VIDEO: Sercet Service Chief Resigns Amid Security Failures

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned Wednesday, after a security breach at the White House and other high-profile incidents raised widespread concerns about the safety of the president and his family. 

Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson announced the resignation in a written statement, and the White House confirmed her decision shortly afterward. President Obama "concluded new leadership of that agency was required," White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest said. 

Johnson said: "Today Julia Pierson, the Director of the United States Secret Service, offered her resignation, and I accepted it. I salute her 30 years of distinguished service to the Secret Service and the Nation." 

A source familiar with the situation told Fox News that Johnson told Pierson the resignation would be effective immediately, after she offered.

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