Rep Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), chairman of the House Oversight committee, describes the latest intruder breach into the White House grounds as “complete and utter total failure.” He says, “Look, they have concentric circles that radiate out from where the President is no matter where he is. But the White House is probably the most targeted place on the face of the planet. We spend billions of dollars to secure it. The President was in the residence that night.”
“How some person,” says Chaffetz, “can go up to the fence, jump it, be on the ground for what Secretary Kelly, I got off the phone with him literally about an hour ago. Secretary Kelly told me that this person was there, on the ground for 17 minutes, went undetected, was able to get up next to the White House, hide behind a pillar, look through a window, rattle the door handle, is just beyond comprehension.”
Chaffetz notes it’s even more incredible because it’s happened before. He says, “The moment somebody jumps over that fence they have to be taken down. And it really, this one scares me probably more than any because of the length of time, the proximity to the President, getting right up close to the White House, and going so long without being detected.”
An exasperated Chaffetz says, “It makes no sense and I don’t know what in the world they’re doing but it is a total and complete embarrassment.” Wolf Blitzer asks about the rattling of the door handle and whether or not the door was locked. Chaffetz responds, “We don’t know whether it was locked. The intruder did not get into the White House, but to be able to touch the White House, come on. That’s why we spend billions of dollars with personnel and dogs and technologies and fences and undercover people and video surveillance.”
“And yet, the person’s able to get up that close to the White House and spend 17 minutes before he’s apprehended?” Chaffetz adds, “That’s just unbelievable.”
Blitzer points out that the rattling of the door handle and the potential to have entered the White House with the President inside was not mentioned in the initial report by the Secret Service. That’s not surprising. Will they listen to Dan Bongino this time?
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