WASHINGTON — The director of the Secret Service introduced on Thursday that he would retire on the finish of the month after a 27-year profession with the company that’s charged with defending the president of the United States.
The director, James M. Murray, has accepted a place with the social media firm Snap, which is thought for its messaging app, Snapchat, an company spokesman stated.
Mr. Murray was appointed by President Donald J. Trump in 2019 after Mr. Trump turned disillusioned with the company’s director on the time, Randolph D. Alles. The director of the Secret Service is appointed by the president and doesn’t require Senate affirmation.
“Joining the Secret Service was the easiest decision I have ever made,” Mr. Murray wrote in a letter to company workers on Thursday. “Deciding it is time to move on, however, has been one of the most difficult.”
In April, Mr. Murray instructed the homeland safety secretary, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, whose sprawling division contains the Secret Service, that he deliberate to retire and take a job outdoors of presidency, Mr. Murray stated within the letter.
In a joint assertion, President Biden and the primary woman, Jill Biden, expressed appreciation to Mr. Murray. “We are incredibly grateful for his service to our country and our family,” they stated.
The Secret Service has come beneath the highlight in current days after extra particulars emerged about Mr. Trump’s actions on Jan. 6, 2021, when a mob of his supporters attacked the Capitol in an effort to cease the routine technique of certifying the outcomes of the presidential election.
Mr. Trump’s protecting element was with him all through that day. In testimony final week earlier than the House committee investigating the assault, a former White House aide stated she was instructed that Mr. Trump tried to seize the steering wheel of the presidential car and lunged at his lead Secret Service agent after being instructed he couldn’t go to the Capitol.