NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — The chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee is refusing to meet with a Colombian prostitute at the center of the U.S. Secret Service scandal.

Rep. Peter King said that a meeting with the woman, identified by her lawyer as Dania Londono Suarez, is “simply not necessary.”

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The New York Republican’s panel is conducting its own investigation of the incident in which several Secret Service agents consorted with prostitutes in advance of President Barack Obama’s arrival for a regional summit in Cartagena, Colombia last month.

King said he would rather get information through Suarez’ attorney.

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King said Suarez acknowledged that “at no time did she have access to any sensitive information whatsoever and had no idea that she had been involved with a Secret Service agent.”

Nine Secret Service agents have lost their jobs in the scandal.

Sen. Joe Lieberman has scheduled a hearing for May 23 to make sure that the Secret Service has taken sufficient steps to prevent something similar from ever happening again.

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