Members of the House Judiciary Committee on Friday pressed the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on how a man with an alleged criminal record was hired as a security contractor and later allowed to ride on an elevator with President Obama.

Concern over the Sept. 16 incident helped lead to Secret Service Director Julia Pierson's resignation earlier this month. In a letter to CDC Director Thomas Frieden, members of the House Judiciary Committee expressed concern that the contractor was in a "position of trust" at the facility.


"Given the extremely sensitive nature of the work performed at the CDC, we are deeply concerned that a convicted criminal appears to have been given a firearm and put in a position of trust at your headquarters," the lawmakers wrote.

The letter's signatories were House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteNo documents? Hoping for legalization? Be wary of Joe Biden Press: Trump's final presidential pardon: himself USCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction MORE (R-Va.), ranking member John ConyersJohn James ConyersBiden's immigration plan has serious problems Tlaib wins Michigan Democratic primary Tlaib holds lead in early vote count against primary challenger MORE (D-Mich.), Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security and Investigations Subcommittee Chairman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-Wis.) and subcommittee ranking member Bobby Scott (D-Va.).

In the letter, the lawmakers asked the CDC to state whether the agency or the Federal Protective Service ever conducted a background check on the contractor, and if so, whether it revealed a criminal history. They also requested information by Oct. 30 on how the CDC is working to secure its facilities to prevent a similar incident from happening again.