(NBC News) Lawmakers will ask Secret Service Director Julia Pearson Tuesday how a man jumped the White House fence, ran across the lawn, and according to the Washington Post, got all the way into the East Room before they stopped him.
The new Washington Post report also says there was mass confusion when bullets hit the private residence in 2011 while the president’s daughter Sasha and her grandmother were inside.
“The rank and file agents and uniformed division officers did what they were supposed to do. They took out their weapons, they took cover; they called out gunshots,” said Former Secret Service Agent Dan Bongino.
But the Washington Post claims officers were told to stand down. They were told it was a truck backfiring; then later, gunfire from a gang shootout.
Four days later the Secret Service confirmed gunshots hit the residence. An arrest came one day after that.
Former agents blame the chain of command. “It does make certain individuals uncomfortable to speak openly, to engage their supervisors,” says Former Secret Service Agent Eve Poumpouras.
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