On Wednesday, two men, who had posed as DHS agents and worked for years to get close to a number of U.S. Secret Service agents by bribing them with lavish gifts and apartments, were arrested by the FBI.
According to the Washington Examiner, the Secret Service agents who had been involved in falling for the deception had all been tasked with high-level details, including one agent who was assigned to first lady Jill Biden’s protective detail.
Another one of the gullible agents was reportedly tasked with protecting President Joe Biden, while another agent had been assigned to a detail protecting Vice President Kamala Harris’ residence.
The attempted infiltration of federal law enforcement was carried out by men called Arian Taherzadeh, and Haider Ali/
Secret Service response
The federal law enforcement agency didn’t have a lot to say about the situation, likely given how unfathomably embarrassing it is, but it did release a brief statement after the two men were arrested.
“All personnel involved in this matter are on administrative leave and are restricted from accessing Secret Service facilities, equipment, and systems,” the agency said.
It added: “The Secret Service adheres to the highest levels of professional standards and conduct and will remain in active coordination with the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security.”
The two men involved in the scheme allegedly lured the Secret Service agents with rent-free apartments, handguns, drones, televisions, iPhones, and other lavish gifts.
In the wake of the developing story, many now want to know not only what the true motive of the individuals was, but also who funded all of the gifts they offered to bribe the agents.
Uuuuuhhh I would sure like to know where these people who posed as government agents and put up Secret Service agents in apartments with surveillance systems got all their money from https://t.co/5yYly0JoNc pic.twitter.com/mv2F7Y8SzZ
— Yair Rosenberg (@Yair_Rosenberg) April 7, 2022
While there will undoubtedly be additional information revealed with regard to the bizarre case, it’s clear that the men, who posed as DHS agents, were on track to gain access to the White House, given the security details that the Secret Service agents were tasked with.
Only time will tell what else comes as a result of the investigation, but it already has the makings of a Hollywood spy movie.