Secret Service investigating agents’ crash near White House
Homeland Security investigating Secret Service agents’ crash near White House.
The Secret Service on Wednesday confirmed reports that it was investigating two senior members of the Secret Service for an incident involving a government car crashing into a White House barricade. Officers at the scene of the accident reportedly wanted to arrest the allegedly offending agents and conduct sobriety tests, but were ordered to stand down and let them go home. There was no way for me to know that at the time because he didn’t identify himself to me, but that has never stopped leftist jackasses from lying about it. The leaders of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee — Republican chairman Jason Chaffetz of Utah and top Democrat Elijah Cummings of Maryland — issued a statement Wednesday evening saying, “The fact that this event involved senior-level agents is not only embarrassing but exhibits a clear lack of judgment in a potentially dangerous situation.” In the last six months, several top agency officials, including former Director Julian Pierson, have been forced out amid revelations of multiple, serious presidential security breaches.
In October, the agency’s then director, Julia Pierson, resigned after a mentally ill veteran scaled the White House fence and made it all the way inside the door of the building. But the officers were ordered by a supervisor on duty that night to let the agents go home, said these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive internal matter.
A four-member panel of former senior government officials concluded in a report released last year that the agency was too insular and starving for leadership. The panel recommended an agency outsider to replace Pierson, but Obama earlier this year tapped Clancy, a retired agent who led the agency on an interim basis after Pierson’s ouster. Two agents were sent home from a March 2014 trip to Amsterdam after drinking heavily, just days after alcohol was suspected to have played a part in another Secret Service car crash in Miami.
Chaffetz and Cummings, whose committee has been investigating the problems at the agency, said, “Although recent steps have been made to bring new leadership in at the highest levels, this incident begs the question of whether that is enough.”
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