The Secret Service has committed blunder after blunder recently, and this latest one could have been disastrous as the White House fence jumper reportedly shuffled around on the south grounds for around 15 minutes, possibly more, before he was apprehended.
The accused White House fence jumper was on the White House south grounds for 15 minutes or more before he was caught Friday, a Secret Service source with knowledge of the matter told CNN Friday, and officials are investigating multiple failures that allowed it to happen.
The source says Jonathan Tran set off several alarms, but was able to avoid other sensors. The source said “the response to the alarm was lacking, and found (the suspect) vulnerabilities in the system.”
Secret Service officials are conducting a formal Mission Assurance Review to the incident. They say the 26-year-old California man carrying a backpack jumped multiple fences at the White House complex and set off multiple alarm sensors before he was discovered just steps from a main door to the mansion.
Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, informed the acting director of the Secret Service, via a letter sent Friday, that the committee was investigating the incident.
Chaffetz stated that new information has cropped up that wasn’t in the original affidavit, such as allegations that alarms were triggered that went ignored and that the suspect “may have moved around on the White House grounds undetected for a considerable amount of time.”
Chaffetz noted that the suspect “may have attempted entry into the building.”
“If true, these allegations raise questions about whether the agency’s security protocols are adequate,” he wrote.
Acting Director William Callahan was asked by Chaffetz to bring documents and video related to the incident in question to a briefing Monday at 5 p.m.
“The service did a fantastic job,” the President told reporters during a lunch meeting with Cabinet officials at the Trump National Golf Club in Potomac Falls, Virginia last Saturday. “It was a troubled person. It was very sad.”
What a mess.
The Secret Service is having some serious problems lately and that is incredibly dangerous. They need to get their act together.