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    Recent Security Breaches at the White House

    Ron Kessler talked about Secret Service Director Julia Pierson’s testimony at a congressional hearing on recent security breaches at the White House.

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    Secret Service Oversight

    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson was among three witnesses who testified at a hearing on Secret Service protocols in response to a September 2014 White House security breach, and similar security failures since 2009. In the September incident Omar Gonzalez allegedly scaled a White House fence, ran across the North Lawn, and entered the executive mansion. 

    Ms. Pierson in her testimony detailed actions the Secret Service was takng to address protocol concerns and said agency culture had improved during her tenure as director. Committee members repeatedly pressed the director to explain why Secret Service officials initially misled the public as to how far into the White House Mr. Gonzalez was able to get. Ranking member Elijah Cummings told Ms. Pierson that he was most disturbed by his impression that agents seemed more comfortable discussing concerns with members of Congress than agency leadership.

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