Darrell Issa Berates Secret Service Director for ‘Series of Embarrassments’
House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-CA) spent a good ten minutes grilling, interrupting, and blasting the Secret Service for covering up severe, “considerable” security lapses — specifically, the recent revelations that a White House fence jumper had made it all the way inside the White House before being apprehended.
“An intruder walked in the front door of the White House,” Issa said in his opening statement. “That is amazing — and unacceptable. Common sense tells us this was a significant security failure — not an instance of praiseworthy restraint.”
And he didn’t let up during his Q&A with Secret Service director Julia Pierson“Your agency previously reported in an indictment against Mr. Gonzales, asserted that he was arrested in the entryway,” Issa asked, cutting her short repeatedly as she attempted to give long answers. “Ma’am, I want a short answer…I want to know if I can rely on reports from your agency.”
He further questioned Pierson’s ability to lead an agency that had suffered, and downplayed, several embarrassing incidents. “You head an agency whose morale has gone down. It’s lower than other comparable federal agencies. It’s had a series of embarrassments,” he added, referring to a recent Washington Post expose of an attempted White House shooting in 2011 that was left unreported.
Watch below via C-SPAN:
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