Representative Elijah Cummings (D-MD), ranking member of the House Oversight Committee, told Face the Nation that an overwhelming majority of African Americans he’s spoken to fear the Secret Service has fallen down on protecting President Barack Obama because of his race, something Cummings said he didn’t personally believe.
“Eighty-five percent of all African-Americans that come to me mention [this fear], and I don’t agree with it,” said Cummings, who was vocal about the need for former Director Julia Pierson to resign.
“We have information that this goes all the way back to the Bush administration, a lot of the problems that we’re talking about now. It’s just that they’re coming to light. So a lot of these things existed before President Obama.”
“The president’s people have told me that he feels very comfortable,” Cummings said. “He feels good about it, and most importantly the First Lady feels good about it.”