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Trump could be denied Secret Service protection under new Democratic law

A Democratic lawmaker is pushing a bill that could strip Secret Service protections granted to former President Donald Trump if he is convicted in any of the pending cases.

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), former chairman of the now-defunct Jan. 6 Committee, introduced H.R. 8081, or the DISGRACED Former Protectees Act, on Friday. The bill seeks to end the Secret Service protections afforded to individuals once convicted following a conviction “for a federal or state crime punishable by imprisonment for not less than one year.” This measure “would apply to former President Trump,” a fact sheet of the bill admitted.

President Trump is currently involved in four criminal cases. With the exception of the “hush money” case, it is unclear whether any of the other three will face trial before the 2024 elections in November.

If the DISGRACED Former Protectees Act were to pass and President Trump is convicted in the “hush money” trial, the former president could potentially see the federal government revoke the United States Secret Service (USSS) protection granted to him.

Under current law, USSS protection is granted to certain current and former high-ranking officials and their immediate families. It does not detail how such protection would take place, “or whether it should happen” if the protected person is sentenced to prison following a conviction, the Fact Sheet said.

As such, the current law “poses logistical problems for both the Secret Service and prison authorities at the federal and state levels.”

H.R. 8081 would eliminate such conflicting lines of authority within prisons. “The purpose of this bill is to transfer the protection of prisoners to the relevant prison authorities, rather than involving the Secret Service.”

“Former President Donald J. Trump’s unprecedented 91 indictments in federal and state courts across the country have created a new urgency that Congress must meet to ensure that Secret Service protections do not interfere with criminal proceedings and the administration of justice. ”

Byron York, chief political correspondent at the Washington Examiner, accused the bill of attempting to assassinate President Trump.

“Thompson wants to remove Trump’s Secret Service protections if Trump is convicted on any of the 88 charges against him by elected Democratic prosecutors and a Biden Justice Department appointee,” he said. said in an X-post dated April 20.

“The obvious subtext here is that removing USSS would make it easier for someone to assassinate Trump, which may be the goal of Thompson’s bill, HR 8081.”

Tom Fitton, president of the conservative foundation Judicial Watch, echoed similar concerns. “House Democrats are trying to ensure Trump is assassinated by removing his Secret Service protection?” he said in an April 20 X after.

Ryan Fournier, president of the group Students for Trump, said“They are literally trying to remove Trump’s Secret Service protections under a new bill. If this happens, and something happens to him, there will be BLOOD on your hands. And we will not let that go.”

The Trump Trial

The bill comes as opening arguments for President Trump’s “hush money” trial begin next Monday. A full jury and alternate jurors were selected for the case on Friday. President Trump faces 34 charges in the case, with each charge carrying a maximum prison sentence of four years.

In the case, President Trump is alleged to have falsified his business records because he had funneled money to his former lawyer Michael Cohen.

The money is said to have been given to Mr. Cohen to pay hush money to bury controversial stories about the former president. The focus of the case is on a $130,000 payment made by Mr. Cohen to adult actress Stormy Daniels.

The payment was said to have been made to prevent Ms Daniels from publicly revealing during the 2016 campaign that she had an affair with the former president in the mid-2000s. President Trump has denied the accusation.

The case will be presided over by Judge Juan Merchan. In an April 20 post to Truth Social, President Trump accused Judge Merchan of “setting me up,” at breakneck speed, to fully satisfy his “friends.” Furthermore, he has silenced me so I can’t talk about the most important issues, including his totally disqualifying conflict of interest and taking away my constitutional right to free speech. “

Before the trial in Manhattan, Judge Merchan issued a gag order banning President Trump from talking about witnesses and jurors. The order was later expanded to prohibit President Trump from commenting on Judge Merchan’s family members.

The expansion came after the former president pointed out that the judge’s daughter was a political consultant for the Democratic Party.

“Almost every legal scholar and expert has stated that there is ‘NO CASE’ that this is a SCAM caused by a corrupt district attorney, Alvin Bragg, who has allowed violent crime to flourish in New York at a level never seen before has been seen before,” the president said. Trump said this in his Truth Social post.

Mr. Bragg “is working with Crooked Joe Biden’s DOJ TO HARM HIS POLITICAL OPPONENTS, ME. THIS IS ELECTION INVESTMENT AT A LEVEL NEVER BEFORE SEEN IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.”

While the trial is underway, President Trump must appear in court every day or risk arrest. President Trump has said he plans to testify even though there is no legal obligation to do so.

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