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White House / State Dinner / Security Breach #961834

NBC Evening News for Thursday, Dec 03, 2009
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(Studio: Brian Williams) Report introduced.

(White House: Savannah Guthrie) The Congressional hearing on the security breach that allowed Tareq and Michaele Salahi to crash the White House state dinner reviewed; details given about the refusal of social secretary Desiree Rogers to testify; scenes shown of Congressmembers criticizing the Salahis, who were not at the hearing; statement from their publicist quoted. [Secret Service director Mark SULLIVAN†- says this is our fault; states there was no threat to the president.] [Representative Charlie DENT†- says we don’t expect the Secret Service to take a bullet for the president’s staff.] [White House advisor Valerie JARRETT†- notes there are only rare instances when administration members appear before Congress.] [Representative Peter KING†- blames the social secretary’s office.]

Williams, Brian;
Guthrie, Savannah

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