Report: Secret Service Rejects Pelosi’s Claim It Can’t Protect SOTU During Gov’t Shutdown

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | January 16, 2019 | 4:21 PM EST

House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)

The U.S. Secret Service says House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) when she says it can’t protect President Donald Trump’s State of the Union address to Congress during the partial government shutdown over border wall funding, NBC News White House Correspondent Peter Alexander reported Wednesday.

Pelosi made headlines earlier in the day when she released a letter to Pres. Trump telling him he should postpone his address due to “security concerns” caused by the shutdown:

“Both the U.S. Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security have not been funded for 26 days now – with critical departments hamstrung by furloughs.

“Sadly, given the security concerns and unless government re-opens this week, I suggest that we work together to determine another suitable date after government has re-opened for this address or for you to consider delivering your State of the Union address in writing to the Congress on January 29th."

But, NBC’s Alexander reports on Twitter that he spoke with a senior law enforcement official who denies Pelosi’s claim:

Secret Service is fully ready to offer full protection during the #SOTU, a sr. law enforcement official tells @petewilliamsnbc. "It's a no-fail mission," the official says. Though USSS personnel are not being paid, the intelligence & protection functions are fully staffed. (1/2)

"We've been planning for this for months, as we always do. It didn't start up 29 days ago," the official said. (2/2)

Likewise, CNN Congressional Reporter Elizabeth Landers reports that a senior DHS official told her Pelosi’s claim has “zero” credibility:

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