Bill Proposes Ending Secret Service Protection for Donald Trump

New legislation could redefine security norms for ex-presidents

by Zain ul Abedin
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Bill Proposes Ending Secret Service Protection for Donald Trump
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In a notable move within the U.S. House of Representatives, Mississippi Democrat Bennie Thompson has introduced legislation aimed at withdrawing Secret Service protection from convicted felons, with a pointed reference to former President Donald Trump.

The legislation, known as the Denying Infinite Security and Government Resources Allocated toward Convicted and Extremely Dishonorable Former Protectees Act - or the DISGRACED Act - targets individuals convicted of state or local felonies with sentences of at least one year.

The introduction of this bill comes at a critical time as Trump faces his first of four criminal trials. These trials involve allegations of hush money payments and falsification of records before the 2016 presidential election.

Should Trump be convicted, this legislation would directly impact his entitlement to Secret Service protection. A spokesperson from Thompson's office emphasized the bill’s broad scope, asserting that it would apply to any felon eligible for Secret Service protection, ensuring that no individual receives preferential treatment, including former presidents.

Reevaluating Secret Service Rules

Thompson, the ranking member of the House Committee on Homeland Security, highlighted a gap in current legislation that does not address whether individuals like Trump - who might soon face incarceration - should continue to receive Secret Service protection.

He argued that this oversight could hinder justice and create logistical challenges for both the Secret Service and prison authorities at federal and state levels. Since 1965, U.S. law has granted lifetime Secret Service protection to former presidents and their spouses, a mandate that was enacted to ensure their safety following their tenure in office.

Protection is also provided to major presidential and vice presidential candidates in the months leading up to a general election. Thompson’s bill seeks to clarify and streamline the protocols around such protection, especially in cases where it could conflict with penal authority or influence judicial decisions regarding sentencing.

This legislative proposal also comes amid controversies involving independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who has repeatedly been denied Secret Service protection. Kennedy, son of the assassinated Senator Robert F.

Kennedy, has criticized these denials as politically motivated, pointing to systemic biases within federal security provisions.

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