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Secret Service Crash: Investigation Opened After Agents Hit WH Gates

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Members of the Secret Service keep watch at the White House in Washington March 12, 2015. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters/Landov)  

By    |   Thursday, 12 Mar 2015 08:38 AM

A Secret Service crash, in which two agents reportedly crashed into a White House barrier after drinking at a party last week, has led to a new investigation of the beleaguered agency.

The two senior Secret Service agents — identified by Politico as Mark Connolly, who serves on President Barack Obama's detail, and George Ogilvie, a senior officer in the D.C. office — were not arrested at the scene March 4 after a supervisor stepped in and let them leave, The Washington Post reported.

A Secret Service official told Politico that Connolly and Ogilvie have since been reassigned to "non-supervisory, non-operational assignments."

The Secret Service crash is just the latest incident in a series of embarrassing scandals that have rocked the agency since last September when Omar J. Gonzalez, a U.S. Army veteran who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, jumped the White House fence and ran far into the executive mansion through an unlocked front door, The Post noted.

The crash drew a stern warning from House Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, and Maryland Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the panel.

"Although recent steps have been made to bring new leadership in at the highest levels, this incident begs the question of whether that is enough," Chaffetz and Cummings wrote, according to Politico. "The fact that this event involved senior-level agents is not only embarrassing but exhibits a clear lack of judgment in a potentially dangerous situation."

The New York Times reported that new Secret Service director Joseph P. Clancy has requested that an investigation into the allegations be handled by the Homeland Security inspector general.

"The Secret Service is aware of the allegations of misconduct involving two of our employees at the White House complex," Brian Leary, a Secret Service spokesman, told The Times. "If misconduct is identified, appropriate action will be taken based on established rules and regulations."

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