White House officials recently issued a statement that Secret Service agents are under investigation yet again by Homeland Security for misconduct.According to the report, two senior agents and a high-ranking member of President Obama’s security team drove a government vehicle into a barricade outside of the White House on Wednesday. The incident occurred after the agents attended a retirement party for White House Spokesman Ed Donovan. It is believed that alcohol consumption was involved.The agents were released once an on-duty supervisor overrode local police, who had insisted on subjecting the men to sobriety tests and then arresting them. Officers working for the Secret Service, which ensures the security of the White House, the President and his family, believed that the agents had been drunk. The drunk Secret Service agents have since been reassigned to duties involving less responsibility.President Obama and others working in the White House are aware of the events, according to a senior administration official.Joe Clancy, Secret Service Director, asked that the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General look into the matter. He stated that there are to be no additional comments on this situation while the drunk Secret Service agents are being investigated.Another senior administrator says that President Obama knows about the accusations and about Joe Clancy’s choice to hand the issue over the Inspector General for a complete investigation. A top conservative lawmaker received a notice of the incident involving the inebriated agents just before The Washington Post reported on it.According to Jason Chaffetz, the House Oversight Committee Chairman, his understanding of the events is that the Secret Service agents in question were partying it up in Georgetown prior to being called to investigate a situation at the White House. He states, “It’s not a smart idea to drink on duty at McDonald’s. It’s definitely not a smart decision to drink on duty when you’re working for the Secret Service.” Mr. Chaffetz received a quick heads up from the agency, but only because the news was inevitably going to talk about the incident involving the drunk Secret Service agents. He says, “I’m aware there was a situation and that it wasn’t good. We need to learn of the details of the incident. The committee will keep pursuing an investigation and file this into the long list of government embarrassments.” According to Chaffetz, he was contacted by a few whistle-blowers regarding the drunken agents within the last two days, but he hasn’t been able to authenticate their stories.Chaffetz states that there’s a serious problem going on and that swift disciplinary action should be taken if it’s justified. He and a top Democrat on the committee, Representative Elijah Cummings, both gave a statement Wednesday night suggesting that additional reform may be needed to maintain the Secret Service’s integrity.“While there have been recent attempts to introduce new leadership into the high levels of government, this kind of event casts doubt on whether it has been sufficient,” said the statement. “Because this incident was perpetrated by high-ranking Secret Service agents, it’s more than an embarrassment. It also displays extremely poor judgment when responding to potentially hazardous events.”http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/secret-service-agents-investigated-for-late-night-car-accident-at-white-house/2015/03/11/9c853906-c7ff-11e4-a199-6cb5e63819d2_story.html http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2015/03/11/obama-secret-service-drunk-allegations-incident/70174346/ http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/11/politics/drunk-secret-service-agents-white-house/index.html
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