The Denver Three, you'll remember, are the three people who were booted out of a President Bush "town hall" event on social security back in March. There hasn't been much news about them now for more than a month, but like that weird smell in your grandmother's house, they just won't go away.
Democratic congressional members Mark Udall and Diana DeGette, along with Senator Ken Salazar, have sent a letter to the director of the Secret Service to ask what the latest is on that investigation. Here's the letter:
June 9, 2005
Mr. M. Ralph Basham
Director, United States Secret Service
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
Washington, D.C. 20528
Dear Mr. Basham:
It has been nearly three months since three individuals were removed from President Bush's Social Security town hall in Denver. Each of us has called on the Secret Service to conduct an investigation to determine if the individual who removed these three persons unlawfully posed as an agent or a law enforcement official. Even though the Secret Service has conducted an investigation, the American people still do not have answers.
It has been reported in the Denver media that the Secret Service knows the identity of the person responsible for removing these three people from the event. The lack of information from the Secret Service and the White House and their unresponsiveness toward this matter gives the appearance of either disinterest or a cover up. The American people have an interest and deserve to know what transpired at the President's March 21, 2005, event in Denver and if someone impersonated a law enforcement official.
We do not question the authority of the Executive Branch to hold public meetings focused on the President's initiatives. However, we believe that events characterized as town meetings or forums ought to be open to all citizens regardless of their party affiliation or political views. So long as people are respectful and not disruptive, they ought to be given an opportunity to attend meetings that are ultimately paid for with federal funds.
We request a meeting with the Secret Service in the next week to get an update on the ongoing investigation. This investigation has gone on for quite some time and surely the Secret Service has information it can share with us at this time. Thank you in advance for your consideration of this request.
Member of Congress
Member of Congress
United States Senator