Washington Post reports that once again, we have an issue with the Secret Service
Late last week, the Secret Service took the unusual step of placing Morales on indefinite administrative leave and adding his name to an internal “do not admit” list prohibiting entry to the office, a Secret Service official said. The Secret Service also took away his gun and badge after agency investigators launched a preliminary review of the complaint and conducted “subsequent corroborative interviews” Thursday afternoon, said agency spokesman Brian Leary.
“The Secret Service is an agency that demands that our employees conduct themselves with the highest level of integrity. These allegations as reported are very disturbing,” Director Joseph P. Clancy said in a statement to The Washington Post. “Any threats or violence that endangers our employees in the workplace is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.”
The inquiry marks the second time in a month that the Secret Service has dealt with alleged staff misconduct after a work-related social event. The Obama administration is looking into a March 4 incident in which two senior agents, returning from a retirement party at a downtown bar, drove an agency car into an active White House bomb threat investigation.
What strikes me about this, is that this woman actually reported her assault. Good for her. What makes me terribly disheartened is this:
The security clearance division Morales helped oversee is responsible for determining when agents, through misconduct or other action, have jeopardized their security clearances and should lose their jobs. It also helps vet Secret Service job applicants for potential security issues.
What the hell? He oversaw a division that determined misconduct and then assaults a woman in a brew pub with peers around him.
This agency has serious problems. I don't know what it will take, it seems as though a constant replacement of the department heads isn't the solution. It seems it is the entire environment of the agency. It has two jobs
The U.S. Secret Service has two distinct areas of responsibility:
Financial Crimes, covering missions such as prevention and investigation of counterfeiting of U.S. currency and U.S. treasury securities, and investigation of major fraud.
Protection, which entails ensuring the safety of current and former national leaders and their families, such as the President, past presidents, vice presidents, presidential candidates, visiting heads of state, and foreign embassies.
They are not doing so well fulfilling those jobs.
A woman being assaulted, White House break-in, Fence jumping, crashing gates, hookers and booze before the President showing up in South America, grifters crashing state dinners….
I keep saying 'Again
?' and I don't want to have to say that. Let's hope they didn't mess this up too
Secret Service agents have one of the toughest jobs in Washington: They are expected, if necessary, to put their lives on the line in the protection of the President and his family.
They've also had to teach a teen to drive.
First lady Michelle Obama revealed this week that her older daughter, 16-year-old Malia, was taught to drive by the Secret Service and occasionally drives outside the White House grounds on her own.
"The Secret Service [taught her], actually, because they wouldn't let me in the car with her," Obama told television host Rachael Ray in an interview that's set to air Thursday.
It's a good thing, too, as the First Lady told Ray she hasn't driven in seven or eight years, and admitted earlier this week she's forgotten some of the basics.