Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy said Thursday that he now believes that agents were not involved in a car crash at the White House the night of March 4, as has been widely reported.
Press reports said two agents who were driving under the influence of alcohol were involved in a crash through a White House barricade that night. That event led to a scathing congressional hearing on Tuesday, when Clancy had to admit he did not learn of the event until five days later.
But on Thursday, Clancy said he had reviewed the tape, and that it showed a very minor incident that didn't involve any property damage.
"I've also personally reviewed video surveillance from the evening of March 4, and I welcome the opportunity to review this footage with each of you," he told a Senate committee.
"Based on the footage, previous reports of a crash are inaccurate," he added. "There was no crash.
"The video shows a vehicle entering the White House complex at a speed of approximately one to two miles per hour, and pushing aside a plastic barrel. There was no damage to the vehicle," he said.
If the incident is as minor as he says, it could explain why he was not informed of it until five days later. Other reports have said the crash interrupted an active bomb investigation.
Clancy said he's still concerned about reports that the agents might have been drunk at the time, but said he would reserve any further judgment until the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General fully investigates.