As a suspicious package turned up near the White House on March 4, two senior agents reached the scene in a drunken state and almost ran the suspicious package over with their car.
The reputation of the Secret Service is at serious risk because of incidents similar to this one. In the past four years, 13 agents belonging to the Secret Service were implicated, resulting in only three returning to duty.
In this particular case, a suspicious package turned up near White House and was being examined by two police officers when the two agents, identified as Mark Connolly, the second agent in Obama’s detail, and George Ogilvie, Washington’s office senior supervisor, showed up.
Although the incident was over in half a minute, and the package was determined to be a book wrapped in a piece of clothing, the reckless behavior of the agents caused a number of negative reactions on Capitol Hill.
Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., expressed condemnation for such behavior, and noted that the behavior of a few “bad apples” is causing the entire Secret Service to lose credibility, and is a distraction from the agency’s very important task.
The director of the agency was not immediately notified, but was informed the next day, along with the Department of Homeland Security Secretary, Jeh Johnson. Clancy will be appearing before the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee. While the meeting was routinely scheduled for a different discussion, sources claim that Clancy will be questioned about the incident.