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Federal grand jury investigating Salahi matter

A federal grand jury has been convened to investigate whether false or fraudulent statements were made to the government in the matter of how Tareq and Michaele Salahi got into the Nov. 24 White House state dinner uninvited, the Washington Post has learned.

Two witnesses to the activities of the Northern Virginia socialites on that day have received subpoenas to testify Tuesday, according to documents obtained by The Post.

The witnesses are Erwin Gomez and Peggy Ioakim, two stylists with the Erwin Gomez Salon and Spa, where the Salahis -- surrounded by several producers and crew with Bravo's "Real Housewives of D.C." -- spent several hours before the dinner.

"They're going to show up and tell the truth and the facts of what they know occurred during the time a lot of production was going on at the salon," said James Packard-Gomez, the salon CEO. "I feel it's our duty to be there."

Stephen Best, the attorney representing the Salahis, said he did not know if his clients had been subpoenaed. "I have not seen any documentation to confirm there is, indeed, a grand jury investigation underway," he said. He added that he had considered the matter to be a criminal investigation since the Secret Service first attempted to interview the couple in late November.

The congressional committee that's also investigating the matter voted last month to subpoena the Salahis. The couple issued a statement saying they would plead the Fifth.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's office, which issued the subpoenas, declined to comment.

By The Reliable Source  |  January 8, 2010; 7:00 PM ET
Categories:  44: Obama's Washington , Politics , White House crashers  
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No wonder the country is broke. What a waste of money.

Posted by: grunk | January 8, 2010 7:57 PM | Report abuse

Is the salon owner going to pay for his employee's lawyer?

Posted by: Ebola_22039 | January 8, 2010 8:01 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a US Attorney wants his 15 minutes of fame, too.

This publicity stunt by a Federal prosecutor is far more odious than anything the Salahis did.

Posted by: web_user | January 8, 2010 8:05 PM | Report abuse

No time for intimidation of voters by the black panthers?

Good grief ...and we all thought the disater of Obama had no more loser leaps left in the frog that we hoped was a prince.

Posted by: dottydo | January 8, 2010 8:25 PM | Report abuse

Throw the effing book at them!

Posted by: adrienne_najjar | January 8, 2010 8:55 PM | Report abuse

Now we're cookin' with gas.

But... What about their gig in Vegas?

Posted by: dadada | January 8, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Please forward the link to this article to all your family, friends, and pretty please ask everyone on facebook to read this article. Thank YOU!

Someone must see to it that the whitehouse gate crashers are no longer running the show.

'Tis unfortunate that the powers to be in Vegas did not invite all the good people who have not been paid by the Salahis to their casino and pay the folks some cash, IMHO. Vegas = Sin City

Posted by: Loviedarling | January 8, 2010 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Do these attention-seeking bleach blonde and fat Indian not realize they're the laughing stock of the entire world for the con artists they are?

Or are they so bent that they interpret this exposure of their swindling and fraud as "fame"?

Posted by: checkered1 | January 8, 2010 9:29 PM | Report abuse

Seriously? A grand jury?

No. Seriously?

Posted by: AWWNats | January 8, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

The Salahi's need to be taught a lesson. I hope the Grand Jury comes back recommending that these scumbag publicity mongers are to face trial for potentially threatening the life of the President. We need to send a strong message that behaviors like that are not to be tolerated.

Posted by: kerryberger | January 8, 2010 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Unbelieveable! They ignore congress, the Secret Service, court orders, and are still free? They are being sued by just about everybody they ever had contact with.
To paraphase a lawyer to Joe McCarthy: Sir, madame have you no shame?

Posted by: Jimof1913 | January 8, 2010 9:48 PM | Report abuse

Desiree Rogers should be made to appear AND she should be fired following her testimony. As for the Salahis, they should be shown a nice clean jail cell for each of them. End of subject.

Posted by: PittAlum | January 8, 2010 9:51 PM | Report abuse

Have subpoenas also been issued (or planned to be issued) to any of the Bravo crew that were with the Salahi's that day, including any or all of the producers and crew who spent time at the salon, AND any or all of the other Bravo personnel who knew ANYTHING about the "Real Housewives of D.C." filming (up to and including the head of Bravo)?

Posted by: critter69 | January 8, 2010 10:29 PM | Report abuse

Have subpoenas also been issued (or planned to be issued) to any of the Bravo crew that were with the Salahi's that day, including any or all of the producers and crew who spent time at the salon, AND any or all of the other Bravo personnel who knew ANYTHING about the "Real Housewives of D.C." filming (up to and including the head of Bravo)?

Posted by: critter69 | January 8, 2010 10:30 PM | Report abuse

hey conservatives, independents, and intelligent democrats:

We can stop obama/democrat healthcare if we elect Scott Brown to Dead Ted Kennedy's Senate seat. No filabuster proof senate for the democrats. Send some money to asap:

Thanks from a patriot trying to save our country from the obama communist democrats.

Posted by: charlietuna666 | January 8, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

What a screaming waste of taxpayer time and money this is. To think that anyone would consider this a good idea is a slap in the face of rational thought.

I dunno which GOP politicians are responsible for this, but we would all be better off if they were dead.

Posted by: Nymous | January 8, 2010 10:33 PM | Report abuse

About time. Guess they wanted to make sure to get their ducks in a row before proceeding. No doubt these vermin will hire good council to save them from spending a few years in federal prison. Hard to see how they avoid it at this point.

And it is not a waste of money. Why would enforcing laws be a waste of money? Spending 8 years investigating a real estate loan that was shown in the first year of the investigation to have involved no malfeasance, then putting the nation through the trauma of impeachment for pure and simple naked political power grabs - THAT was a waste of money.

Posted by: John1263 | January 8, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Why would any respectable human being want a slimy disgusting republicon to take the seat of Ted kennedy, one of the finest public servants the nation has ever had? What a giant spit in the face to nearly five decades of tireless service and sacrifice that Kennedy made for all of us. What a spit in the face to the legacy of his two older brothers slain as they worked to make our nation live up to the ideals in our creeds and founding principles. The Kennedy borthers could have chosen never to work a day in their lives. They could have been like Paris or some other mindless inheritor of great wealth. But they chose to use that position of priviledge as a platform to work day and night for their entire lives to make the United States a great nation, and to workd for all thos people who are powerless and have no big money deep pocket sugar daddies lobbying for them. All of you, from the most delusional tinfoin hat wearing tea bagger to the most delusional marixst live a better life today because of Ted Kennedy.

Posted by: John1263 | January 8, 2010 11:02 PM | Report abuse

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