A man masquerading as a member of Congress walked into a secure backstage area without being properly screened and spoke with President Obama at an awards dinner last fall. Five days later, a woman walked backstage unchecked at a gala dinner where Obama was a featured guest. Months after that, two people strolled unnoticed past a Secret Service checkpoint into the first layer of the White House grounds.
An assistant director of the Secret Service urged that unflattering information the agency had in its files about a congressman critical of the service should be made public, according to a government watchdog report released Wednesday.
The Secret Service took more than a year to replace a broken alarm system at former president George H.W. Bush’s home, raising concerns within the agency about the safety of the Houston residence and the Bush family, according to a government report scheduled to be released Thursday.
The Secret Service has put a senior supervisor on leave and suspended his security clearance after a female employee accused him of assaulting her after-hours at agency headquarters last week, the agency said Wednesday.
The Republican chairman of a House oversight committee issued subpoenas late Tuesday demanding testimony from two Secret Service employees about a White House incident last month in which two agents are being investigated for allegedly disrupting an active bomb investigation.
President Trump’s decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord is the latest example of his raw political instincts pulling him away from the center, in spite of a chorus of moderates in the business community and in the administration urging him to stick with the agreement.