Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York is calling for the Secret Service Director Julia Pierson to resign in light of multiple recent security breaches involving President Barack Obama. The senator’s office sent out a statement announcing his intention to call for Pierson’s resignation on Wednesday.
“U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer will call for the Director of the United States Secret Service, Julia Pierson, to resign from her position, given the repeated and disturbing security breaches at the White House as well as on the President’s travels,” the statement said.
Schumer is scheduled to discuss the issue at his office at 4 p.m. The statement said the recent issues at the Secret Service have made it clear “personnel change is needed.”
There have been several recent incidents involving the Secret Service. On Sept. 19, an armed intruder jumped over a fence and entered the White House. The Washington Post subsequently reported he made it much further inside the building than was previously known. Those revelations followed a Washington Post report published Sunday detailing how the Secret Service “bungled” its response to a 2011 incident where a gunman shot at the White House.
Due to these issues, Congress began an investigation of issues at the Secret Service. As part of this probe, Pierson testified before acongressional committe on Tuesday. Following her testimony, the Washington Examiner reported on an incident that occurred Sept. 16 where an armed man allegedly was allowed onto an elevator with the president.
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