In recent times, the Secret Service has been in the spotlight for a variety of contentious circumstances.
The agency garnered headlines in July as a result of testimony presented during prime-time hearings of the Jan. 6 Committee.
Former Trump White House worker Cassidy Hutchinson made many shocking accusations that then-President Donald Trump seized the steering wheel of the presidential vehicle after being told by Secret Service officials that he couldn’t travel to the Capitol, where a disturbance was in progress, following his address.
However, the account was contested within hours.
Text communications between Secret Service personnel that might clarify the dispute surrounding explosive charges made by a former Trump administration official last month are missing.
“The former aide said that she was told of the altercation in the SUV immediately afterward by a White House security official and that Bobby Engel, the head of the detail, was in the room and didn’t dispute the account at the time.
Engel had grabbed Trump’s arm to prevent him from gaining control of the armored vehicle, she was told, and Trump then used his free hand to lunge at Engel,” according to The Associated Press.
“Engel, the agent who was driving the presidential SUV, and Trump security officer Tony Ornato are prepared to testify under oath that no agent was harmed and that Trump never reached for the steering wheel, according to a source with knowledge of the situation.
“The source spoke to The Associated Press under the condition of anonymity, refusing to address the topic publicly,” the AP noted.
As Hutchinson’s account of events continues to be questioned or backed by various political forces, text messages between Secret Service personnel that may definitively settle the matter have inexplicably vanished, according to the Washington Post.
In addition to the matter of the missing text messages, the Secret Service was again featured in the headlines, this time in an unfavorable manner.
A Secret Service member who accompanied President Joe Biden to Israel was held and subsequently deported back to the United States following an alleged “physical interaction” with a lady.
According to NBC News, the agent was held and questioned by Israeli authorities, but was not prosecuted before being returned home with his access to Secret Service material stopped.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
“In accordance with agency protocol, his access to Secret Service systems and facilities was suspended pending further investigation,” a spokesperson for the CIA said.
CBS News reported:
A male off-duty Secret Service agent was with other agents on Monday night at a Jerusalem bar. A woman at the bar interacted with the agent and an argument ensued. During the altercation, the agent shoved the woman, according to the three sources. CONTINUE READING…