Secret Service Agents Hit White House Barricade After Drinking Party


The Obama administration is investigating allegations that two senior Secret Service agents, including a member of the president's protective detail, drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party last week, the Washington Post reports. Officers who witnessed the incident wanted to arrest the agents and conduct sobriety tests, but the officers were ordered by a supervisor to let the agents go home.

The episode presents an early test for the Secret Service's new director, Joseph Clancy, named by Obama after a string of security lapses at the White House and other embarrassing missteps and had vowed to restore the agency's once-stellar reputation. Clancy directed that the inquiry be led by the Department of Homeland Security inspector general, in part because the incident involves such senior officials.

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