That's a wrap
- Sep 30 2014 1:35 PM EDT / Brian Ries
- The public portion of the hearing has ended. It's now set to resume behind closed doors where committee members can inquire about the more confidential aspects of the Secret Service's security protocol.
- Committee members appeared furious throughout the hearing, unanimously expressing concern at the threat to the Obamas that conspired as a result of the White House intruder incident.
- Some called for heads to roll. Others want a more extensive investigation.
- But one thing that's sure to happen: this isn't the last we'll hear about the Secret Service's White House protocols. Members of Congress want change — and fast. The president's life — and those of his family — is at stake.
Washington Post: Secret Service agent who tackled intruder was off duty
- Sep 30 2014 1:27 PM EDT / Brian Ries
- The Washington Post has more on the White House intruder — and it hit the web just as the hearing was wrapping up.
- The Post's Carol D. Leonnig is reporting that the Secret Service agent who tackled the White House intruder just happened to be in the building. He was off duty and was headed home.
- Here's the Post: "The agent who finally tackled Omar Gonzalez had been serving on the security detail for President Obama’s daughters and had just seen the family depart via helicopter minutes earlier. He happened to be walking through the house when chaos broke out and the intruder dashed through the main foyer, according to two people familiar with the incident."
- There's been no indication that members of Congress grilling its director have seen the latest report — but we imagine they will as the hearing resumes behind closed doors after a short recess.
A 'fitness problem'?
- Sep 30 2014 1:15 PM EDT / Brian Ries
- Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee wants to know if the Secret Service has a "fitness problem."
- She noted how at least six Secret Service agents failed to catch the intruder as he ran across the White House lawn, suggesting they may just be out of shape. She even had the photo to prove it.
- According to a PDF posted on the Secret Service's website, recruits are measured in strength, endurance and aerobic capacity — including a 1.5-mile run.