Who knew that if you're in the Secret Service, getting drunk might save your job?
Evidently, some agents think that's the best defense they can come up with, according to Talking Points Memo:
Some of the agents caught up in the Colombian prostitution scandal “have said there was no sexual activity because the men were so drunk that they fell asleep immediately after bringing the women to their rooms,” according to the Washington Post.
The paper also reports that members of Bill Clinton’s protective detail went to a strip club during his 2009 visit to Buenos Aires.
“Of course it has happened before” one agent not implicated in the Colombian prostitution scandal told the Post. “This is not the first time. It really only blew up in this case because the [U.S. Embassy] was alerted.”
To the credit of the agents making this argument, their defense is comparatively superior to the other one being advanced - that the rules didn't say you couldn't sleep with a woman while on duty. Or, to quote one of the agents, "They couldn’t tell us whether there was anything explicit in their rules and regulations that said anything about whether one of their personnel could spend the night with a woman in a foreign country. They said they would have to get back to us on that, and they haven’t.”