send them an invitation that they couldn’t refuse. Should the Salahis choose to ignore the subpoenas, they could be held in contempt of Congress. Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), ranking member of the panel, attempted to amend the Salahi resolution to include a subpoena for White House Social Secretary Desiree Rogers, but the committee rejected his amendment. The White House declined to send Rogers to last week’s hearing, citing executive privilege.