Two Magic formula Support workers — an agent and an armed physical safety specialist — in South Korea to put together for President Joe Biden’s impending arrival are being sent dwelling following an alleged alcohol-fueled incident that finished with a report staying submitted with area law enforcement, according to two sources briefed on the circumstance.
The staff were being assigned to support get ready for the presidential go to when they went out for supper and then stopped at various bars, the sources told ABC Information. As the evening progressed, the two Secret Support staffers turned apparently intoxicated and the agent wound up in a heated argument with a cab driver, according to the resources.
Law enforcement had been called and a report detailing the “altercation” was submitted, one source reported.
“The Mystery Provider is informed of an off-obligation incident involving two workers which might constitute likely plan violations,” agency spokesman Anthony Guglielmi claimed in a statement to ABC News. “The men and women will be immediately returned again to their post of duty and positioned on administrative depart. There was no impact to the upcoming excursion. We have quite rigorous protocols and policies for all workers and we keep ourselves to the highest skilled specifications. Provided this is an active administrative personnel subject, we are not in a posture to remark more.”
The agent who allegedly bought into the argument with the taxi driver is scheduled to be interviewed by nearby police before boarding a flight again to the U.S. The selection to send them house was built whilst the president was continue to en route to Asia.
The most up-to-date episode in the Much East carries echoes of the 2012 scandal in which Mystery Assistance staff were investigated for drinking seriously and hiring prostitutes though making ready for a excursion by then-President Barack Obama to Cartagena, Colombia.
Of the 13 brokers to start with suspected of soliciting prostitutes in Cartagena, three have been cleared of wrongdoing and returned to obligation, 6 resigned or retired, and 4 had their safety clearances revoked or have been eradicated, according to a report by the Homeland Security Section inspector general issued in December 2013. According to the report, the agents in Colombia eaten as many as 13 alcoholic drinks “ahead of participating in questionable conduct.”
“The Top secret Service conducts thousands of advancements for protectees just about every year, which includes for the president abroad,” reported retired senior Mystery Support agent Don Mihalek, an ABC News contributor. “Through it all, the president has been kept protected and few incidents have arisen. Despite that, the Solution Provider is created up of people, some who make mistakes. When they do even though, the reaction has been thorough to be certain that the integrity of the mission is often taken care of.”