Congressional outcry against the Secret Service’s slew of security failures led to bipartisan calls for Director Julia Pierson’s resignation this week, with both Jason Chaffetz (R., Utah) and Elijah Cummings (D., Md.) calling on the embattled agency chief to step down.
On Tuesday night Chaffetz, who serves on the House Oversight and Reform Committee and is rumored to be angling for that body’s chairmanship, told Fox News’s Megyn Kelly that Pierson tried to mislead both Congress and the president over the severity of the security breaches. “I think it’s time that she be fired by the president of the United States, or that she resign,” he said.
Cummings appeared shaken by Pierson’s testimony during his appearance on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday. “To be very frank with you, it was very difficult for me to sleep last night,” he said. “I’ve come to the conclusion that my confidence, and my trust in this director, Ms. Pierson, has eroded. And I do not feel comfortable with her in this position.”