WASHINGTON, Jan. 12, 2010— -- The hair stylist and makeup artist for Michaele Salahi, one of the infamous White House gate crashers, appeared before a federal grand jury Tuesday. Celebrity stylist Erwin Gomez and Peggy Ioakim testified at the U.S. District Court in Washington as the inquiry into White House State Dinner Crasher-gate ramps up.
Subpoenas were issued to the two to testify as a federal prosecutors and the Secret Service try to determine if false statements were made after Tareq and Michaele Salahior and Carlos Allen, all allegedly talked their way into the Obama's first state dinner. Prior to testifying before the grand jury the two stylists met with U.S. Secret Service agents.
On the day of the State Dinner Michaele Salahi spent 6 hours at the Erwin Gomez Salon & Spa in Georgetown. Gomez and Ioakim were presumably asked about what Michaele Salahi said in preparation for the State dinner according to individuals at the U.S. Courthouse.
Prosecutors are believed to be laying the groundwork for calling other witnesses who may have known about the Salahis and Allen's attendance at the State Dinner. The lead prosecutor on the case is Karla-Dee Clark, according to a courthouse source. Clark has handled a variety of cases and is a former chief of the major crimes section for the U.S. Attorney's office.
The spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's office which is handling the investigation declined to comment on the case when contacted by ABC News.
Today as he entered the U.S. Courthouse Gomez said, "I'm here to protect the President."
Washington lawyer David Tobin represented Gomez and Ioakim during their appearance before the grand jury which lasted for about 90 minutes.
Following their testimony, Tobin said outside the courthouse that they were appearing in response to a federal subpoena to appear and said they would not be answering questions about what the prosecutors were seeking in their questioning. "They appeared before the grand jury and testified honestly and to the best of their ability."
Erwin Gomez answered a few questions afterwards and said overall, "It was a very good experience...thank you for all the support."
James Packard-Gomez, the CEO of the Salon said afterwards, "Erwin and I just really want to send out big hugs...to all of you that have been so supportive....This is a very stressful [time]...and we have to show respect for the justice system, the White House, and everyone involved."
The group then departed in a large white Hummer limousine from Reston limousines who the Salahis ironically owed over $7,000 according to Tareq Salahi's chapter 7 bankruptcy filing which was filed last year in Virginia.