Broadcast networks provided special coverage this afternoon after Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned in the aftermath of an armed intruder hopping a fence and running into the White House on September 19. More revelations surfaced this week that another armed man—with a criminal record for assault and battery—was able to get into an elevator with President Obama on September 16.
ABC News cut in at 3:20pmET with George Stephanopoulos anchoring, senior justice correspondent Pierre Thomas reporting from Washington, DC, and chief White House correspondent Jonathan Karl reporting from the White House. CBS News cut in at 3:28pmET with Scott Pelley anchoring and chief White House correspondent Major Garrett reporting from the White House. NBC News didn’t provide special coverage.
All three cable news networks went wall-to-wall with the news along with airing the afternoon press briefing with Press Secretary Josh Earnest, who answered questions on Pierson’s resignation. Joseph Clancy has been named the acting director of the Secret Service.