CNBC is reporting that DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson has accepted the resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson:
Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned.
Joseph Clancy, who formerly served as special agent in charge of the Presidential Protective Division of the Secret Service, will be appointed as an interim acting director of the Secret Service.
White House correspondent for The Hill Justin Sink broke the news on Twitter:
Here's DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson's full statement on Secret Service head Julia Pierson's resignation pic.twitter.com/wq98xIjVKb
— Justin Sink (@JTSTheHill) October 1, 2014
Sen. Chuck Schumer, the No. 3 Senate Democrat, and Sen. Lindsey Graham, a Republican, were both to issue public calls for Pierson’s resignation on Wednesday afternoon, their offices said. And Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a senior Republican on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said Pierson should either resign or President Barack Obama should fire her.
“Unfortunately, the Secret Service director’s appearance before the Oversight and Government Reform Committee has left us with more questions than answers,” said House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio. Although he stopped short of calling for Pierson’s resignation in a statement, he backed a call for an independent investigation and said, “the president must make a swift determination on whether the agency is being well-served by its current leadership.”
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