another investigation is under way tonight. this one asking how that virginia couple crashed the president's
. we're also learning more about the couple and their active social connections. nbc's mike viqueira is at the
tonight with the latest on that. mike, good evening.
reporter: good evening,
. aides says the president has full confidence in the
even now as the agency decides what went wrong and decides whether to press charges against tareq and
salahi. since they're now infamous encounter with the president tuesday, tareq and
salahi have stayed out of sight, but officials tell nbc news that an investigation is moving ahead. yesterday agents nrp the virginia foothills visiting the salahi family winery with an employee described the encounter for a local newspaper.
they said it was imperative they speak with them.
reporter: after first being turned away at a vehicle entrance, they approached the pedestrian gate where a uniformed officer waved them through, despite the fact they had no invitation. the officer believing that they would be vetted at the next stop. but there again they were allowed to continue. and after passing through a
were announced inside the
mr. and mrs. salahi.
reporter: they stopped at an
reception, then where others presented a formal name card supplied by the
, the salahis managed to join the receiving line without one entering the
and eventually shaking hands with the president himself. after first asserting that the breach posed no threat, late yesterday the
issued a statement declaring themselves deeply concerned and embarrassed. critics say the agency is stretched too thin.
it's just unthinkable that something as basic as making sure someone is on the guest list was not done.
reporter: as for the salahis, a history of extravagance has emerged. an elaborate wedding for 1,800 in a historic
featuring an address by
supreme court justice
and claims on
's facebook page that she has modeled for companies like victoria's secret. and apparently crashing another gathering, this one of
washington redskins cheerleaders
, when they got out the car last tuesday night they were trailed by a
, but this time it appears they have gotten more attention than they could have bargained for. the
will decide perhaps as early as next week whether they're going to press charges against the salahis,
if there are charges, what kinds of charges might the salahis face?
reporter: potentially serious charges. lying to a federal officer, although experts caution it's not a
. much depends on the exchange, the words that were spoken between the salahis and
agents when they presented themselves at the gate last tuesday night.
mike viqueira in washington.
in russia tonight rescuers and