Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigns following security breaches

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WASHINGTON (CNN) — Julia Pierson, the director of the U.S. Secret Service, has resigned her post, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Wednesday.

“As an interim Acting Director of the Secret Service, I am appointing Joseph Clancy, formerly Special Agent in Charge of the Presidential Protective Division of the Secret Service,” Johnson said.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said Pierson offered her resignation as director of the U.S. Secret Service because she believed it was in the best interest of the agency.

Pierson’s resignation comes after several security breaches involving the White House and the President. “She took responsibility for fixing it,” Earnest told reporters during a news briefing.

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