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Rep. Jason Chaffetz: 'Big Changes' Needed to Improve Secret Service

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By    |   Monday, 20 Mar 2017 11:33 AM

The Secret Service has to conduct an exhaustive self-examination after another intruder managed to get onto the White House grounds after jumping the fence over the weekend, House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz told Fox News on Monday.

"I don't know why it keeps happening," said Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah. "You're going to see some big changes. We're also looking at some major structural changes."

The House Oversight Committee is investigating problems within the Secret Service, and Chaffetz said Congress is considering moving the agency out of the Department of Homeland Security and into the Department of Treasury.

Chaffetz, who is scheduled to meet on Monday with acting Secret Service Director William Callahan and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, said he doesn't think the leadership of the Secret Service is functioning correctly, adding that the agency has about 1,000 fewer agents than it should due to recruiting and retaining issues.

The congressman, however, did express confidence in the personal interest taken by Kelly, who reportedly walked the White House grounds to familiarize himself with the security system in an attempt to improve it, stressing that he has "great optimism" about Kelly's ability to make the necessary reforms.

The intruder on White House grounds over the weekend is just the latest in other reported deficiencies in the Secret Service, according to the Washington Examiner.

Another person jumping the fence recently managed to evade capture for almost 20 minutes and made his way to the back door of the White House.

In addition, two agents are under investigation for taking selfies with Trump's sleeping grandson and another officer had a laptop with sensitive information stolen from her vehicle.

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The Secret Service has to conduct an exhaustive self-examination after another intruder managed to get onto the White House grounds after jumping the fence over the weekend, House Oversight Chairman Jason Chaffetz told Fox News on Monday.
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