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Sensenbrenner, Judiciary Committee members seek answers from Secret Service

Republican U.S. Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner joined a bipartisan group of colleagues on the House Judiciary Committee in pressing acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy for answers to more than a dozen questions surrounding recent security breaches.

In addition to Sensenbrenner, chair of the Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee, those signing the letter included: Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.; Judiciary Ranking Member John Conyers, D-Mich.; and Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security, and Investigations Subcommittee Ranking Member Bobby Scott, D-Va.

"In light of recent events and evident security failures, the House Judiciary Committee has grave concerns about the policies, procedures, and judgment of the United States Secret Service," they write.

The list of 13 questions focuses primarily on policies and procedures related recent security breaches, including a Sept. 19 incident in which man jumped a fence and made it into the White House, and an incident three days earlier in which an armed security contractor with a criminal record was allowed to ride in an elevator with the president. The letter also asks which steps are being taken to improve morale at the Secret Service.


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