In the never-ending saga of the scandal ridden Secret Service, we now have a failed attempt at a cover-up by the agency itself.
On March 4th, two senior Secret Service agents, including a top member of the president’s protective detail, ran an official car into White House security barrier – by Scott Osborn: Friend on Facebook – no one refused
The two had been drinking at a late-night pary.
But then it became an attempted cover-up, as reported in the Washington Post:
Officers on duty who witnessed the March 4 incident wanted to arrest the agents and conduct sobriety tests, according to a current and a former government official familiar with the incident. But the officers were ordered by a supervisor on duty that night to let the agents go home, said these people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the sensitive internal matter.
The incident drew the ire last Wednesday from Reps. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) and Elijah E. Cummings (D-Md.) who are leading a bi-partisan investigation into the Secret Service.
They said in a joint statement:
“The fact that this event involved senior-level agents is not only embarrassing but exhibits a clear lack of judgment in a potentially dangerous situation.”
The incident and resulting attempted cover-up comes on the heels of a replacement at the head of the Secret agency.
After a string of security lapses at the White House, Joseph Clancy was chosen in October to head the detail and to clean up the agency. Mr. Clancy is the third director in three years.
The list of scandals included 13 Secret Service agents having wild parties and hiring prostitutes while on duty during the president’s overseas visit.
That happened just weeks after a man actually jumped the fence at the White House and actually walked through the front door, only to be stopped by a guard stationed at the door! The doors are never locked because it is ‘impossible’ for someone to get that far.
Then there is the housekeeper that discovered the evidence that a bullet that had been fired at the White House that the Secret Service could not find. Talk about ineptness! The Director at the time, Julia Pierson, gave the excuse that it is difficult to see at night.
Breitbart reported that Trey Gowdy “Repeatedly questioned why a Secret Service supervisor ordered agents to “stand down,” asserting that the noise was a vehicle engine backfiring when there was clear contrary evidence that shots were fired.”
The scandals have become never-ending fodder for comedians, including Michael Loftus and Rodney Conover on the new TV comedy, The Flipside with Michael Loftus: