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Records Show 'Exorbitant' Charges for Secret Service at Trump Hotels

Eric Trump claims rooms were 'either provided at cost, heavily discounted, or for free'

(Newser) - Secret Service agents protecting Donald Trump and members of his family were regularly charged "exorbitant" rates to stay at Trump hotels, according to a House Oversight Committee investigation that directly contradicts claims made by Eric Trump. The former president's son, who is executive vice president of the Trump...

Jan. 6 Panel Expected to Share Ginni Thomas Testimony

Thursday's hearing is set to offer 'surprising' details, a look into Trump's 'state of mind'

(Newser) - The House Jan. 6 committee is set to unveil "surprising" details, including evidence from former President Trump's Secret Service, about the 2021 attack on the Capitol in what's likely to be its last public hearing before the November midterm elections. The hearing Thursday afternoon, the 10th public...

Secret Service Called Harris Motorcade Accident 'Mechanical Failure'

The real cause was driver error

(Newser) - Vice President Kamala Harris was unharmed when her motorcade was involved in a minor accident on a closed roadway in Washington, DC, on Monday morning—but insiders tell the Washington Post that the way it was reported to Secret Service leadership raised concerns. The agency's leaders were told "...

Jan. 6 Inquiry: DHS Has Had 24 Secret Service Phones for 2 Months

They went to DHS Inspector General, who's been accused of a lack of transparency: report

(Newser) - Secret Service leadership confiscated the cellphones of 24 agents involved in the response to the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021, and gave them to the Department of Homeland Security's inspector general up to two months ago, reports NBC News . The phones were handed over to Inspector General Joseph...

Secret Service Official Integral to Jan. 6 Probe Abruptly Retires

Tony Ornato says he has long been planning the move

(Newser) - Anthony Ornato, the Secret Service official turned Trump staffer who has become enmeshed in the House January 6 probe , abruptly retired Monday. The Intercept calls the move, which came two days before his planned interview with Department of Homeland Security investigators who are probing the Capitol riot, "unexpected."...

Secret Service Officer Assaulted Outside White House

Agency says suspect is in custody

(Newser) - The Secret Service says a suspect is in custody after an assault on one of its officers outside the White House Tuesday afternoon. The agency says the uniformed officer was attacked in an unprovoked assault near a guard booth on Pennsylvania Avenue, on the north side of the White House,...

Texts From DHS Officials Are Missing, Too

Inspector General Joseph Cuffari failed to notify Congress: 'Washington Post'

(Newser) - Texts from Secret Service agents related to Jan. 6, 2021, aren't the only messages to have escaped the peering eyes of the House select committee. According to the Washington Post , texts between the two top officials at the Department of Homeland Security under former President Trump sent in the...

Secret Service Under Criminal Investigation

Inspector general tells agency to stop its own search for deleted texts

(Newser) - A government watchdog has informed the Secret Service that it's under criminal investigation over its deletion of text messages agents sent around the time of the attack on the Capitol. Because of that, the service was told it should shut down its internal investigation, the Washington Post reports. "...

Witness: Pence Security Team Called Family to Say Goodbye

Agents feared for their lives on Jan. 6, witness tells panel

(Newser) - Just how dicey did things get in regard to Mike Pence on Jan. 6, 2021? Members of the vice president's Secret Service security team "were starting to fear for their own lives," a witness whose identity was not revealed told the panel, per CNN . "There were...

Trump's White House Counsel: My Pleas Went Unheeded

Pat Cipollone says he pushed on Jan. 6 for the president to address rioters early

(Newser) - In making the case that then-President Trump ignored the pleas of top aides to intervene in the riot, the Jan. 6 panel played testimony from former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, notes the Hill .
  • “I think I was pretty clear there needed to be an immediate and forceful response,
...

Secret Service Finds 1 Text. 'I Smell a Rat,' Raskin Says

Jan. 6 committee member finds agency's loss of messages an odd coincidence

(Newser) - A subpoena for Secret Service text messages issued by the House committee investigating the Capitol attack has yielded precisely one transmission. The communication turned over was a request for help sent Jan. 6 by Steven Sund, a Capitol police officer at the time. "That's all that we have,...

Texts Secret Service Agents Didn't Back Up Are Gone

Agents were apparently tasked with determining what to back up during phone migration

(Newser) - Update: The House Jan. 6 committee said late Tuesday that it received a letter from the Secret Service confirming the text messages the panel was seeking are gone for good. The letter also confirmed the deletion occurred during a planned phone migration that occurred shortly after the Capitol attack, reports...

Committee Subpoenas Secret Service Over Text Messages

Agency says it will answer Jan. 6 panel quickly

(Newser) - Update: The House committee investigating the attack on the Capitol has issued a subpoena for Secret Service text messages sent on Jan. 5 and 6, 2021. The committee had been told Thursday that the agency deleted the records. Democratic Chairman Bennie Thompson wrote the Secret Service that the committee wants...

Secret Service Employee Sent Home From Biden Trip

Woman accuses worker of assault on an Israeli street before Biden's arrival

(Newser) - A Secret Service employee has been sent home after being arrested and briefly held and questioned by Israeli police. A woman had accused the employee of what an agency spokesman called a "physical encounter" Monday night, NBC News reports. The confrontation occurred on a street when agency employees were...

Secret Service Director Leaves for Snapchat

James Murray quits as agency becomes snagged in Jan. 6 investigation

(Newser) - James Murray, director of the Secret Service since 2019, is leaving the government for social media. His new job is in security for Snapchat, the Washington Post reports. Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas praised Murray as an adviser, and the agency issued a statement saying Murray "helped the agency...

Reports: Secret Service Agents Deny Bombshell Claim

But will they testify under oath?

(Newser) - Prevented from going to the Capitol with his supporters on Jan. 6, President Trump grabbed the steering wheel of his limousine and lunged at the head of his security detail, a top aide to Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows testified Tuesday , relaying that what she said was told to...

Bidens Evacuate Beach House After Small Plane's Flyover

Pilot made a mistake, Secret Service says

(Newser) - A small private airplane mistakenly entered restricted airspace near President Biden's Delaware vacation home Saturday, prompting the brief evacuation of the president and first lady, the White House and the Secret Service said. The White House said that there was no threat to the Bidens and that precautionary measures...

Day Before Riot, Pence Aide Warned Secret Service

Chief of staff feared violent reaction to Trump's criticism over election certification

(Newser) - Vice President Mike Pence's chief of staff wasn't sure what was going to happen on Jan. 6, 2021. But he knew President Trump was about to publicly denounce Pence for not trying to block Congress from certifying Joe Biden's electoral victory in the presidential election, and he...

2 Secret Service Employees Sent Home From Biden's Trip

They were involved in an allegedly drunken altercation with taxi driver in South Korea

(Newser) - It might be another case of Secret Service employees behaving badly overseas : Two have been sent back to the US ahead of President Biden's trip to Asia , reports the AP . The details of what happened were still being investigated, but ABC News reports an agent got into a heated...

Police Identify Man Killed at Ambassador's Residence

Officials suggested no motive in the case, in which the Secret Service shot a 19-year-old

(Newser) - Update: DC police on Saturday identified the man shot to death this week by Secret Service agents on the grounds of the Peruvian ambassador's residence. Gordon Casey, of Germantown, Maryland, died outside the residence Wednesday, per ABC News , after an intruder was reported. Police gave no information Saturday on...

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