Off-Duty Secret Service Tackled Intruder

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    The Secret Service agent who tackled an intruder inside the East Room of the White House was not even supposed to be there that night. The Washington Post revealed Tuesday that the agent who tackled Omar J. Gonzalez was off-duty, but happened to see the intruder. Nor was the first family entirely safe: The agent who tackled Gonzalez had seen the family depart via helicopter minutes earlier. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson also revealed that agents recognized Gonzalez on the same day he jumped the fence. During questioning by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Pierson said that officers observed Gonzales for “some time” on Sept. 19, but they did not intervene before he made his way into the White House. Pierson admitted the incident was “unacceptable” and vowed to “make sure that it does not happen again.” The representatives were unimpressed with her apology. “I wish to God you protected the White House like you protected your reputation here today,” said Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA).

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