Acting Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy prepares to testify before a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Nov. 19, 2014
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December 12, 2014 4:15 PM EST

The new leader of the Secret Service says the agency wants to earn back Americans’ trust.

In his first television interview since becoming acting director, Joseph Clancy told “NBC Nightly News” anchor Brian Williams that scandals and security lapses, including a breach of the White House by a knife-wielding intruder, have shaken confidence in the agency.

“We know we’ve lost that trust,” he said. “But we’ve got a good model. We’ve got a good foundation. Give us some time to earn that trust back and prove ourselves.”

Director Julia Pierson resigned under pressure Oct. 1…

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