Secret Service video: Agents who’d been drinking made contact with barrel near suspicious package.

Video Shows Secret Service Agents Hitting Barrel Near Suspicious Package

Video Shows Secret Service Agents Hitting Barrel Near Suspicious Package

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March 24 2015 3:29 PM

Video Shows Secret Service Agents Who’d Been Drinking Hitting Traffic Barrel Near Suspicious Package

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The agents' car as it passes near the suspicious package.

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The Secret Service’s most recent scandal involves two agents who, after drinking at a March 4 party, drove a government vehicle into a security barrier outside the White House in the area of a suspicious-package investigation. Much initial coverage of the incident interpreted the Washington Post’s description of it—agents “drove a government car into White House security barricades after drinking at a late-night party,” the paper wrote—to mean that a dramatic crash had occurred. (The Post also said the car “ran through security tape” before hitting barricades, and an initial headline described the situation as a "car accident.") Testifying subsequently before Congress, though, Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy, though, said the agents had only “nudged” an “orange construction-type barrel.”

So how worrisome, exactly, was this collision? Well, now you can decide for yourself: Gumshoe Rep. Jason Chaffetz of Utah has made security footage of the incident public.

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The verdict here: It’s not really a “crash” or a “car accident” ... but it’s not the Secret Service’s finest moment, either, especially given that a supervisor then sent the agents home without subjecting them to a sobriety test.