Biden Team To Hire Familiar Secret Service Agents

Written by Carmine Sabia

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Former Vice President Joe Biden, who has been declared the president-elect, and Democrats have, for four years, told everyone that we have to trust our institutions. But it appears that they do not practice what they preach.

The former vice president is adding his own security detail to the Secret Service protection he receives because he does not believe the agents will protect him the same way they protect President Donald Trump, Fox News reported.

The U.S. Secret Service is reportedly bringing back agents who previously served on President-elect Joe Biden’s detail after his campaign raised concerns that certain agents already in place were politically aligned with President Trump. 

A spokesperson for Biden told Fox News the transition team had “no comment” on the matter, but the Washington Post reported that at least two members of Biden’s security detail when he was vice-president will be returning to head the new team. 

Those from Biden’s old crew include Darryl Volpicelli, who will become the second-in-command for Biden’s security detail, and Brian McDonough, who will become a senior detail supervisor, sources told The Post.

In addition, David Cho, the current second-in-command of the protective detail for Trump, will be named the new special agent in charge for Biden’s detail, the source said. 

Security reassignments aren’t uncommon for the department, and agents are expected to provide protection notwithstanding their political opinions, a federal law enforcement agent told Fox News. 

The Secret Service has been criticized as of late for allowing on of its former detail leaders, Anthony Ornato, to join the White House as a deputy chief of staff to President Trump.

Catherine Milhoan, a spokeswoman for the Secret Service declined to comment on the Ornato situation or to the staffing changes but insisted that the Secret abides by its apolitical mission.

“The U.S. Secret Service is uniquely authorized to provide protection to designated U.S. and other world leaders and remains steadfastly dedicated to a standard of excellence in those operations, wholly apolitically and unaffiliated with the political parties of protectees,” she said. “As a matter of practice and due to operational security, the agency does not comment on protective operations inclusive of internal decisions on agency assignments. ”

As for Biden, agents who worked for Biden and his wife Jill Biden will be added to his security detail.

The agents include “Darryl Volpicelli, who will become the second-in-command of President Biden’s detail, and Brian McDonough, who will become a senior detail supervisor, according to the people familiar with the changes,” the Washington Post reported.

“The Secret Service also plans to name a new special agent to lead the Biden presidential detail, David Cho, according to the people familiar with the changes. Known as a perfectionist supervisor, he had risen to become the second-in-command of the protective detail during the Trump administration,” The Post said.

“That is smart to give the incoming president the comfort of the familiar,” a former Secret Service executive, who spoke to The Washington Post on the condition of anonymity. “You want him to be with people he knows and trusts, and who also know how he operates.”