Gate-crashing agents make 4 Secret Service scandals in 3 years

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Gate-crashing agents make 4 Secret Service scandals in 3 years.

Washington (CNN)Learning that top-ranking Secret Service officials — including the second-in-charge of President Obama’s own personal detail — went out drinking, then plowed their government car into a barrier at the White House, would ordinarily ignite shock among administration officials and lawmakers. “Add this on to the list of embarrassments,” said Rep.Two senior Secret Service agents suspected of being drunk plowed through a crime scene and may have driven over a suspicious package during an active investigation, according to The Washington Post.

The inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security is investigating the March 4 episode, which involved Mark Connolly, the second-in-command on President Obama’s personal protective detail, and George Ogilvie, a top supervisor in the Washington field office. Police had just cordoned off a package described as a bomb when the agents returned from a work party, drove through police tape, and either hit or came close to hitting the package with their car, investigators told the Post. President Obama, briefed on the episode, was “disappointed” to learn that two of the agency’s top officials had steered an agency vehicle into a security gate after drinking at a retirement party in Georgetown. The agent stuck his hand inside and switched the gear into park — but she shifted it back and drove forward, hitting him again, then speeding off as soon as he darted out of her way. The dismayed — if unsurprised — reaction is a now-familiar response after repeated black-eyes for the Secret Service, which once enjoyed a reputation as the most elite and selective law enforcement team in the country.

His other incidents have included smearing poop on door handles as well as leaving excrement in the passenger seats of vehicles that were left unlocked. While its agents are still some of the best-trained and highest-skilled, and maintain the trust of the president and his family, the Secret Service’s image has been battered by three years of misconduct.

It was all caught on surveillance video, and probers say the two drove extremely close to — or possibly directly over — the package being investigated. In 2012, a dozen agents on assignment in Cartagena, Colombia were accused of bringing prostitutes back to their hotel rooms in the midst of a world leaders’ summit that included President Obama.

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Officials have said the episode appeared to have begun at a nearby bar where Secret Service employees were celebrating the retirement of Ed Donovan, whose job for many years involved answering questions from the media after other embarrassing incidents. The rancor over how the investigations were handled has prompted whistleblowers to bring information about embarrassing lapses to Congressional overseers, current and former employees have told CNN. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Latino Advisory Committee teamed with school officials to create the curriculum, which will have kindergartners learning the Mayan counting system and fifth graders learning about “African influences on South American percussion.” According to National Review, the curriculum initiative may have political benefits for Mayor Emanuel as he seeks to appeal to Chicago’s Hispanic population ahead of his runoff election against Jesus “Chuy” Garcia next month. Among the revelations: a drunk agent passing out in a hotel hallway after a night out in Amsterdam ahead of Obama’s trip to the Netherlands and agents crashing a car in the Florida Keys during an Obama family vacation.

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