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Secret Service Director: Our Actions Have Been 'Disgraceful'

On Wednesday, Acting Director of the Secret Service, Joseph Clancy, testified before the Committee on the Judiciary for the House of Representatives.

Clancy, who replaced former director Julia Pierson after resigning, visits Congress to explain the recent failures of the agency.

“Events in recent years suggest that while we strive for perfection, we have, on limited occasions, fallen short of that goal," Clancy said. 

Public spotlight has been focused on the agency due to the nature of one of their key jobs: protecting the President and his family. Many people are concerned that the agency is not performing its job.

Recent incidents include a White House shooting on November 11, 2011 and a fence jumper who gained access into the White House on September 19, 2014.

“Without question, the agency has been severely damaged in recent years by failures ranging from disgraceful misconduct on the part of some employees to operational breakdowns that undermine the trust and confidence that previous generations worked so hard to establish,” Clancy testified.

After a review by the Department of Homeland Security, it was found that “organizational confusion, gaps in training, a series of communication failures and more allowed Omar Gonzalez to jump a fence and enter the White House.”

Clancy's response to the review, “I find these findings devastating.”

When asked about how to fix the fence jumping issue, Clancy responded that the first step is working with the National Park Service to “do something with the fence,” including making it taller.

The agency currently provides physical protection for 27 people, including all former Presidents, and patrols more than 500 foreign embassies and missions in the Washington D.C. Area.

Clancy finished the session by saying, “I will do all that I can to address any failures within the agency and work with the Administration and Congress to ensure that my employees have the necessary skills, training, and assets to be successful in carrying out their mission." 

Source: CNN / Photo Credit: Associated Press


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