Chaffetz: White House intruder close enough to 'rattle the door handle'

Posted March 19, 2017

This was the first known security incident since Mr Trump took office, although there have been a number of incidents of people gaining access to the White House grounds over the past few years. The agency also announced a plan to raise the height of the fence to 11 feet by 2018.

Bongino sounded the alarm after a series of epic recent screw-ups that underscored to him that President Trump is not safe on the White House grounds. The intruder never got close to the president.

He told federal agents that he was a friend of the president and had an appointment, court documents showed.

October 3, 2013 - An unarmed woman was shot and killed by a Secret Service agent and a Capitol police officer after she drove toward a security checkpoint near the White House, hit a barricade and sped away. The source believes Tran then crossed over the East Executive Drive and jumped the White House gate near an East Wing guard post that is not routinely staffed.

Utah Congressman Jason Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said the intruder rattled a door handle and looked through a window before being apprehended, the Associated Press reported.

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The security posture has returned to normal, the sources said.

He man was found with two cans of mace, a USA passport, a computer and one of Trump's books, authorities said.

Similar lapses occurred during the eight years that Barack Obama was president. Officials said he was carrying two cans of mace at the time of his arrest.

The incident was one of several breakdowns by the Secret Service that ultimately led to the resignation of the agency's director, Julia Pierson, the following month. A US magistrate this week released him to his family's home in Northern California on personal recognizance subject to court and electronic monitoring, mental evaluation and treatment if necessary.

The intruder jumped a fence near the Treasury complex in Washington, D.C. on March 10 at 11:21 p.m. The agent sometimes has duty at Trump Tower.