Rep. Cohen: WH fence-jumper 'got farther' than some in GOP have

Rep. Steve CohenStephen (Steve) Ira CohenDemocrats quietly explore barring Trump from office over Jan. 6  Progressives win again: No infrastructure vote Thursday Liberals defy Pelosi, say they'll block infrastructure bill MORE says an intruder who jumped the fence at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. “got farther” into the executive mansion than some GOP lawmakers “have ever gotten.”

The colorful quip by the Tennessee Democrat came during questioning of acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy on Wednesday at a House Judiciary Committee hearing.


After suggesting that a moat might be both “attractive and effective” in protecting the White House, Cohen noted with a smile, “This guy got farther in the White House than some of my Republican colleagues have ever gotten.” Laughs could be heard following the remark.

The suspect in the September incident allegedly jumped the fence outside the president’s abode and entered through unlocked doors before being apprehended inside the White House.