Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

BumRushDaShow

(130,836 posts)
Tue Feb 27, 2024, 04:47 PM Feb 2024

Secret Service paid over $12 million for a year's protection of 2 Trump advisers from potential Iranian threats

Source: CBS News

February 27, 2024 / 11:07 AM EST


John Bolton and Robert O'Brien, two former national security advisers who served in the Trump administration, required ongoing U.S. Secret Service protection long after they left their positions due to potential threats from Iran. Newly released documents reveal the cost to taxpayers of that security. For nearly one year of protection, the total for both individuals was $12,280,324.

The cost of the security details was disclosed in a series of Department of Homeland Security reports to Congress, signed by DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas. The reports were obtained by "60 Minutes" through a Freedom of Information Act request with the U.S. Secret Service, as part of a report about Iran's escalating threats against former Trump officials.

While the Homeland Security reports do not mention Iran by name, "60 Minutes" has independently verified that Bolton and O'Brien were receiving protection due to possible threats from the regime. The DHS documents disclose the protection for both men involves dedicated special agents, 24 hours a day, covering their homes and offices, as well as domestic and foreign travel. Officials like Bolton and O'Brien do not typically receive this level of protection once they leave office, and not for as long as both have been receiving it.

Bolton received no protection initially after he left the White House. He started getting protection in December 2021, when the Iranian threat to his life came to light. According to the documents, former President Donald Trump, upon his departure from office, directed the Secret Service to provide protection for O'Brien. For the period ending Sept. 30, 2021, that cost $1,928,922. The documents reveal President Biden then directed the U.S. Secret Service to extend both men's protection. The documents shed some light on a topic that remains largely out of public view: the financial toll of protecting American decisionmakers from foreign governments' transnational aggression.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/secret-service-paid-over-12-million-for-a-years-protection-of-2-trump-advisers-from-potential-iranian-threats/

13 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
Secret Service paid over $12 million for a year's protection of 2 Trump advisers from potential Iranian threats (Original Post) BumRushDaShow Feb 2024 OP
No. TAXPAYERS paid over $12 million for that. n/t CousinIT Feb 2024 #1
My thought has always been LastLiberal in PalmSprings Feb 2024 #5
$10 watered down glasses of soda or bottled Trump water. tanyev Feb 2024 #6
If he shaved off his moustache nobody would recognize him. Harker Feb 2024 #2
That was my first thought SouthernDem4ever Feb 2024 #7
There has to be a huge backlog... Harker Feb 2024 #8
Put him in a memory care unit behind locked doors and it will be slightly less expensive. Hope22 Feb 28 #11
Why didn't Bolton write another book to pay for his security detail ? magicarpet Feb 2024 #3
Terrorism works in many ways. Turbineguy Feb 2024 #4
am I rooting for Iran on this one now? hmmmmm.....gotta think about this one..... ZonkerHarris Feb 2024 #9
Probably Hieronymus Phact Feb 28 #10
"Possible threats".... SergeStorms Feb 28 #12
$6 million per Roy Rolling Feb 28 #13
5. My thought has always been
Tue Feb 27, 2024, 05:30 PM
Feb 2024

How much of the money protecting TFG goes directly into his pockets?

How many rooms at an ultra-premium rate at Mar--A-Lego is the Secret Service paying for each month? How many over-priced meals are charged to the SS because he can't be left alone? Golf cart rentals? Seats for agents on T***p's private plane as it flies from rally to rally (billed as first class even though they're coach)?

And then there's Melania...

Harker

(14,168 posts)
2. If he shaved off his moustache nobody would recognize him.
Tue Feb 27, 2024, 05:02 PM
Feb 2024

Former Trumpsky staff who are critical of him also need protection from his MAGA goons.

Hope22

(1,955 posts)
11. Put him in a memory care unit behind locked doors and it will be slightly less expensive.
Wed Feb 28, 2024, 08:20 AM
Feb 28

When people complain about the bill it will finally shed some light on a huge problem in this country that affects so many families here.

magicarpet

(14,390 posts)
3. Why didn't Bolton write another book to pay for his security detail ?
Tue Feb 27, 2024, 05:10 PM
Feb 2024

He made numerous observations about the trDUMP admin. But never shared the info with the American public until he got his book contract and his hefty payment to reveal secrets about team trDump and his failures as president in his published book.

By the time Bolton's book was finally printed it was too late to impact the myriad failures of team trDump during his two impeachments in the House.

Turbineguy

(37,484 posts)
4. Terrorism works in many ways.
Tue Feb 27, 2024, 05:13 PM
Feb 2024

If you can make your target spend huge amounts of money, you don't have to blow anything up.

No, not you Iran, I mean trump and his cronies.

SergeStorms

(19,208 posts)
12. "Possible threats"....
Wed Feb 28, 2024, 09:24 AM
Feb 28

not actual threats? $12.25 million for "possible threats?" 🙄

"An ounce of prevention," and all that.......I guess.

Latest Discussions»Latest Breaking News»Secret Service paid over ...