Republicans Call Out The Secret Service

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( – On Thursday, the Republican National Committee (RNC) sent another letter to the director of the Secret Service, Kimberly Cheatle, demanding she take “personal and immediate steps” to fix a “flaw” in the agency’s security plan for the Convention.

The issue the RNC has with Cheatle’s plans is how close the protest zone is to Fiserv Forum, where the Convention will be held.

Todd Steggerda, counsel for the RNC, sent the letter to Cheatle requesting she take action to “alleviate these risks.”

Steggerda highlighted that there was a two-month window before the Convention, meaning the Secret Service had less time to finalize its security plan. He added that Cheatle must take “personal and immediate steps” to resolve the “unacceptable flaw” with the Security Perimeter.

Thursday’s letter is the third the RNC has sent to the Secret Service.

According to reports by Politico, Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (Kentucky) also sent Cheatle a letter.

The reports also detail that House Speaker Mike Johnson (Louisiana) and Republican Senator Rick Scott (Florida) had spoken to the agency.

Although Republicans have shared their frustrations about the plans, the Secret Service has defended its plans by stating its confidence in the plan.

Anthony Guglielmi, Chief of Communications for the Secret Service, released a statement, sharing that the agency is “confident in the security plan” and would continue working with local, state, and federal partners to guarantee the event is secure and safe.

Guglielmi also suggested that if anyone was compromising security, it was the RNC as they had publicly disclosed security information, which “undermines” the agency’s ability to maintain the security plan’s integrity.

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