WASHINGTON — The Department of Homeland Security is investigating another incident of misconduct by senior Secret Service agents, White House officials said Wednesday night.
The Washington Post reported two agents allegedly crashed a government car into White House security barriers after attending a party for a retiring colleague last week.
The officers, according to the Post, were allowed to go home after a supervisor on duty overruled on-duty agents who wanted to arrest the agents and conduct sobriety tests, the Post reported citing a current official and a former government official. One of the officers involved was a senior agent in the president’s security detail, according to the Post.
“The officers for the Secret Service who monitor the safety of the white house complex and ultimately the president and his family felt that these two individuals may have been intoxicated,” Washington Post reporter Carol D. Leonnig, who broke the story, said.
The two employees have been reassigned to non-supervisory, non-operational assignments, a Secret Service official said.
A senior administration official says the White House, including President Barack Obama, is “aware of the alleged incident.”
“At the request of Secret Service Director Joe Clancy, the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of the Inspector General is conducting an investigation into the allegations. We’re not going to comment further on this while that investigation is ongoing,” the official said.
“The President is aware of the allegations and supports Director Clancy’s decision to turn the investigation over to the DHS Inspector General for a thorough review,” another senior administration official said.