Democrat presidential candidate RFK Jr: Denied Secret Service protection by Biden Administration

"Since the assassination of my father in 1968, candidates for president are provided Secret Service protection.  But not me," Kennedy Jr. wrote on Twitter. 

Published: July 28, 2023 11:41am

Updated: July 28, 2023 11:51am

Robert F. Kennedy Jr. said Friday the Biden administration has denied him as a 2024 presidential candidate Secret Service protection.

"Since the assassination of my father in 1968, candidates for president are provided Secret Service protection.  But not me," tweeted Kennedy, in a long-shot bid to beat President Biden in the Democratic primary.

"Typical turnaround time for pro forma protection requests from presidential candidates is 14-days," he also said. "After 88-days of no response and after several follow-ups by our campaign, the Biden Administration just denied our request."

According to the Secret Service website: federal law authorizes the agency to "provide protection for major presidential and vice presidential candidates."

Some of the factors that determine who are major candidates include whether they are actively campaigning, have had a threat assessment conducted by the agency and have filed the required paperwork with the Federal Election Commission, the website also states. 

However, they do not decide who gets protection based on those determinations.

Kennedy said that Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas told his campaign that he didn't qualify. 

The Secret Service and the Department of Homeland Security have not responded to Just the News for comment at this time. 

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