A former Secret Service agent has claimed that the security detail assigned to protect Hillary Clinton had violated a few basic protocols.
An incident took place while the Democratic nominee was attending a 9/11 commemoration ceremony at ground zero on Sunday. A video posted online shows Clinton seemingly fainting and stumbling as two secret service agents put her into a black van.
According to a previous story by Morning News USA, Clinton left the commemoration ceremony early due to health-related issues. While she waited for a vehicle with Secret Service, strange metals fell from her pant leg.
Now, a former Secret Service agent claimed that the security detail assigned to the former First Lady had gone against the most important protocols. He said, after reviewing the video, that security was rushing as they did not expect the Democratic nominee to leave at that time.
In the video, she can be seen leaning against a bollard while waiting for the vehicle. Her security agents then help her into the black van.
The former agent claimed that it was a clear violation of Secret Service guideline.
In the video, the Clinton’s security detail leader, Secret Service agent Todd Madison, moves to open the door of the van. This again is very strange, because a detail leader must never leave the protected individual’s side. According to Chicago Tribune, the former agent noted that opening the van is the site agent’s job, and the detail leader’s position is next to Hillary Clinton.
However, the former agent said that maybe the speedy nature of the departure had given little choice for the detail leader to follow proper guidelines.
Sunday’s occurrence resulted into questions about the Democratic nominee’s traveling pool of reporters. She left them behind at ground zero during her unexpected exit. The reporters had no knowledge of her whereabouts or condition for about 90 minutes.