Democratic congressman attempts to remove Trump's Secret Service protection

 April 20, 2024

This week saw a jury selected in former President Donald Trump's hush-money case, which is one of four criminal prosecutions that he is facing.

In response, one member of Congress wants to have Trump's Secret Service protection removed should he be convicted in any of them. 

Law would strip security detail following felony conviction

According to Breitbart, the push is coming from Mississippi Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, who previously chaired the since-disbanded January 6 Select Committee.

He has introduced a piece of legislation known as the Denying Infinite Security and Government Resources Allocated toward Convicted and Extremely Dishonorable Former Protectees (DISGRACED) Act.

Under its provisions, Secret Service protection would be withdrawn "for any person upon sentencing following conviction for a Federal or State offense that is punishable for a term of imprisonment of at least one year."

Thompson maintains that such a law "would remove the potential for conflicting lines of authority within prisons and allow judges to weigh the sentencing of individuals without having to factor in the logistical concerns of convicts with Secret Service protection."

Thompson says law would keep Trump from getting "special treatment"

Thompson further touted his bill in a statement posted to social media by the House Homeland Security Committee's Democratic members.

"Unfortunately, current law doesn't anticipate how Secret Service protection would impact the felony prison sentence of a protectee-even a former President," Johnson lamented.

"It is regrettable that it has come to this, but this previously unthought-of scenario could become our reality," the Mississippi congressman continued.

"Therefore, it is necessary for us to be prepared and update the law so the American people can be assured that protective status does not translate into special treatment-and that those who are sentenced to prison will indeed serve the time required of them," he concluded.

Journalist: Act "would make it easier for someone to kill Trump"

However, Washington Examiner chief political correspondent Byron York suggested in a post of his own that the bill appears to be an effort to endanger Trump's life.

"Thompson wants to take away Trump’s Secret Service protection if Trump is convicted on any of the 88 felony charges  leveled against him by elected Democratic prosecutors and a Biden Justice Department appointee," York wrote.

"Obvious subtext here is that removing USSS would make it easier for someone to kill Trump, which is arguably the goal of Thompson’s bill, H.R. 8081: The DISGRACED Former Protectees Act," he stressed.

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