Pete King: White House Breach Was 'Inexcusable'

Calls for hearings on failure to stop 'basic' attack
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2014 12:07 PM CDT
Pete King: White House Breach Was 'Inexcusable'
In this 2013 file photo, Rep. Peter King, R-NY, talks on his phone as he walks to a Republican caucus on Capitol Hill in Washington.   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

The White House fence-jumper was an "absolutely inexcusable" security breach, and Politico reports that Peter King wasted no time today in calling for a "full investigation into what happened, why it happened and what needs to be done to make sure it never happens again." The New York Republican wants to bring the matter before his Homeland Security Committee, because, he says, while the president may face "a lot of very complex assassination plots," Friday's breach represents "the most basic, the most simple type of procedure and how anyone especially in the days of (ISIS) can actually get into the White House without being stopped is inexcusable." Elsewhere on your Sunday dial:

  • Robert Gates on ISIS: I think that destroying (ISIS) is a very ambitious mission. I think our goal ought to be pushing (ISIS) back out of Iraq, denying them a place where they can have a permanent foothold. We’ve been at war with al-Qaeda for 13 years, we haven’t destroyed it."
  • Tony Blair on ISIS: "The president is absolutely right to take on (ISIS) and to build the broadest possible coalition. He and Secretary Kerry have put together about 50 countries now in this coalition. We’ve got absolutely no choice but to do this and not just in order to destroy the onward march of (ISIS) but to send a very strong signal to the other terrorist groups operating in the region. We intend to take action and see it though."
  • Dianne Feinstein on violence and the NFL: "I think I can speak for all of the women in the Senate when I say we are very surprised, amazed and very resolute to do something about it. There is no place for this. Period. I believe very strongly that if a player is arrested, he should be suspended, and if they’re convicted, that ends it. I know there are contracts. This is gone on too long, and this is getting too bad. These teams need to set an example for the rest of society."
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