Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Resigns Amid Numerous Major Security Blunders Including an Armed Security Contractor being Allowed to Get into an Elevator with President Obama
Julia Pierson, the first female director of the Secret Service, resigned Wednesday in the aftermath of a flurry of major security blunders that included last weeks fence-jumper who gained access inside the White House and an armed security contractor who was allowed to get into an elevator with President Barack Obama. Hey Barack, how about nominating some one who can do the best job of protecting your family, rather than a first.
Embattled U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson, the first woman to lead the agency in charge of protecting the president, resigned amid criticism over a series of security lapses.
Pierson stepped down just 18 months after President Barack Obama selected her to take over a law enforcement agency that already had been tarnished by misconduct by agents.
UPDATE I: Secret Service Director Julia Pierson steps down … Congress did not learn about the latest incident of the once arrested security contractor with a gun until a hearing where they questioned, now former Secret Service Director Julia Pierson.
UPDATE II: Julia Pierson became the first female director of the U.S. Secret Service in March 2013, tapped to change the culture of an agency that was then marred by a Colombian prostitution scandal.
Talk about a total failure to reach your stated goal. But then again, this is the Obama administration.
“I think it’s in the best interest of the Secret Service and the American public if I step down,” Pierson told Bloomberg News after resigning Wednesday. “Congress has lost confidence in my ability to run the agency. The media has made it clear that this is what they expected.”
“I can be pretty stoic about it, but not really,” she reportedly said. “It’s painful to leave as the agency is reeling from a significant security breach.”
Congress grills Secret Service Director Julia Pierson over lapses in security
Secret Service managers told agents in Atlanta not to file a written report after discovering that a man with a criminal record who had a gun rode in an elevator with President Obama during his visit to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Sept. 16, according to two sources familiar with the case.
The president’s Secret Service protective detail and other agents routinely file written reports if anything suspicious happens during a presidential trip or in the course of protecting any member of the first family at the White House on any given day.
The reports for such incidents follow one of two protocols. Agents can initiative a five-day report, for more serious incidents that need immediate investigation and clarification, or a 14-day report for more minor incidents. Neither type of report was pursued in the Sept. 16 elevator case, according to the two sources.