New allegations against the Obama administration have been raised regarding the 2012 Cartagena prostitution scandal, in which the White House may have covered up one of their advance aides spending the night with a prostitute on the now-infamous trip to Colombia.
CBS White House correspondent Major Garrett questioned whether the independent investigation into the scandal was "watered down" to protect the White House, and if the volunteer who was accused of hiring a prostitute, Jonathan Dach, was "shielded from scrutiny" because of his family ties to President Obama and the Democratic Party.
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Washington Post published a damning report Wednesday that said the Obama White House put pressure on the inspector general to minimize the allegations and the mounting evidence.
David Nieland, a lead investigator on the scandal, was instructed "to withhold and alter certain information in the report of investigation because it was potentially embarrassing to the administration," the Post reported.
But Nieland refused to cover up the evidence, and for it he was relieved of his duties.
"A man of high integrity, in my opinion, was placed on administrative leave for refusing to redact or omit portions of his original report to the satisfaction of the inspector general," said Nieland’s associate, Gregory Stokes.
The Post report also identified Jonathan Dach as the White House volunteer was traveled to Columbia with the Secret Service. The White House said then-25-year-old Dach was not identified during the investigation because he was a volunteer, as opposed to a salaried staffer.
Dach later received a promotion and now serves as a policy adviser at the State Department. Dach’s father, Leslie Dach, is a prominent Democratic donor, former lobbyist for Wal-Mart, and was also hired by the administration this year to work on Obamacare at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
The White House continues to deny all allegations of a cover up.