Police report: Man arrested after claiming bomb at White House gates

Members of the Secret Service Uniformed Divison patrol alongside the security fence around the perimeter of the White House in Washington on Saturday. — AFP

Members of the Secret Service Uniformed Divison patrol alongside the security fence around the perimeter of the White House in Washington on Saturday. — AFP

Standard practice in dealing with White House intruders is for security to hand them over to the local police department, as happened in this case.

A man has been detained after jumping over a bike rack barrier by the White House.

Lawmakers eyeing major changes to Secret Service Chaffetz: White House intruder close enough to "rattle the door handle" McMullin open to challenging Chaffetz or Hatch in 2018 MORE (R-Utah) on Monday said lawmakers are considering "major structural changes" to the Secret Service after a string of intrusion attempts at the White House.

The vehicle was stopped Saturday around 11:00 p.m. about a quarter-mile from the White House.

Republican President Donald Trump wasn't at the White House because he and his family are spending the weekend at his resort in Palm Beach, Fla.

No evidence of collusion between Trump campaign, Russia: Intelligence Committee chief
GCHQ vigorously denied the charges in a rare public statement, saying the report was "utterly ridiculous and should be ignored". Comey said Moscow had always been opposed to Trump's election rival, former secretary of state Clinton. 'I expect that he will.

The police said Sean Patrick Keoughan, 29, of Roanoke was charged with false bomb threats, as well as unauthorized use of a vehicle. "Great response by @SecretService", he tweeted. Trump was inside the residence at the time.

"That's why we spend billions of dollars on personnel and dogs and technologies and fences and undercover people and video surveillance", Mr Chaffetz said.

The Secret Service described it as an "ongoing criminal investigation".

The incident occurred eight days after a California man carrying Mace breached the perimeter of the executive complex on the night of March 10, roaming the White House grounds for almost 17 minutes before being taken into custody, according to officials.

CNN reported that two law enforcement officials told the news outlet that the driver claimed to have a bomb in the vehicle, but there was no confirmation of any device.

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