Kamala’s Secret Service agents BRAWL

A Secret Service agent assigned to Vice President Kamala Harris’s security detail was removed from duty after an incident at Andrews Air Force Base.

The unidentified U.S. Secret Service agent protecting the vice president reportedly got into an altercation before Harris arrived at the Washington, D.C.-area Air Force facility.

He got into a physical struggle with fellow agents on Monday before being handcuffed and led away ahead of Harris arriving on site to depart for a scheduled trip to Wisconsin, according to the Washington Examiner.

It was characterized as a “medical incident” by the Secret Service, according to the Washington Examiner which noted in its report that it “is aware of the agent’s name and specific detail responsibilities but is withholding those details for privacy reasons.”

According to the outlet:

The Washington Examiner understands that the agent became aggressive with other agents. When the special agent in charge and a detail shift supervisor attempted to calm the agent, a physical altercation ensued. The agent was handcuffed before being withdrawn from service for medical assessment. Harris was scheduled to arrive at Andrews Air Force Base after the incident.

 

In a statement, Secret Service Chief of Communications Anthony Guglielmi noted how the agent’s behavior began to be “distressing” to his colleagues.

“At approximately 9 a.m. April 22, a U.S. Secret Service special agent supporting the Vice President’s departure from Joint Base Andrews began displaying behavior their colleagues found distressing,” Guglielmi said.

“The agent was removed from their assignment while medical personnel were summoned. The Vice President was at the Naval Observatory when this incident occurred and there was no impact on her departure from Joint Base Andrews,” he continued. “The U.S. Secret Service takes the safety and health of our employees very seriously. As this was a medical matter, we will not disclose any further details.”

Sources told CBS News that “the agent spouted gibberish, was speaking incoherently and provoked another officer physically,” adding that he “pushed the special agent in charge while they were near the lounge of Joint Base Andrews.”

While on protective duty domestically, all Secret Service agents are typically armed. There were no further details about the struggle or any issues with firearms.

The Secret Service “remains in a temporary holding pattern until further information becomes available,” sources told CBS News.

“After the agent receives additional medical attention and further evaluation, it will be determined if they can return to work. An internal review will be conducted and the USSS will assess if the agent’s top secret security clearance will be removed for medical or disciplinary reasons, sources explained,” the outlet reported.

Agents go through rigorous training ahead of being assigned.

“Because of the continuity of government protocols, VPD [Vice Presidential Protective Division] agents are party to exceptionally sensitive planning on responses to nuclear war and catastrophic terrorist attacks or environmental disasters,” the Washington Examiner noted. “Agents must serve in field offices for a minimum of three years and receive excellent performance reports before going to VPD. They must also then pass the intensive Protective Detail Training course at the Secret Service’s James J. Rowley training facility in the DC suburbs.”

 

Frieda Powers

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