Kim Cheatle, a seasoned Secret Service employee, has been selected by President Joe Biden as the organization's new director.
President Joe Biden chose Kim Cheatle, a seasoned Secret Service agent, to be the organization's next director on Wednesday. The Secret Service is under fire for missing texts from the period when tens of thousands of Donald Trump supporters flooded the country. Capitol.
Cheatle takes over as several congressional committees and the Department of Homeland Security's internal watchdog look into the missing text messages, which the Secret Service claims were deleted during a technology transition. Cheatle left the Secret Service in 2021 for a position as a security executive at PepsiCo.
Cheatle was the first woman to be named assistant director of protective operations, the division responsible for protecting the president and other dignitaries, after working with the Secret Service for 27 years.
When Biden was vice president, Cheatle worked on his security detail. During that period, Biden “came to trust" her judgment and counsel, he said in a statement.
The first lady Jill Biden and Biden claimed to "know firsthand Kim's commitment to her career and the people and purpose of the Secret Service."
James Murray, who had announced his retirement to accept a position with Snap, the social media startup best known for its program, Snapchat, has been replaced by Cheatle. In light of the investigations, he declared last month that he would postpone retiring while Vice President Biden sought a new director.
After acknowledging that text communications from around the time of the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, were destroyed, the Secret Service has come under growing fire.
The organization has claimed that the texts were deleted during the transition of its phones to a new system in the weeks following the 2021 attack. The Secret Service allegedly told the House committee looking into the attack that it was up to individual agents to pick which electronic documents to save and which to destroy during the process. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a Democrat from Florida, has claimed that.
Following the dramatic testimony of former White House assistant Cassidy Hutchinson regarding Trump's conduct on the day of the uprising, the committee has recently developed a newfound interest in the Secret Service.
According to the Secret Service, all protocols were followed. They also promised, "full cooperation" with all reviews and investigations, including a criminal probe by the inspector general of Homeland Security.
Cheatle "is a veteran of law enforcement and served as the first female assistant director in charge of all protective operations for the agency before retiring," according to Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
He wrote in a tweet, "We are pleased to welcome her back as the new Director of the United States Secret Service."
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