Vice President's Secret Service Agent Removed After Altercation

 April 27, 2024

Michelle Herczeg, a U.S. Secret Service agent, was removed from duty after a physical altercation with colleagues.

According to Daily Mail, an incident involving Secret Service agent Michelle Herczeg led to her removal from Vice President Kamala Harris' security detail at Joint Base Andrew.

The confrontation occurred Monday morning before Vice President Harris was set to depart for Wisconsin. Herczeg, who was previously a police officer with the Dallas Police Department, exhibited erratic behavior leading up to the incident.

She began by grabbing another agent's phone, where she proceeded to delete several applications. Her actions escalated from there—mumbling incoherently, hiding behind curtains, and hurling objects, including menstrual pads, around the room.

Details Surface About the Incident

In the heat of the altercation, Herczeg tackled a senior agent and began punching him. Despite being armed, her weapon remained holstered throughout the confrontation. Authorities at the base responded by disarming Herczeg. She was then handcuffed and escorted out of the terminal, ensuring the situation was under control.

Anthony Guglielmi, Chief of Communications for the Secret Service, emphasized the agency’s commitment to personnel safety. He stated, “The U.S. Secret Service takes the safety and health of our employees very seriously. As this was a medical matter, we will not disclose any further details.”

During the confrontation, Herczeg was reported to have made alarming remarks to her colleagues. She allegedly told her fellow agents they would "burn in hell and needed to listen to God." This statement has raised concerns about her mental state at the time of the incident.

Concerns Over DEI Policies and Service Suitability

These events bring to light Herczeg's troubled past, including a dismissed lawsuit for gender discrimination she filed against the city of Dallas in 2016. There are now questions within the Secret Service about whether diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) practices influenced the decision to keep Herczeg in her role despite previous concerning behaviors.

A reporter from RealClearPolitics reflected on the situation, suggesting that Herczeg's continued presence on the team might have been a result of these DEI initiatives.

Critics argue that such policies should not override the essential criteria for operational readiness and mental fitness in law enforcement roles.


As the news of this incident spreads, it raises important questions about the balance between inclusive employment practices and the stringent requirements of security roles. Despite the chaos, Vice President Harris' travel plans remained unaffected. She was at the Naval Observatory at the time and proceeded with her scheduled commitments.

The Secret Service is conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. The repercussions of this event might lead to a reevaluation of both security protocols and the oversight of personnel health and behavior in high-security positions.

The altercation at Joint Base Andrew sheds light on the complex interplay of individual rights, mental health, workplace safety, and the critical responsibilities of those tasked with protecting national leaders. Further discussions and possibly policy revisions could be anticipated as the Secret Service and other agencies seek to prevent such occurrences in the future and ensure the unwavering reliability of their operations.

About Victor Winston

Victor is a freelance writer and researcher who focuses on national politics, geopolitics, and economics.

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