Secret Service director Julia Pierson resigns following White House security breach

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Short Summary: Pierson came under fire from U.S. lawmakers after they lost confidence on the agency over security lapses.

First female Secret Service director Julia Pierson resigned on Oct. 1, after several questions were raised over the agency’s ability on handling President’s security following a breach at the White House that shook the nation, Washington Post said.

Pierson continued to enjoy President Obama’s confidence. However, news reports on an armed private security guard with a criminal background being allowed to board an elevator with him last month in Atlanta seemed to have changed his mind.

“Today Julia Pierson, the director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it,” Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said.

Pierson came under fire after Omar Gonzalez, a war veteran, managed to enter White House’s East Room with a knife.

Pierson was just one and half year old in the job.

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http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/julia-pierson-resigns-as-secret-service-director/2014/10/01/ea39a396-499f-11e4-891d-713f052086a0_story.html