Four Ex-Federal Officials Named To Probe Secret Service Problems


Four former federal government officials will lead an independent review of the embattled Secret Service after the disclosure of breaches in presidential security, reports the Associated Press. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the four panelists, two who served during the Obama administration and two from the administration of former President George W. Bush, will submit their findings and recommendations by Dec. 15.

The panelists are former Obama administration Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli; former Deputy Attorney General Mark Filip, who served during Bush's term; Danielle Gray, a former assistant to the president for President Barack Obama; and Joe Hagin, deputy chief of staff for operations during the Bush administration. A Republican investigating the Secret Service, Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah, questioned the panel's composition. “I wanted to see somebody from the military, somebody perhaps from the FBI,” Chaffetz said. “I wanted somebody who had actually wielded a gun before.” This month, Julia Pierson resigned as Secret Service director, a day after testifying to Congress about an embarrassing September security breach at the White House in which a Texas Army veteran was able to climb over a fence and run deep into the executive mansion.

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