WASHINGTON (AP) - They insist they're not party crashers. But a spokeswoman for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation confirms that Tareq (TAH'-rehk) and Michaele Salahi were escorted out of a foundation dinner in September -- weeks before they allegedly crashed a White House state dinner.
Muriel Cooper says the couple was sitting in a $20,000-per-table section at the Black Caucus event, where President Barack Obama was the keynote speaker. When other guests complained that someone was in their seats, the Salahis were asked to show their tickets.
When they couldn't produce them, Cooper says they were asked to leave. She says they didn't argue, "they just looked a little sheepish and were escorted out."
The Secret Service is investigating how the Salahis got into last week's state dinner for the Indian prime minister without being on the guest list. And a congressional hearing into the matter is planned for Thursday.