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Two U.S. Secret Service agents in South Korea were sent stateside ahead of President Biden’s arrival following their involvement in an off-duty alcohol related incident.
The two agents, whose identities have not been made public, are on their way back to Washington, D.C. where they will face disciplinary action, a source familiar with the matter told Fox News.
The agents were not assigned to the presidential team and were in South Korea ahead of the trip for logistical reasons.
Both agents apparently became intoxicated while not on duty. One of the agent then got into an altercation with a cab driver.
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In South Korea, officials send mediators to the scene of low level disputes and then determine if criminal charges would be filed.
One of the agents was interviewed by authorities and no charges have been filed.
“The Secret Service is aware of an off-duty incident involving two employees which may constitute potential policy violations,” USSS chief spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told Fox News. “We have very strict protocols and policies for all employees and we hold ourselves to the highest professional standards.”
Guglielmi noted that both agent have been placed on administrative leave and said there was “no impact” on Biden’s trips.
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“Given this is an active administrative personnel matter, we are not in a position to comment further at this time.”
Check back on this developing story.