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Secret Service Agents Face Discipline After Man Jumped White House Fences

white house big photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

At least six Secret Service agents and officers are expected to be disciplined after a man jumped White House fences and managed to stay on the property for nearly 17 minutes before being captured.

The Secret Service blamed “lapses in security protocol” that allowed the man to jump the fences undetected while Trump was inside the White House, CNN reported.

The disciplinary action will be handled by the Secret Service’s Office of Professional Responsibility, and a final judgment on discipline will be made by the Office of Integrity.

The Secret Service expressed frustration with the incident in a statement last week.

“The men and women of the Secret Service are extremely disappointed and angry in how the events of March 10th transpired,” the statement read.

“Immediate steps have been taken to mitigate lapses in security protocols even as the investigation continues. These steps include additional posts, technology enhancements, and response protocols.” 

Man Who Jumped White House Fence Was Found with Mace, Letter to Trump

white house big photoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service said a man who breached security at the White House over the weekend was carrying a backpack with mace and a letter for President Trump.

An agent discovered Jonathan T. Tran, 26, of California, near the south entrance to the executive residence, CNN reports

Tran said he wanted to talk to the president.

“No, I am a friend of the President. I have an appointment,” Tran said when approached by an officer, according to a report released Saturday by the Washington Metropolitan Police Department.

Tran said he “jumped the fence.”

Tran is expected to be charged with unlawful entry and arraigned in federal court on Monday.

Ex-Secret Service Agent Pleads Guilty to Online, Sexual Relationships with Minors

Former Secret Service Agent Lee Robert Moore.

Former Secret Service Agent Lee Robert Moore.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Secret Service agent accused of exchanging sexually explicit photos with minors pleaded guilty Wednesday.

Lee Robert Moore, a 38-year-old Maryland resident who once was assigned to the White House, pleaded guilty to one count of enticement of a minor to engage in sexual activity and one count of attempting to transfer obscene materials to a minor, the Miami Herald reports.

When Moore was arrested on Nov. 9, 2015, he was working in the Secret Service-Uniformed Division and assigned to the White House.

Prosecutors said Moore began a two-month online relationship with who he thought was a 14-year-old girl. The girl turned out to be Delaware State Police detectives.

Moore also admitted to having similar relationships with minors in Florida, Missouri and Texas.

The Secret Service fired Moore.

Other Stories of Interest

White House Dodges Questions about Sessions’ Role in Investigation of Russia

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The White House won’t answer questions about whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions should recuse himself from the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 presidential election, the Washington Post reports. 

Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., who has called for a special prosecutor to investigate the Russian interference, said Sessions should not lead the investigation because it represents a conflict.

But deputy White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders won’t say whether Sessions should withdraw from the investigation.

The appropriate time to discuss Sessions’ role, she said, is after the congressional committees complete their own investigations, even though  they are independent of the FBI probe.

Lengel: Sally Yates Sets the Right Tone for Law Enforcement in Trump Era

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates

Former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Acting Attorney General Sally Yates wasn’t going to be around very long at the Justice Department considering she was a holdover from the Obama administration.

Nonetheless, she should be commended for standing up to President Donald Trump, who implemented an executive order that was poorly thought out and executed.

Hopefully she has set a tone and a message to the White House: Federal law enforcement will not compromise its principles when asked to do something that violates the law.

It’s not likely to be the last time the administration directs federal law enforcement officials to do something questionable.

The president on Tuesday, when announcing his Supreme Court nominee, talked about the importance of the Constitution and the rule of law. We should take him at his word that he places great importance on upholding the law, not bending or breaking it.

In the coming months and years, some law enforcement officials may be forced to make a choice between doing the right thing for the country or keeping their jobs and following a White House order.

Hopefully they’ll do the right thing.

They can always get another job.

They can’t always get another reputation.

 

White House Press Secretary Defends Firing of Acting Attorney General

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer defended President Trump’s decision to fire Acting Attorney General Sally Yates, saying she serves at the pleasure of the executive branch. 

Secret Service Investigates Madonna for Talking about ‘Blowing Up the White House’

Madonna

Madonna

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Madonna caught the attention of the Secret Service after she said during the Women’s March On Washington that she has thought about “blowing up the White House.”

During a speech that was broadcast live, Madonna said she’d thought about “blowing up the White House” but knew it “wouldn’t change anything,” AOL News reports. 

The Secret Service has declined to comment on the investigation.

If charges are filed, the decision will be made by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

“We cannot fall into despair,” Madonna said. “As the poet W. H. Auden once wrote on the eve of World War Two, ‘We must love one another or die.’ I choose love. Are you with me?”

FBI Launches Investigation into Massive Breach of Yahoo Accounts

Yahoo headquarters

Yahoo headquarters

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating a massive hack that may have comprised more than 1 billion Yahoo accounts, the White House announced Thursday.

The technology company recently announced the 2013 breach, just three months after disclosing a 2014 intrusion involving roughly 500 million accounts, USA Today reports. 

In September, Yahoo said it had evidence tying the previous hack to a state-sponsored hacker. It’s unclear who was behind the most recent attack, but Yahoo said it doesn’t believe the two are linked.

The FBI declined to comment further on the September disclosure.

“We take these types of breaches very seriously and will determine how this occurred and who is responsible,” the FBI said at that time. “We will continue to work with the private sector and share information so they can safeguard their systems against the actions of persistent cyber criminals.”

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