Washington (CNN) — Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned her post Tuesday after a fence jumper gained access to the White House Sept. 19th and a subsequent congressional inquiry uncovered other security lapses.
Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson announced the resignation in a statement. He also announced that the DHS would take over an internal inquiry of the Secret Service and that he would appointment of a new panel to review security at the White House.
Calls for Pierson to leave her post grew after a poor performance during her testimony on Capitol Hill and another bombshell revelation that the an armed contractor was allowed to get into an elevator with the president during a recent trip to the Centers for Disease Control.
Even some high ranking Democrats have turned against Pierson, who has been in the job for less than two years. In an interview on Wednesday Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, where the hearing took place, said he thinks Pierson- who he referred to as “this lady” “has to go.” Cummings reiterated this stance in an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “I want her to go if she cannot restore trust in the agency and if she cannot get the culture back in order,” he said.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-California, quickly endorsed those comments.
“I agree with his analysis, yes,” Pelosi said during her weekly Capitol Hill news conference.
And Chuck Schumer, the third ranking Democrat in the Senate announced he will call for Pierson’s resignation on Wednesday as well.
“If that’s what he is suggesting, I support his suggestion.”
Republians had also called for Pierson to step down.
“It’s clear to me that the only way to solve the problem the Secret Service has is with new leadership,” Graham said. “What Julia Pierson describes as mistakes are major security failures on multiple fronts.”
He said light security around Obama is “the worst possible signal to send to terrorists and our enemies around the world.”