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A Secret Service agent who went to Israel ahead of President Joe Biden was first detained, then sent back to the United States, after an alleged “physical encounter” with a woman.
The agent was detained and questioned by Israeli police, but was not charged before they sent him home and had his access to Secret Service information suspended, NBC News reported.
“In accordance with agency protocol, his access to Secret Service systems and facilities was suspended pending further investigation,” a spokesperson for the CIA said.
CBS News reported:
A male off-duty Secret Service agent was with other agents on Monday night at a Jerusalem bar. A woman at the bar interacted with the agent and an argument ensued. During the altercation, the agent shoved the woman, according to the three sources.
The woman involved was not injured, the sources said, but she called the Israeli police to report the agent.
Israeli police took the agent into custody and notified the U.S. Embassy in Israel, which contacted U.S. Secret Service headquarters, according to the three sources.
The agent involved was a member of the Counter Assault Team, a heavy weapons tactical unit of the Secret Service that assists the Presidential Protective Division, according to a source familiar with the matter.
This Counter Assault Team is usually deployed ahead of high-profile presidential trips.
“We hold all employees to the highest professional standards and you are seeing the results of our strong culture of accountability,” Secret Service spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said
He said that agents are required to undergo “annual integrity training” and have briefings on “professional standards” and conduct prior to embarking on any foreign assignments.
The Secret Service has been busy recently as this news comes after the agency stepped in on an incident with the president’s son.
After an alleged leak of damaging documents, photos, and videos purported to be from Hunter Biden’s iCloud account, the Secret Service has now gotten involved.
The screenshots were posted by 4Chan users on Saturday and appeared to be verified by The Washington Examiner.
The claims were not verified officially and the threads were removed by 4Chan, and now the Secret Service has spoken on it.
“At this time we are not in a position to make public comments on potential investigative actions but I can assure you the Secret Service along with other federal law enforcement partners are aware of the social media posts and claims referencing Mr. Biden,” Anthony Guglielmi, a Secret Service spokesperson said, NBC reported.
NBC News was not able to immediately get access to the material, and it is not yet possible to determine whether the purported copy of the iCloud account was current or whether it comes from material that has previously been reviewed by NBC News and other news organizations.
Some of that information first emerged in the runup to the 2020 election, after former President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said he obtained Hunter Biden’s laptop from a Delaware computer store and shared a copy of the hard drive with the New York Post. NBC News was unable to confirm the content and authenticity of the emails and other records at the time because Giuliani refused to share a copy of the hard drive.
Earlier this month it was reported that Hunter Biden, the son of President Joe Biden, has come under the scrutiny of federal surveillance for some of his activity with communist China figures, a report claimed.
“US counterintelligence officials tell me Hunter Biden has come under federal surveillance amid growing concerns his partnerships with CCP-tied figures–notably Che Feng, aka ‘Super Chairman’–could ‘compromise’ the president or help Beijing gather US intel thru Hunter,” reporter Paul Sperry said.
DEVELOPING: US counterintelligence officials tell me Hunter Biden has come under federal surveillance amid growing concerns his partnerships with CCP-tied figures–notably Che Feng, aka "Super Chairman"–could "compromise" the president or help Beijing gather US intel thru Hunter
— Paul Sperry (@PaulSperry30) July 5, 2022
DEVELOPING: US counterespionage officials investigating alleged contacts between Hunter Biden and members of CFIUS during Chinese takeover of US firm making automotive parts w/ dual-use technologies. CFIUS approved the sensitive 2015 deal, which had national security implications
— Paul Sperry (@PaulSperry30) July 5, 2022
“US counterespionage officials investigating alleged contacts between Hunter Biden and members of CFIUS during Chinese takeover of US firm making automotive parts w/ dual-use technologies. CFIUS approved the sensitive 2015 deal, which had national security implications,” he said.