WASHINGTON (AP) — There have been 143 security breaches or attempted breaches at facilities secured by the Secret Service in the last 10 years, according to a lengthy House Oversight and Government Reform Committee report critical of the agency released early Thursday.
WASHINGTON • A device, possibly an unmanned aerial drone, was found on the White House grounds during the middle of the night while President Barack Obama and the first lady were in India, but his spokesman said Monday that it posed no threat.
It was unclear whether their daughters, Sasha and Malia, were at home at the time of the incident with their grandmother, Marian Robinson, who also lives at the White House. The White House had said before the president’s trip that the daughters would remain in Washington so not to miss school.
Two U.S. Secret Service officers are under investigation and have been removed from President Barack Obama’s detail following allegations of misconduct, according to The Washington Post.
The allegations do not appear to involve a direct breach of Obama’s security, but rather sexually-related misconduct, recalling previous scandals that have cast a spotlight on the service and its traditionally male-dominated culture.
On Thursday evening, during one of his latest Tweetstorms, Trump criticized leaks to several media outlets detailing contents of the classified Russian hacking report which Trump is set to go over any minute.
WASHINGTON — The White House Thursday defended its review of allegations that a volunteer with the president’s advance team spent a night with a prostitute in Colombia during preparations for a 2012 summit.
A White House spokesman, Eric Schultz, said that former White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler reviewed the events in “an impressive, thoughtful and thorough way” and found no wrongdoing by the volunteer. She “looked at these allegations and found there was nothing to them,” he said.
WASHINGTON — The Secret Service sent three agents home from the Netherlands just before President Barack Obama’s arrival after one agent was found inebriated in an Amsterdam hotel.
The three agents were benched Sunday for “disciplinary reasons,” said Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan, declining to elaborate. Donovan said the incident was prior to Obama’s arrival Monday in the country and did not compromise the president’s security in any way.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama made clear Friday that he has no intention of stopping the daily collection of phone records from millions of Americans, but his administration promised more oversight of how such programs are carried out.
Obama held a news conference to try to quell anger over a spying program that has been kept secret for years and that the administration falsely denied ever existed.