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White House Crashers Michaele and Tareq Salahi Should Be "Brought to Justice," Says Senator

5803574Photo: Michaele and Tareq Salahi with President Obama at state dinner.

WASHINGTON (CBS/AP) Should Michaele and Tareq Salahi, the spotlight-seeking Virginia couple who crashed the White House state dinner last week, be "brought to justice?"

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Two US senators have now called for authorities to pursue criminal charges against the reality show-seeking pair.

5815932Photo: The Salahis with Vice President Joe Biden.

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"If it's a federal crime to lie to a federal agent, and these people didn't tell the truth about their invitation, then they should be in some way brought to justice here, again, as an example to others not to do it," said Republican Jon Kyl on "Fox News Sunday."

Democrat Evan Bayh agreed, saying, "You've got to send a strong deterrent that people just don't do this kind of thing."

5780962Photo: The Salahis at White House state dinner.

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According to authorities, the couple was allowed into the White House dinner Tuesday night even though they were not on the guest list. The Secret Service has apologized for the breakdown in security, and an investigation into possible criminal behavior is ongoing.

Casey Margenau, a friend of the Salahis, appeared Saturday on Fox News Channel's "Geraldo at Large" and said, "I understand that they spent Friday with the Secret Service and they have been cooperating."

The New York Times, citing an anonymous federal official, reported Sunday that the Secret Service interviews with the Salehis continued through Saturday.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan refused Sunday to provide information on the investigation, telling The Associated Press, "We are not going to comment any more this weekend."

"It's an incredible situation," said Bayh. "I mean, of course, people have been laughing about it, ... but it's not a laughing matter that people could get that close to the president and the vice president who aren't supposed to be there."

Michaele and Tareq Salahi are currently auditioning for the reality show "Real Housewives of D.C.," according to Bravo Media which produces the hit series.

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