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King Refuses To Meet With Colombian Prostitute In Secret Service Scandal

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is refusing to meet with a Colombian prostitute at the center of the U.S. Secret Service scandal.

Rep. Peter King said that a meeting with the woman, identified by her lawyer as Dania Londono Suarez, is "simply not necessary."

The New York Republican's panel is conducting its own investigation of the incident in which several Secret Service agents consorted with prostitutes in advance of President Barack Obama's arrival for a regional summit in Cartagena, Colombia last month.

King said he would rather get information through Suarez' attorney.

King said Suarez acknowledged that "at no time did she have access to any sensitive information whatsoever and had no idea that she had been involved with a Secret Service agent."

Nine Secret Service agents have lost their jobs in the scandal.

Sen. Joe Lieberman has scheduled a hearing for May 23 to make sure that the Secret Service has taken sufficient steps to prevent something similar from ever happening again.

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