April 24th, 2012
04:52 PM ET

Military to brief Congress this week about Cartagena scandal

By Mike Mount

The military will brief the Senate Armed Services Committee on Wednesday about the investigation into alleged misconduct in Colombia by U.S. military assigned to the president's security detail last week in Colombia.

The Director of the Joint Staff, Vice Adm. William Gortney; Brig. Gen. Richard Gross, legal counsel for the chairman of the Joint Staff; and representatives from the secretary of defense will brief senators, said Rick Osail, a Joint Chiefs of Staff spokesman.

The top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee complained he was "disturbed" that the Senate Armed Services Committee had yet to be given a briefing by the military, while the Secret Service had briefed Congress.

"It's kind of a process of disregard of the Senate Armed Services Committee that is disturbing," Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) told CNN's Ted Barrett.

But the chairman of the committee, Democratic Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, was more sanguine.

“We will be briefed and to me that’s the important thing," Levin said on Tuesday.

The military is still determining who will investigate the service member who admitted to some misconduct while working with the White House Communications Agency. The other 11 military members are being investigated by U.S. Southern Command. The individual has been relieved of his WHCA duty and has been reassigned to the Military District of Washington pending the outcome of the investigation, according to Capt. John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman.

Read also: Senators spar over possible White House link to Colombia scandal

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