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Intruder on WH grounds 16 minutes before arrest: Secret Service

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 01:18

Twenty-six year-old Jonathan Tran, who scaled the White House fence last week was on the property's grounds for 16 minutes before he was detained, the U.S. Secret Service said in a statement. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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"The president called you a troubled person. How do you feel about that?" "Uh, I don't deny it." Jonathan Tran, who scaled the White House fence on March 10, was on the grounds for 16 minutes before he was detained. This, according to a statement released by the Secret Service. Tran now faces a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. Secret Service says he hopped a 5-foot fence near the U.S. Treasury Department -- located next door -- climbed an 8-foot vehicle gate AND a shorter fence near the East Wing before he was caught. (SOUNDBITE) HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN, JASON CHAFFETZ SAYING: "The idea that someone could jump the fence of the WH, be on the grounds for upwards of 15 minutes, be right up against the building, hide behind the pillar, and then jiggle the door, that can never, never happen and yet it happened again." Tran was caught wearing a backpack with two cans of mace, a U-S passport, a computer, and one of the president's books. All the while President Donald Trump was INSIDE the White House. Even though he praised Secret Service for apprehending Tran... (TRUMP SOT) the agency says it is taking additional steps to prevent future security lapses.

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Intruder on WH grounds 16 minutes before arrest: Secret Service

Saturday, March 18, 2017 - 01:18