Obama: Secret Service Case 'A Little Distracting'

President Barack Obama is calling the Secret Service prostitution scandal "a little distracting," but praises the agency for protecting him and his family.

Obama says in an interview on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" show that a "couple of knuckleheads shouldn't detract from what they do."

Obama says, "What these guys were thinking, I don't know. That's why they're not there anymore."

A dozen Secret Service personnel and another 12 military personnel preparing for Obama's visit to Cartagena, Colombia, are being investigated for cavorting with prostitutes. Six Secret Service agents have been let go over the incident.

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The White House says President Barack Obama's lawyers have concluded that no member of his White House staff engaged in improper conduct in Cartagena, Colombia.

Obama spokesman Jay Carney says the White House counsel's office undertook a review as due diligence, even though there were no specific allegations of misconduct against advance White House staff. The Secret Service and the Pentagon are conducting investigations into allegations that agents and military personnel consorted with prostitutes in advance of Obama's trip to the Summit of the Americas.

Last week, Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, urged a broader investigation to include White House advance staff and communications personnel.

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