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Even if they hadn't shown up uninvited to the Obama administration's first state dinner, we're starting to think the Salahis would have appeared on our radar eventually.
Toreq and Michaele Salahi, a couple of publicity-seekers who thought rubbing elbows with the commander in chief would make an appealing plotline for The Real Housewives of D.C., ended up setting off a media firestorm about the state of security at the White House. (And Redskins games, more more on that later.
After the Salahis opted not to appear today before a House Committee on Homeland Security, committee chair Bennie Thompson says they're getting the subpoena process rolling.
If they don't show up at a future hearing, Thompson told the Washington Post, they could be subject to "contempt of Congress."
One would hope, he added, that they would be "as willing to talk to Congress as they have been to talk to the media."
True, the Salahis don't appear very camera shy—especially that Michaele!
Long before she donned her sparkly red sari and set off for the White House, the blonde bombshell managed to join 150 former Washington Redskins cheerleaders for a reunion performance Sept. 20 at FedEx Field.
Turns out Michaele, who, in case you're now wondering, never wielded pompoms for the Redskins, asked that her name be added to the 1991 roster and she became a dues-paying member of the alumni squad, also joining them for performances in 2005 and 2007.
This year, however, she brought a camera crew (for their Real Housewives aspirations), and that—plus, not to mention, her lack of traditional rah-rah skills—raised some eyebrows.
When the crew asked if she would place Salahi in the front row for better visibility, former squad choreographer Sheryl Olechek said no way. "I already had the formation, and besides, she was too tall and couldn't dance," she told the Post.
And the burns don't stop there.
The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services have launched an investigation into America's Polo Cup, the Salahis' annual charity polo gala through which they raise funds for their charitable organization, Journey for the Cure.
"The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) launched an investigation into the fund-raising practices of America's Polo Cup as they relate to the Virginia Solicitation of Contributions Law. Because this is an active investigation, VDACS cannot comment further on any of aspects of the investigation," the department said in a statement.
According to the Post, the Salahis reported a take of $18,608, of which they donated $15,000, from their spring 2007 gala—both amounts too low to require detailed federal tax reporting, though Tareq told the paper they raised $250,000 at the event.
Records show that the Salahis didn't register their foundation with state regulators until two weeks ago, but have been holding galas since 2007.
"We are not commenting on this matter," said a PR rep from their newly retained legal firm, Dewey & LeBoeuf.
Hey, who doesn't want to be on TV these days? Even the hearty souls in our Dangerous Reality-TV gallery are having a blast!