In the latest humiliation for the Secret Service, an unauthorized armed man was allowed to ride an elevator with President Obama during a tour of CDC headquarters in Atlanta this month, according to reports that were confirmed by a senior Republican congressman.
The Washington Examiner first reported on Tuesday that Obama was in an elevator with his Secret Service detail when a CDC security officer began taking photos and video of the president and "behaving unprofessionally."
The lapse was a breakdown in protocol for an agency tasked with vetting anyone who will come in close contact with Obama. The Washington Post reported that the man was a security contractor who had three prior convictions for assault and battery. He did not comply with directions from Secret Service agents to stop photographing the president.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, a Utah Republican who is a senior member of the House oversight committee, confirmed the accounts on Twitter, citing "a whistleblower."
Security contractor with a gun next to the President happened two weeks ago, according to my whistleblower.— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) September 30, 2014
Obama had been in Atlanta to receive a briefing on the Ebola outbreak.