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Hill panels expanding probes of Secret Service

WASHINGTON — Congressional committees are widening their investigations into an alleged U.S. Secret Service scandal involving prostitutes in Colombia ahead of a recent trip there by President Barack Obama.

The Senate Homeland Security Committee wants to determine whether what transpired "was an exception" or "a pattern of misconduct that has gone on elsewhere by Secret Service agents."

Committee Chairman Sen. Joe Lieberman, in an appearance on Fox News Sunday, said his panel is embarking on "a broader investigation" and will send the Secret Service detailed questions about the conduct of agents.

The House Homeland Security Committee has sent Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan a list of 50 specific questions. They include a request for "a comprehensive, minute-by-minute timeline."