The Secret Service often needs to rent properties near the dignitaries they protect.
However, the cost of housing Hunter Biden’s Secret Service detail raises eyebrows. Several Republican lawmakers are blasting the first son’s Secret Service detail after it was revealed that it was shelling out $30,000 per month for rent on a mansion in Malibu.
The mansion located near Biden’s $20,000 per month mansion where he has been living.
The Secret Service frequently rents properties as part of security operations near people it is charged with protecting. The situation is not unprecedented.
However, the high monthly cost has stunned lawmakers.
“Secret Service paying over $30K per month for Malibu mansion to protect Hunter Biden. The luxury rental property has ‘gorgeous ocean views,’ according to its listing,” tweeted Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks of Indiana.
According to California Republican Representative Darrell Issa, “Looks like the cost of protecting Hunter is being shared by Bid Tech, the mainstream media…and now the taxpayers as well.”
According to a report from ABC News, the property was chosen by the Secret Service for its location near the younger Biden’s Malibu mansion.
The revelation on the cost of Hunter Biden’s protection comes amidst the ongoing probe into his business dealings and taxes.
Investigations ramping up
According to reports, the Secret Service agents have been living in the mansion for nearly a year.
A listing for the mansion is described as an “enchanting Spanish-style estate” with “gorgeous ocean views.” The six-bathroom, the six-bedroom mansion has lush amenities, including a pool, tasting room, spa, built-in barbecue, a gym, guest house, and a “castle-like tower.”
According to an online real estate tracking website, the security detail’s rented mansion sold for more than $4 million in 2020.
According to a recent Wall Street Journal report, the federal tax investigation into Hunter Biden’s foreign business dealings is ramping up.
The investigation focuses on payments Hunter Biden received from the Ukrainian gas company, Burisma, business dealings and payments from China National Offshore Oil Corporation, and other interactions.
The younger Biden was paid tens of thousands of dollars a month when his father was vice president to serve on the Burisma board, despite having no experience in the energy field.