‘Comedy of errors’: Secret Service officer chatted on cell phone as intruder scaled White House fence

‘Comedy of errors’: Secret Service officer chatted on cell phone as intruder scaled White House fence

Secret Service officers bungled the response to a White House intruder by committing a series of what one lawmaker is calling a “comedy of errors,” including one officer who was on his cell phone when the man jumped the fence and multiple officers who assumed bushes would stop him.

The details were revealed in an executive summary of a DHS report, first reported by The New York Times, on the Sept. 19 incident. Accused intruder Omar Gonzales was able to scale the White House fence, sprint untouched across the lawn and make it all the way into the East Room before he was apprehended.

The summary of the review cites many ways the Secret Service failed in its response to the incident from beginning to end, and how they dropped the ball before it even happened.

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