WASHINGTON –More than a year after photogenic Tareq and Michaele Salahi crashed the White House and caused an uproar, it appears unlikely the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington will file charges in the case, ticklethewire.com has learned.
That conclusion, according to a source, comes after an exhaustive investigation, and after some law enforcement officials had pushed for criminal charges.
The couple crashed the White House party on Nov. 24, 2009, and created an embarrassment for the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security.
Federal authorities had reportedly been looking at possibly charging the couple with criminally trespassing or lying to a federal agent. But some observers inside the Beltway felt all along that it would have been a tough case to prosecute, particularly considering that the couple insisted they were invited, did nothing to disguise themselves when they entered the White House, and even posed with the vice president.
Plus, in the end, fair to say, very few people in the public wanted to see the Salahis back in the limelight.
Bill Miller, a spokesman for U.S. Attorney’s Office, declined comment.