Police in the nation’s capital have released surveillance video from a supposed “crash” at the White House involving a U.S. government vehicle earlier this month -- and the video seems to corroborate statements made by the director of the Secret Service that initial reports of the incident were overstated.
The video from March 4 shows the government vehicle driving at a slow speed when it pushed aside a plastic barrel standing outside of a White House checkpoint.
Before that incident, the video shows someone dropping a suspicious package in the area, but the video also shows no obvious indication that there was an active crime scene when the government vehicle drove through it.
Testifying before the House Oversight and Government Reform committee today, Secret Service director Joseph Clancy reiterated previous statements denying his agency deliberately erased other surveillance video showing the incident.
With several cameras in the area of the White House, video from certain angles of the incident were lost because, “by practice,” the cameras tape over their content every 72 hours, Clancy told lawmakers last week.
Despite a push by Rep. Trey Gowdy today to release Secret Service video of the incident, Clancy refused to do so, saying it is still part of a Secret Service investigation.