According to a senior law enforcement official at the Department of Homeland Security, The US Secret Service was never contacted by Nancy Pelosi’s office or other Democratic congressional leadership regarding their ability to protect The President, Congress and the the administration during the State of the Union.
The official who spoke to the The Daily Caller stated, Pelosi made the decision unilaterally without contacting the Secret Service or DHS. “The Secret Service was never contacted by congressional leadership regarding our security plan or the Secret Service’s ability to carry it out,” the senior law enforcement official said.
Wednesday, Speaker Pelosi sent a letter to the White House asking for a postponement of the annual State of the Union address, citing congressional security concerns.
With no communication, contact or confirmation, Pelosi stated agencies were “hamstrung” because of the government shutdown.
The letter read, in part:
The U.S. Secret Service was designated as the lead federal agency responsible for coordinating, planning, exercising, and implementing security for National Special Security Events. However, both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security [DHS] have not been funded for 26 days now — with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs. Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th.
A significant amount of DHS officials and Secret Service veterans have said that Pelosi is not being truthful with her claims.
Former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino told The Daily Caller that Pelosi owes the Secret Service an apology and that the shutdown has nothing to do with agency readiness.
“The timing of their paychecks will have absolutely ZERO impact on their security plan. If Pelosi thinks the agents are going to put the POTUS in danger because they’ve missed a paycheck then she should find a new line of work,” Bongino said.
“The Secret Service is owed an apology by her for being unnecessarily put in the middle of this. These are patriots, not politicians,” Bongino added.
He also Tweeted this:
The Secret Service is stacked with PATRIOTS, not politicians such as Speaker Pelosi. They will do an exemplary job as they ALWAYS do. This is grotesque political posturing by a swamp politico desperate to damage the President, and not to do what’s best for the country. https://t.co/5VA6Idssja
— Dan Bongino (@dbongino) January 16, 2019
Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen tweeted that the agency was “fully prepared” to protect the president.
The Department of Homeland Security and the US Secret Service are fully prepared to support and secure the State of the Union. We thank the Service for their mission focus and dedication and for all they do each day to secure our homeland.
— Sec. Kirstjen Nielsen (@SecNielsen) January 16, 2019
Some network reporters who spoke with Secret Service officials also made similar reports, saying that the Secret Service is prepared for the SOTU, regardless if the government is shutdown or not?
From @petewilliamsnbc on Secret Service & SOTU "It's a no-fail mission," the official says.
"We've been planning for this for months, as we always do. It didn't start up 29 days ago," @SecretService is not being paid during shutdown
— Kelly O'Donnell (@KellyO) January 16, 2019
Do you think Nancy vetted her information first or was this a political ploy?