The Secret Service is looking into filing charges against the couple that crashed President Obama's state dinner. A spokesman says the agency is moving towards a criminal investigation.
"As this moves closer to a criminal investigation there's less that we can say," Jim Mackin said. "I don't want to jeopardize what could be a criminal investigation. We're not leaving any option off the table at this point."
About 320 invited guests attended the state dinner at the White House Tuesday night in honor of India's Prime Minister. Two uninvited guests were also there -- Tareq and Michaele Salahi.
Michaele boasted on her Facebook page how they slipped into the party, posting pictures of the Salahis with the likes of Vice President Biden, Obama chief-of-staff Rahm Emanuel, and CBS anchor Katie Couric.
But this was more than just a harmless party crashing -- it reveals a startling breach in security. While no one at the party was in danger because the Salahis had to go through metal detectors like everyone else, and the president and vice president were surrounded by Secret Service agents, "It appears that proper procedures were not followed," Secret Service agency spokesman Edwin Donovan said.
Depending on the outcome of the investigation, the couple could face trespassing charges, as well as lying to the Secret Service, which is a felony. But their attorney,?Paul Gardner,?doubts any charges will be brought, posting on their Facebook page:
"My clients were cleared by the White House, to be there."
It appears this is nothing more than an elaborate publicity stunt. Michaele revealed on her Facebook page that she is under consideration for a role in Bravo's latest Housewives reality show installment, Real Housewives of D.C.
In fact, the show's producers taped the couple "preparing for the event," according to Johanna Fuentes, a vice president for Bravo Media. She said the Salahis "informed Half Yard (the production company) that they were invited, the producers had no reason to believe otherwise."
Michaele has had her eyes set on the White House for a while now. In September, she told the CBS Early Show that a trip to the White House was a top priority. "President Obama has made it very accessible for anyone to visit the White House, so that's like a big thing right now," she said.
She and her husband found how easily accessible the White House is. And now they may pay a very serious price for it.