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Secret Service making changes to presidential detail amid concerns current members are aligned with Trump: report


The #Secret #Service is planning to add a number of agents that previously worked with #President-elect #Biden when he served as vice president to his presidential detail in the coming weeks, The #Washington #Post reported.

#While it’s not unusual for staffing changes to be made to the presidential detail when a new administration assumes office, the new moves come as allies of the incoming president have expressed concerns about how some agents may align with #President #Trump#Donald #TrumpGeorgia signature audit finds no fraud in presidential election #Pompeo calls for release of #Chinese journalist jailed over coronavirus coverage #Pence refused to sign on to plan to overturn election, lawyers say MORE, the #Post noted.

The #Secret #Service has faced scrutiny in recent months following reports that some agents were told by members of the presidential detail to forgo masks when around #Trump. The office also attracted attention in the past year after it allowed #Anthony #Ornato, who previously headed up the current administration’s detail, to serve as a political adviser in the #White #House.

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#In a statement to the #Post, #Catherine #Milhoan, a spokeswoman for the agency, said the office “remains steadfastly dedicated to a standard of excellence in those operations, wholly apolitically and unaffiliated with the political parties of protectees.”

“As a matter of practice and due to operational security, the agency does not comment on protective operations inclusive of internal decisions on agency assignments,” she added.

The #Hill has also reached out to the #Secret #Service for comment.

#According to the #Post, #Darryl #Volpicelli and #Brian #McDonough are among the supervisory agents that served in the previous administration that are expected to soon be added to #Biden’s detail. #Volpicelli will reportedly serve as second-in-command the team and #McDonough we be a senior detail supervisor.

#David #Cho, who helped lead the protective detail during the current administration, will also reportedly help lead the presidential detail for the incoming administration.

A former #Secret #Service executive told the #Post it’s “smart to give the incoming president the comfort of the familiar.”

“You want him to be with people he knows and trusts, and who also know how he operates,” they added.

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https://thehill.com/homenews/administration/532177-secret-service-making-changes-to-presidential-detail-amid-concerns

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