EXCLUSIVE | Officials denied anyone from the White House was involved in the scandal, but senior aides were given information suggesting that a prostitute was an overnight guest in the hotel room of a presidential advance-team member.
Julia Pierson was brought in 18 months ago to put an end to business as usual at the Secret Service, but systemic problems persisted.
Julia Pierson resigned after a series of major security lapses that eroded President Obama’s confidence in her ability to run the agency that protects him.
The security contractor was allowed on an elevator with the president Sept. 16, violating Secret Service protocols, three people familiar with the incident said.
Julia Pierson faced hard-edged questioning, from Democrats and Republicans, as House lawmakers called for an independent investigation.
The agent, part of the Obama daughters’ security detail, is said to have been coincidentally in the mansion.
Omar Gonzalez is said to have gone farther into the mansion than was previously known, overpowering a guard and running through the main floor.
A reconstruction of the events on Nov. 11, 2011 shows the confusion and lapses in security — never previously reported — amid an attack that the Secret Service failed to properly identify and investigate.
EXCLUSIVE | It took four days for the agency to realize that a gunman had fired into the mansion, potentially endangering the Obamas’ daughters.
She thought she’d hate traveling in an RV. But to her surprise, a family road trip convinced her otherwise.