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A third uninvited guest made his way into the White House state dinner for India's prime minister.

As the investigation continued into how attention-hungry couple Tareq and Michaele Salahi got into the dinner without being on the guest list, officials discovered that a third person made it through security without an invitation.

Promoter

The Secret Service said the man, whom they would not identify, did not get close to the president or the first lady.

The Washington Post, citing an anonymous congressional source, identified the third uninvited guest as Carlos Allen, a party promoter based in Washington.

The Secret Service is investigating the Salahis, and the Justice Department is looking into whether they broke any laws.

The Secret Service said the other man they just learned of is now under investigation too.

The man travelled to the White House from the hotel where the Indian delegation was staying.

The Secret Service said the man arrived with members of that delegation, but he was not in its database of people prescreened and approved to attend the event in November.

Part of the security screening is a criminal background check, which the Salahis and the man travelling with the Indian delegation did not go through.

Refuse

But the Secret Service said the uninvited guests went through other screening, such as metal detectors, before the event.

Subpoenas have been issued for the Salahis to testify before Congress.

The Salahis said they will invoke their Fifth Amendment constitutional right to refuse to testify against themselves.

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