A Secret Service agent accompanying former President Bill Clinton on a trip to Bulgaria was recalled after officials claimed he was embroiled in an off-duty “altercation.”
ABC News reports that the incident involved “hotel staff.” Clinton was slated to visit Bulgaria this month “for a convening of the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI),” according to an announcement made by the organization last month.
“On May 10, a Secret Service officer assigned to support protective functions on an overseas trip to Sofia, Bulgaria was recalled to the United States by the Secret Service after an off-duty altercation with hotel staff,” a Secret Service spokesperson said, according to the news outlet.
“A second employee who witnessed this incident was also recalled. The individuals were removed prior to the arrival of the protectee, and our Office of Professional Responsibility has opened an internal investigation into the incident,” the spokesperson added.
ABC News added:
In late April, an unidentified man reportedly entered the residence of national security adviser Jake Sullivan in Washington, D.C., prompting the Secret Service to make headlines this week. According to an agency spokesperson, the alleged incident prompted a Secret Service investigation into how it could have occurred with agents presumably on guard. This week, the news came to light.
Regarding the incident that occurred during Clinton’s trip, the Secret Service stated that it has “extremely strict codes of conduct governing employee behavior, and should this investigation reveal any policy violations or misconduct, individuals will face disciplinary action.”
“All employees involved in this incident have been placed on administrative leave and access to Secret Service sites, facilities, and computer systems has been suspended pending the results of this investigation,” the agency said, per ABC News.
The agency made headlines again earlier this week when department officials refused to hand over emails that identified visitors to the Delaware home of Vice President Joe Biden.
Republicans have demanded answers regarding the lack of transparency regarding Biden’s Delaware home’s visitor records, prompting a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
“Please be advised that emails reflecting visitors to President Biden’s residences in Wilmington, Delaware, and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware are not agency records subject to the FOIA. See Doyle v. U.S. Dep’t of Homeland Sec., 959 F.3d 72 (2d Cir. 2020) (finding that emails regarding expected visitors to the sitting President’s residence were not agency records subject to the FOIA.),” the agency said in a letter to the New York Post following its FOIA request.
Last year, the Secret Service asserted that “no records were located” regarding Biden’s visits to Delaware.
“A Secret Service FOIA officer cited a federal appeals court ruling in New York regarding visitor information for former President Donald Trump’s residences, even though the ruling doesn’t bind the actions of officials in Delaware or in DC,” the New York Post reported.
Amid a scandal involving the president’s possible illegal possession of classified documents, the Secret Service stated earlier this year that it was “gathering” information about who visited Biden’s Wilmington, Delaware, residence.
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The Washington Examiner reported at the time that the demand included information on “all individuals” who visited the residence as well as other places where Biden stashed classified documents, including a private office he used at the Penn Biden Center in Washington, D.C. CONTINUE READING…