If one is to be held accountable for a serious problem or error, that generally means that one faces negative consequences. And that is exactly what has happened with the head of Obama’s Secret Service. In her case, the “R” word is “resignation.”
Hammered by criticism and complaint over the last few days — and blistered in an appearance before Congress only yesterday — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned. Pierson — the first-ever female head of the federal law enforcement agency charged with protecting the president — is apparently leaving her post immediately, unlike another top Obama administration figure, Eric Holder, who announced he’s leaving the Attorney General’s office at some future date yet to be determined.
CNBC reports on Pierson’s departure:
Joseph Clancy, who formerly served as special agent in charge of the Presidential Protective Division of the Secret Service, will be appointed as an interim acting director of the Secret Service.
Pierson has been under pressure since it came to light that a fence-jumper had made it further into the White House than previously reported. At a congressional hearing on Tuesday, she admitted that there had been mistakes in the execution of the agency’s “security plan.”
It wasn’t that long ago that another chief of the Secret Service had to bow out. The Daily Caller reported on the forced resignation of Marl Sullivan following a prostitution scandal among the ranks of Secret Service agents.
Sullivan has overseen the Secret Service since 2006 and was its director during the agency’s high-profile prostitution scandal last year.
12 Secret Service agents and several other military personnel were allegedly involved with prostitutes in Cartagena, Colombia in April 2012. Those agents were sent there to set up advance security ahead of a visit by President Obama.
Director Pierson’s resignation was almost inevitable, as she had lost the public confidence of top-ranking lawmakers from both sides of the aisle.
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Western Journalism reported earlier today (Wednesday) on the worsening situation for Pierson in light of a possible internal coverup of mistakes in her embattled agency.