House committee subpoenas two Secret Service agents
© Greg Nash
Two Secret Service agents have been subpoenaed by the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in connection with a recent incident in which agents drove over a suspicious package under investigation outside of the White House.
 
 
“The top priority of the Committee’s investigation into multiple security lapses within the Secret Service is to ensure the President, his family, and other individuals protected by the Secret Service are safe,” he said
 
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During a hearing last week with Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy, Chaffetz showed video of Secret Service agents driving over a barricade that separated the suspicious package from the road during an investigation. News reports claim the officers had been drinking. 
 
While Clancy told the committee during a hearing last week that he’d allow the agents who drove that car to speak to the committee, a press release from the committee on Tuesday night says that is “no longer the case” and called it “unacceptable.”  
 
“I regret that Chairman Chaffetz and his staff have taken the unprecedented and unnecessary step of subpoenaing two members of the U.S. Secret Service with the responsibility for the protection of the President, his family and the White House complex,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement Tuesday night. 
 
“Chairman Chaffetz’s assertion that this Department has been ‘uncooperative’ is simply wrong.”
 
The Secret Service has been besieged by criticism after multiple instances of people jumping the White House fence and one making it deep into the building before he was apprehended. 
 
Reports by The Washington Post showed the Secret Service let an armed person ride an elevator with President Obama while he visited the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and that agents bungled the response to a person shooting at the White House.
 
—Updated at 8:28 p.m.