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Intruder slips past 24/7 Secret Service, enters White House official’s home at 3 am, then leaves undetected: Report

National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan speaks at a press briefing at the White House in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 30, 2022. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)
May 17, 2023

An intruder recently entered the home of White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan, the U.S. Secret Service said. Agents stationed at Sullivan’s house were reportedly unaware of the intrusion until after the individual left the scene.

On Tuesday, Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the agency is investigating “a security incident that took place at a protectee site,” according to NBC News.  

“While the protectee was unharmed, we are taking this matter seriously and have opened a comprehensive mission assurance investigation to review all facets of what occurred,” Guglielmi said in a statement.

“Any deviation from our protective protocols is unacceptable and if discovered, personnel will be held accountable. Modifications to the protective posture have also been made to ensure additional security layers are in place as we conduct this comprehensive review,” he added.

Guglielmi did not provide any additional details about the incident.

Citing three government officials, The Washington Post reported an unknown individual entered Sullivan’s home around 3 a.m. ET in late April. Sullivan reportedly confronted the unknown man and told him to leave.

The Post’s sources said there were no signs of forced entry and the individual appeared drunk and confused. There is also no evidence the intruder knew Sullivan or wanted to harm him, they said.

Sullivan has a constant Secret Service detail, but agents working at Sullivan’s house at the time were unaware of the intruder until after the person left, the sources added.

This isn’t the first time an intruder broke into a U.S. official’s house. Last year, a crazed individual broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s home in San Francisco and assaulted her husband, Paul Pelosi.

The assailant – identified as David DePape – later told police that Speaker Pelosi was his target at the time of the attack. The assailant said he wanted to hold the speaker hostage and “break her kneecaps” to demonstrate that there are “consequences to actions” in Congress.

Police bodycam footage of the attack was released earlier this year showing DePape suddenly swinging a hammer at Paul Pelosi, at which point officers on scene rush inside and restrain the attacker.