Given the lack of any successfully carried out attack on a President in 40 years, the Secret Service seems, at first glance, to be an efficient and effective law enforcement agency. But author and Washington Post reporter Carol Leonnig has spent years talking to individuals inside the agency, and her new book, "Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service," paints a very different picture. Leonnig joins Michael Isikoff, Daniel Klaidman and Victoria Bassetti on this episode to discuss the agency. She takes us through some of its recent newsmaking scandals and the unique relationship between the Secret Service and the Trump administration — as well as what she identifies as a toxic and confused culture, both among the leadership and the rank and file.
Plus, an update on the scandal at the Post Office and some real world effects from Yahoo News' reporting.
Carol Leonnig (@CarolLeonnig), reporter, Washington Post; author
Michael Isikoff (@Isikoff), Chief Investigative Correspondent, Yahoo News
Daniel Klaidman (@dklaidman), Editor in Chief, Yahoo News
Victoria Bassetti (@VBass), fellow, Brennan Center for Justice (contributing co-host)
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"Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service" (Random House, May 2021)