Julia Pierson resigns as Secret Service chief

Pierson was grilled by lawmakers Tuesday. (Jahi Chikwendiu/Post)

Support for Julia Pierson rapidly declined on Capitol Hill just hours after a congressional hearing where she avoided answering direct questions and gave conflicting accounts of a incident in which a man jumped the White House fence and ran inside the executive residence.

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