Senate minority whip: Secret Service should be reformed from ‘the top down’ [VIDEO]

Nicholas Ballasy Senior Video Reporter
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Senate Minority Whip Jon Kyl told The Daily Caller that the controversy surrounding the Secret Service is “not a matter of firing particular individuals” but “reforming” the entire organization “from the top down.”

TheDC asked Kyl, the second-highest ranking Republican in the Senate, if he agreed with GOP presidential front-runner Mitt Romney, who said the government should “clean house” at the Secret Service in the light of the recent prostitution scandal.

“I’m not sure. I was just with Peter King a little bit earlier and he’s doing in the House of Representatives a lot of work in investigating it and he said there’s a differentiation between some, some were older guys, some were newer guys,” he told TheDC before the Capitol CAREaoke event benefiting the organization Childhelp Wednesday night.

“I’m not in the position to say who should be fired or not. The investigation will make it clear who should be fired, who should be disciplined but the big problem is, they’ve got to get a hold of that organization.”

The Arizona senator continued: “This is the organization that protects the president and the vice president. Leadership starts at the top. You’ve got to have a group of people who will follow the right kind of orders and discipline so that this kind of stuff doesn’t happen. It’s just not a matter of firing particularly individuals. It’s reforming the organization from the top down. (RELATED: Misconduct alleged against Secret Service agents)

Kyl also said Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan “ought to be worried that things haven’t worked out well under his leadership and what’s he going to do about it?”

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