The Department of Homeland Security is reportedly investigating an incident involving two Secret Service agents who drove into a security barrier at the White House under the influence of alcohol.
The crash, which occurred on March 4, is the latest blow to the Secret Service, which has been the subject of intense scrutiny and criticism for its ability to protect the first family as well as other instances of questionable behavior.
Washington Post reports a supervisor sent the two agents who crashed through the barrier home following the incident. Both agents were reassigned to “non-supervisory, non-operational assignments.” The agency is, according to a spokesperson, “aware of the allegations.”
“The Secret Service will fully cooperate with the Department of Homeland Security Office of the Inspector General in this investigation,” spokeswoman Nicole Mainor said, according to Politico. The two agents responsible for the crash were identified as Mark Connolly, who serves on the President’s detail, and George Ogilvie, a senior officer with the D.C. Secret Service office.
House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Jason Chaffetz and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings issued a joint statement expressing their concern that the accident “furthers concerns that the agency is not able to move beyond” the highly-publicized scandals, the Washington Post reports.
“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," the statement read. "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. The Committee as a whole remains committed to restoring the integrity of this elite agency and improving accountability at all staff levels.”
Sources: Politico, Washington Post / Photo Credit: politico.com, inquisitr.com