James Murray, Secret Service Director, to Step Down and Be part of Snap

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 US.

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 became 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.

“Becoming a member of the Secret Service was the best determination I’ve ever made,” Mr. Murray wrote in a letter to company workers on Thursday. “Deciding it’s time to transfer on, nonetheless, has been one of the vital tough.”

In April, Mr. Murray advised the homeland safety secretary, Alejandro N. Mayorkas, whose sprawling division contains the Secret Service, that he deliberate to retire and take a job exterior of presidency, Mr. Murray stated within the letter.

In a joint assertion, President Biden and the primary girl, Jill Biden, expressed appreciation to Mr. Murray. “We’re extremely grateful for his service to our nation and our household,” they stated.

The Secret Service has come underneath the highlight in latest days after more details 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 means of certifying the outcomes of the presidential election.

Mr. Trump’s protecting element was with him all through that day. In testimony last week earlier than the Home committee investigating the assault, a former White Home aide stated she was advised that Mr. Trump tried to seize the steering wheel of the presidential automobile and lunged at his lead Secret Service agent after being advised he couldn’t go to the Capitol.

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