Problems for the Secret Service may have just reached a perilous tipping point with news that senior management may have participated in a coverup of a stunning security breach.
What the Washington Examiner is now reporting could well increase the volume of calls for changes at the top of the federal law enforcement agency charged with protecting the president.
Secret Service managers told agents in Atlanta not to file a written report after discovering that a convict with a gun rode in an elevator with President Obama during his visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sept. 16, according to two sources familiar with the case.
The president’s Secret Service protective detail and other agents routinely file written reports if anything even mildly suspicious happens during a presidential trip or in the course of protecting any member of the first family at the White House on any given day.
On top of the revelations that not only was security protocol seriously violated, but routine reporting measures were purposely skipped, comes a CNN report that calls into question the integrity of the head of the Secret Service…for not being forthcoming with an official congressional inquiry.
Testimony given by the director of the embattled U.S. Secret Service on Tuesday appears to conflict with the news that broke hours after Julia Pierson’s testimony — that a private security contractor with a gun shared an elevator with President Obama, in violation of protocol, during his trip to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta two weeks ago.
In her testimony before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, Pierson said she is responsible for briefing the President whenever there is a serious breach of his or his family’s security. When asked how many times she had to take such action in 2014, she said it was only after the September 19 incident in which a man armed with a knife jumped the White House fence and made it into the mansion’s East Room.
The CNN report adds that an attempt to seek clarification of the director’s congressional testimony was unsuccessful.
Asked about the apparent inconsistency in Pierson’s testimony, a spokesman for the Secret Service, Ed Donovan, told CNN “we aren’t going to discuss private conversations the director may have with the President.”
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