I’ve had this theory, all these incidents happening under obama’s watch, is because the Secret Service, along with our military, and all LEO’s, they could care less about his safety. You’ve always heard about wives causing husbands to drink, well, I’d say the same of this president. He is causing Secret Service to drink. I’ll go one step further, by the WH destroying these tapes, they sure don’t want us to know something. Again. Was this package truly a ‘book’? ~ JP
“Dude, you don’t have to earn their trust. You’re their boss. They’re supposed to earn your trust,” Rep. Chris Stewart, R-Utah, told Clancy.
Stewart was responding to Clancy — trying to explain why the Secret Service has been caught up in a series of controversies and security incidents — saying it will “take time” to change the culture and he, as director, needs to “build trust” with the workforce.
“I find this testimony shocking,” Rep. Nita Lowey, D-N.Y., said.
Surveillance videos taken on the night two Secret Service agents ran through a police scene after attending a party earlier this month may have been destroyed, Congressional sources told Fox News on Wednesday.
The disclosure comes as lawmakers on Capitol Hill have questioned the agency’s leadership in the wake of the March 4 incident, in which the agents were returning from a party for a departing spokesman, and drove into the scene of an active suspicious package investigation. (The package turned out to be a book.)
The videos were taken from security cameras on the White House grounds and show the car driven by the two senior agents into the area blocked off because of the suspicious package investigation.
But other potential videos from fixed positions around the White House grounds may have been destroyed, per Secret Service policy.
Lawmakers asked the Secret Service why they bothered to record the videos if they plan to destroy the tapes after 72 hours, the sources said.
“This will not stand,” Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky., said. He called Clancy’s statement that he’s not personally investigating “hogwash.”
The agents reportedly were not given a sobriety test and were allowed to go home. Clancy could not say why they were not given that test.
The Inspector General has launched a probe into the widely reported allegations. “The IG’s job is to conduct thorough and independent investigations, and that’s what we will do in this situation,” Inspector General John Roth stated in a press release. “Once we have completed our investigation, we will report our findings to the Secretary, the Congress, and the public.”