House Oversight to be briefed on Mar-a-Lago security later Thursday

House Oversight and Reform Committee Chairman Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsBlack GOP candidate accuses Behar of wearing black face in heated interview Overnight Health Care: US won't join global coronavirus vaccine initiative | Federal panel lays out initial priorities for COVID-19 vaccine distribution | NIH panel: 'Insufficient data' to show treatment touted by Trump works House Oversight Democrats to subpoena AbbVie in drug pricing probe MORE (D-Md.) said he will be briefed later Thursday by the Secret Service about the security at President TrumpDonald John TrumpFederal prosecutor speaks out, says Barr 'has brought shame' on Justice Dept. Former Pence aide: White House staffers discussed Trump refusing to leave office Progressive group buys domain name of Trump's No. 1 Supreme Court pick MORE’s Mar-a-Lago golf resort after a woman carrying malware gained access there.

Cummings told reporters in the Capitol Thursday that he is interested in understanding how security operates at the resort in Palm Beach, Fla., when Trump is there in the wake of the incident, as well as how secure the area is when it comes to individuals bringing in communications equipment.

“I just want to know what happened, get a status report on what happened, that’s all,” Cummings said, adding he wants to explore “whether there are things that we need to do to tighten up the Secret Service.”


“How secure is it with regards to safety of the president and his family, and then we want to know about security with regard to communications,” Cummings said. “It seems like anybody can mosey up and bring communications equipment. We want to know exactly how that happened.”

A Chinese woman had been arrested at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida after she evaded security over the weekend, according to reports on Tuesday. The woman, Yujing Zhang, was apprehended carrying two passports and a thumb drive containing malware, according to court records.

The developments have renewed scrutiny of security practices at the president’s exclusive golf resort, where he frequently spends weekends with White House aides. The FBI is reportedly investigating the security breach.

Cummings said he and Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanHouse panel pulls Powell into partisan battles over pandemic Sunday shows preview: Justice Ginsburg dies, sparking partisan battle over vacancy before election House passes resolution condemning anti-Asian discrimination relating to coronavirus MORE (Ohio), the Oversight and Reform Committee’s top Republican, will receive the briefing from the Secret Service on security at the resort later Thursday, though the precise timing of the meeting remains unclear.

“The president’s safety is paramount to us, and it should be,” Cummings said. “I wanted to make sure that I met with them as fast as I possibly could.”


Cummings said that, depending on what comes out of the briefing, lawmakers may arrange for a subsequent meeting involving other members.

He also said Secret Service leaders have been “frank” with the committee in the past about whether shortcomings exist or mistakes were made with respect to specific incidents.

“We’ve had things happen in the past, and the way we dealt with it in the past is the same way we’ll deal with it today,” Cummings said.

“When there is an issue where we question safety or there is a problem, normal procedure is in a bipartisan way to ask them to come in, to brief us on what happened, and depending on what they say, we may then ask for another briefing with a larger group of members,” he continued. “But no matter what, if there are actions that need to be taken immediately, we want to take them immediately.”