Secret Service paying over $30K a month for Malibu home to provide security for Hunter Biden

Retired Secret Service agent said the arrangement is "the cost of doing business."

Updated: April 4, 2022 - 12:19pm

The Secret Service is paying  over $30,000 a month to rent a Malibu mansion to provide security for President Biden's son Hunter Biden, according to a news report Monday.

The agency tasked with protecting the president and his family have been renting the house close Hunter's close to $20,000 a month Malibu property for close to a year, according to ABC News.

Don Mihalek, a current ABC News contributor and former senior Secret Service agent, said that the exorbitant rental figure is merely "the cost of doing business for the Secret Service."

"Typically, wherever a protectee sets up their residence, the Secret Service is forced to find someplace to rent nearby at market value," he said. "This isn't new. he Service has had to do this in past administrations, and unfortunately, the housing market right now has driven the prices up substantially."

The Secret Service commented that "Due to the need to maintain operational security, the U.S. Secret Service does not comment on the means, methods, or resources used to conduct our protective operations."

The Secret Service is responsible for protecting the president, his family, and anyone else the president selects for protection.