An armed guard who rode on an elevator with President Barack Obama and his aides at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta was not a convicted felon, as previously reported by the Washington Post.
The Post clarified Saturday, according to two people briefed on the September incident, that the unidentified private security contractor only had a criminal record.
Secret Service agents questioned the man after he drew attention by recording images of the president with a camera in the elevator. Officials then ran a background check that revealed prior arrests in his history.
The change is significant because one day after the Post and the Washington Examiner published reports on the incident on September 30, Secret Service director Julia Pierson resigned. The story was one more embarrassment for the embattled agency, which was already facing the ire of Congress after a man managed to hop a fence and enter the White House.