2 Secret Service supervisors axed from Obama detail

Two Secret Service supervisors who managed security for President Obama have been removed from the detail because of alleged misconduct involving women, The Washington Post is reporting.

The paper identified the supervisors as Ignacio Zamora Jr., who managed about two dozen agents, and Timothy Barraclough. Zamora previously was in charge of security for former first lady Laura Bush.

An investigation began after the Hay-Adams hotel, across from the White House, reported in May that a Secret Service agent had allegedly tried to force his way back into a woman's room to retrieve a bullet from his gun, according to the Post report. Zamora, who was off duty, went to her room after they met in the bar of the hotel, where the Obama family lived temporarily after his first inauguration.

The Secret Service later discovered the two supervisors had sent "sexually suggestive" emails to a female agent in the protective detail. She has not been disciplined, the Post said.

The Post was told that the Secret Service's inspector general was unaware of the incidents until the paper began inquiring last month.

An agency spokesman declined to comment on the internal review and said neither supervisor would comment.

The investigation comes 18 months after Secret Service agents were caught up in a prostitution scandal in Colombia ahead of Obama's visit, which led to congressional inquiries and the resignation of Director Mark Sullivan earlier this year. He was succeeded by Julia Pierson, the agency's first female leader.

The Post writes that the scandal prompted "vows from senior officials to curb a male-dominated culture of hard partying and other excesses." The inspector general is to deliver a report on in the next few weeks.


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