“The Secret Service team protecting the president’s controversial son, Hunter Biden, has been paying more than $30,000 a month to rent a luxury mansion in Malibu, California, for nearly a year,” reported ABC News on Monday.
The source explained to the media that the agency responsible for protecting the president and his family selected the property to locate it as close as possible to Biden’s rented mansion, where he pays at least $20,000 per month.
Meanwhile, retired Secret Service agent Don Mihalek, who now works for ABC News, explained that this would be “the cost of doing business for the Secret Service.” He added that “according to federal law, the agency has the responsibility to protect the president, his family, and anyone else the president designates for protection.”
“Normally, wherever a protégé sets up residence, the Secret Service is forced to find a nearby place to rent at market rate,” Mihalek said.
In addition, the media outlet indicated that “a White House official referred ABC News to the Secret Service for comment. When asked about the cost of protection, a Secret Service representative would only say, ‘Due to the need to maintain operational security, the Secret Service does not comment on the means, methods or resources used to conduct our protective operations.'”