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'Real Housewives' crashers probe may become criminal investigation


By Christopher Rocchio, 11/27/2009 

Potential The Real Housewives of D.C. cast members Michaele and Tareq Salahi may face criminal charges for allegedly crashing Tuesday night's state dinner at the White House.

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Secret Service spokesman Jim Mackin has stated that security procedures weren't followed when the Salahis attended the dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh without an invite but added how the couple was allowed inside could play a role as to whether or not criminal charges are filed.

"As this moves closer to a criminal investigation there's less that we can say," Mackin told The Associated Press in a Friday report.

"I don't want to jeopardize what could be a criminal investigation. We're not leaving any option off the table at this point."

The Secret Service learned of the security breach when it began to receive media inquiries about the Salahis attendance at the private event after photos appeared on Michaele's Facebook account.

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan subsequently stated that a Secret Service checkpoint "did not follow proper procedure to ensure these two individuals were on the invited guest list."

Salahi lawyer Paul Gardner has posted a comment to the Facebook account claiming Tareq and Michaele -- a former Washington Redskins cheerleader, according to photos posted on the website -- were allowed at the event.

"My clients were cleared by the White House, to be there," he posted.

On Thursday, NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams -- who also attended the event -- told NBC viewers he saw a Secret Service checkpoint initially turn the Salahis away when they were waiting in a line of cars to enter the East Gate of the White House, however they then exited their vehicle and joined a line of dinner guests at an entrance for pedestrians.

Bravo has since confirmed that Michaele and Tareq Salahi are being considered as The Real Housewives of D.C. cast members but added neither the network nor show's production company had any knowledge they were crashing the dinner uninvited.

(Photo credit Michaele Salahi / Facebook)

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