Secret Service Director Julia Pierson tended her resignation today, and shortly after, she opened up in an interview with Bloomberg News. Pierson says, “I think it’s in the best interest of the Secret Service and the American public if I step down.”
Pierson faced a very public grilling yesterday and legislators on both sides of the aisle called on her to resign, following a number of reports about the Secret Service bungling a number of cases, from the man who jumped the White House fence and made it inside the building to the armed man with a criminal record who rode an elevator with President Obama.
Pierson says it’s “painful” to have to leave, but understands there was a lot of pressure for her to go. She explains, “Congress has lost confidence in my ability to run the agency. The media has made it clear that this is what they expected.”
She also expresses her disappointment at not being able to fully implement all the changes she wanted to see at the agency.
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