The new director of the Secret Service went on the offensive Thursday on Capitol Hill, disputing characterizations in news reports that two senior agents crashed a government vehicle into a security barrier at the White House after a night of drinking earlier this month.
In our news wrap Tuesday, a House committee grilled the Secret Service director over an alleged drunken driving incident involving two senior agents at the White House. Joseph Clancy claimed they “nudged,” not crashed, into a road barrier. Also, Illinois Rep. Aaron Schock abruptly resigned from Congress amid allegations of lavish spending from his office account. Continue reading
In our news wrap Friday, Omar Gonzalez, the man who breached White House security and entered the executive mansion in September, pleaded guilty in court. Also, President Obama visited a VA hospital in Arizona where long delays and falsified wait lists triggered reforms and resignations in the Department of Veterans Affairs. Continue reading
In our news wrap Thursday, The Washington Post reported that two Secret Service agents may have disrupted a bomb investigation when their car hit a security barricade at the White House. The two senior agents had allegedly been drinking. Also, divers found the wreckage of an army helicopter that crashed in Gulf of Mexico off Florida, killing 11. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The Homeland Security Department is investigating two senior Secret Service agents accused of crashing a car into a White House security barrier, an agency spokesman says. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — Mysterious, middle-of-the-night drone flights by the U.S. Secret Service during the next several weeks over parts of Washington — usually off-limits as a strict no-fly zone — are part of secret government testing intended to find ways to interfere with rogue drones or knock them out of the sky, The Associated Press has learned. Continue reading
In our news wrap Wednesday, a UN report found that civilian deaths and injuries in Afghanistan rose by 22 percent last year. It also said more Afghans died in battles between the Taliban and government forces than from bombs, unlike previous years. Also, a Southern deep freeze caused ice-coated branches to take down power lines, leaving 250,000 people in the dark. Continue reading
WASHINGTON — The deputy director of the Secret Service, who managed day-to-day operations during scandals that badly tainted the agency, will resign his position but be allowed to accept another unspecified federal job within the Homeland Security Department, the government said Monday.