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John Carter

New Secret Service chief is grilled by lawmakers, asks for patience

When President Obama named Joseph Clancy as the permanent director of the Secret Service last month, the White House cited the credibility he had earned among the agency’s workforce through a 27-year career there. Clancy’s insider standing appeared to be a selling point for the first family, whose safety is in his hands, and for the agents and former colleagues he oversees, whose collective reputation had been battered by a string of public lapses in judgment. That qualification did not, however, appear to satisfy members of Congress on Tuesday. Turning a routine budget hearing into an early test of Clancy’s leadership, lawmakers renewed questions about whether the...