Secret Service Let Armed Ex-Con Ride Elevator With The President
It’s no wonder our President’s hair is turning grey by the millisecond.
Just last week, a knife-wielding man jumped the White House fence, ran across the lawn, got past Secret Service officers and made it all the way inside of the Green Room of the executive mansion. Now, it’s being reported that President Obama’s safety has been placed in jeopardy once again.
According the Washington Post, the security breach occurred two weeks ago while the POTUS was visiting the CDC in Atlanta. An armed security guard with three convictions on his record for assault and battery was allowed to ride in an elevator with Obama during the Sept. 16 visit, which was a complete violation of Secret Service protocol.
Sources familiar with the incident say that the security guard caught the attention of Service officers when he refused to comply after they asked him to stop using his cell phone to record the President in the elevator. When the elevator doors finally opened, Obama exited with most of his Secret Service agents, but a few stayed behind to question the man. After using a national database to look him up, they learned about his criminal history.
When a supervisor from the firm that the security guard worked for learned of the agents’ concerns, the guard was fired on the spot. He agreed to turn over his gun, which stunned the agents because they did not realize that he was armed during his encounter with the President.
As it turns out, extensive screening is supposed to occur beforehand to keep people with both weapons and criminal records out of arm’s reach of the President.
“You have a convicted felon within arm’s reach of the president, and they never did a background check,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) said. “Words aren’t strong enough for the outrage I feel for the safety of the president and his family.”
“His life was in danger,” he added. “This country would be a different world today if he had pulled out his gun.”
A White House spokesperson declined to comment on the incident and whether or not President Obama had been informed of it. Secret Service officials said that an investigation into the breach is underway.