Desiree Rogers asked to testify about Obama party crashers before Congressional panel by Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times reports that high flying Obama social secretary and confidante will testify before congress.
The hearing is titled "The United States Secret Service and Presidential Protection: Examination of a System Failure." Committee chairman Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) sent Rogers a letter on Monday inviting her to testify, acting on a request by Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), the ranking Republican on the committee.
King told me Monday that he wanted to know why Rogers -- the former Chicago business executive who is close to President Obama and First Lady Michelle -- did not assign staffers to trouble shoot the guest lines. I asked him what he wanted to ask Rogers. He said: "Why they decided not to have someone there; did they check with the Secret Service?"
The security breach comes as string of holiday parties at the White House kick off this week -- a Thursday party includes President Obama's friends from Illinois -- bringing thousands of guests through the White House.
"This is not adversarial type hearing," King told me. "I think she is a very appropriate witness."
The White House declined to comment on whether Rogers would appear at the hearing; the invitation to testify does not force her to show up.