Pierson’s departure reveals systemic problems

Pierson failed to provide a fresh start for the Secret Service. (AP)

The resignation of Julia Pierson and the launch of an extensive review of the Secret Service are an acknowledgement by President Obama that the agency charged with protecting him is in deep turmoil.

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Homeland Security head’s statement on Julia Pierson

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White House responds to resignation of Pierson

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The White House commented on the resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson on Tuesday, saying Pierson and President Obama agreed that it was in the best interest of the agency that new leadership be appointed.