Dan Bongino, a former Secret Service agent who served during the Obama administration, and a Republican candidate for Congress in Maryland, blasted the Obama administration for their “protect the crown approach” on Thursday’s broadcast of “The Real Story” on the Fox News Channel.
Bongino said, “Everybody on the ground knew there was a White House staff member involved in this [the Secret Service prostitution scandal]. Listen, this is a protect the crown approach by this administration, and it has been, frankly, a grotesque pattern of behavior … [the administration] so readily throws the rank-and-file members of the government, including the people who would protect him with their lives, under the bus.” And “they will protect the crown no matter what.”
“The Secret Service agents, and you can argue about the punishment too harsh, too lenient, that’s fine. I had friends and family involved in this. It’s a sensitive topic for me. But these guys’ lives are over. It’s done. It’s finished. They were humiliated in public. Some of their wives have left them. They’ve lost their homes. yet, the White House staffer in this gets promoted for, what, women’s studies or women’s issues while there’s supposedly a war on women…Here’s a question, Gretchen, that the White House someone needs to ask. Was this kid polygraphed? Cause every Secret Service agent was. And if he wasn’t and you’re just taking his word for it, why wasn’t the same courtesy given to the agents? This is unbelievable” he added.
Bongino concluded by saying that authority over the Secret Service should “absolutely” be transferred back to the Treasury Department because “the Department of Homeland Security shift has been a disaster, go back to Treasury, they left the Secret Service alone to operate on a budget that was only about two-thirds of what it is now.”
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