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Nancy Pelosi supports Dem call for resignation of Secret Service director

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WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 01: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi speaks at the U.S. Capitol October 1, 2014 in Washington, DC. Leader Pelosi spoke about issues before Congress during her weekly press briefing. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that she supports the recommendation of a key House Democrat, who says Secret Service Director Julia Pierson should resign.

Reports surfaced Tuesday that Secret Service agents allowed Obama to get onto an elevator earlier this month with a man who had a gun. That report outraged both Republicans and Democrats.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday she supports a call from another Democrat for the resignation of Secret Service Director Julia Pierson. Mark Wilson/Getty Image

That revelation came on the same day Pierson testified before a House committee about the failure of her agency take the proper steps after a gunman fired shots into the White House in 2011. She also testified that a fence-jumper was able to gain entry into the White House last month because the front door was not locked and not connected to the White House security system.

These pieces of information led Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) to say he believes Pierson should resign.

"I've come to the conclusion that my confidence and my trust in this director, Ms. Pierson, has eroded, and I do not feel comfortable with her in that position," he said on Morning Joe Wednesday morning.

Pelosi told reporters Wednesday that she doesn't have the information available to Cummings, who is the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee. But she said she trusts his judgment and supports his call for Pierson's resignation.

"If that's what he is suggesting, then I support his suggestion," Pelosi said. "I am subscribing to his superior judgment and knowledge on the subject."

But Pelosi also said the myriad of problems at the Secret Service are unlikely the cause of Pierson alone, and said she would support a broader investigation into the Secret Service, with the goal of making tough recommendations about how to reform the agency.

"There has to be an independent investigation as to what is going on at the Secret Service," Pelosi said. "The protection of the president has to be precise, it has to be flawless, and there has to be accountability when that is not the case."

"It is inexcusable that someone would jump over the fence and into the White House, inexcusable that someone would be on an elevator with the president of the United States, with or without a weapon," she said.

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