It’s not every day that a Secret Service agent gets drunk, crashes a government car into the White House security barricades, and almost gets away with it—but when it does happen, you’d better believe Congress is going to tear that guy’s boss a new one.

ICYMI, that day happened this week. Two senior Secret Service agents got behind the wheel after a White House party, explored a security barrier with the bumper of their car, and were nearly arrested for it before being saved by a senior supervisor who happened to be on duty.

Oh, and one more small detail—they drove through an active bomb investigation. At the White House. IN FRONT OF PEOPLE.

This is a caps lock-ey kind of post, which we normally frown upon here at Legal Insurrection; but really, what is there to say, and how else should I say it?

New Secret Service director Joseph P. Clancy has only been mopping up agents for a month, but he’s already scheduled to testify before a House subcommittee


From Fox News:

Congressional lawmakers are pressing for answers on the late-night March 4 incident where agents returning from a party drove into the scene of the suspicious package probe — and allegedly were allowed by a supervisor to go home. Several congressional committees have requested a briefing from various agencies on the incident.

Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy also is set to appear at a previously scheduled hearing on March 17 before the House Appropriations Homeland Security Subcommittee.

“He is in for a helluva grilling,” one senior congressional source told Fox News.

A House Judiciary Committee aide told that the allegations, if true, should merit “severe consequences” — particularly regarding the supervisor who allegedly intervened on the scene.

“It’s unacceptable for a Secret Service employee, who is tasked with protecting the White House, to cover up actions by other agents that endangered the White House complex and innocent civilians,” the aide said.

In the video, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said, “…this is not trivial.” I hate it when I agree with Chuck Schumer, but seriously; everyone makes mistakes, and every agency has problem employees. But this is the Secret Service. These are the people who are tasked with protecting the most powerful people on the face of the planet, and two of them decided to pull a Kennedy on one of the most closely monitored roadways on the planet.

There’s a problem here. We’ll provide coverage of Congress’ efforts to get to the bottom of this—and any other incidents that go down before then.


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