Congress had to double its budget to cover Mike Pompeo's security detail: report

Congress had to double its budget to cover Mike Pompeo's security detail: report
Former United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in 2019 (Wikimedia Commons).

Former United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's personal security detail has cost American taxpayers millions of dollars in the two years since his incumbency ended at the conclusion of Donald Trump's presidency.

"Pompeo continues to receive 24-hour security following what the State Department says is a credible threat against him, costing taxpayers an unprecedented amount of money," according to a NewsNation report published on Wednesday. Its "investigation found that it isn’t necessarily the threat against Pompeo that’s costing taxpayers, however.

Pompeo, NewsNation explained, "also maintains a busy schedule of non-essential travel, including trips that his own security has warned him not to take."

READ MORE: Donald Trump was warned that his Cabinet considered invoking the 25th Amendment: Cassidy Hutchinson

Although it is typical for ex-Cabinet officials to receive protection upon returning to civilian life, Pompeo's is enhanced "because he still faces a credible threat from Iran in connection with his role in the assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani in 2020," NewsNation learned.

But unlike most of his predecessors or contemporaries, Pompeo is driving up expenses "because he’s ignoring the advice of his security and ultimately costing taxpayers."

The figures that NewsNation uncovered are significant.

"The cost of protecting Pompeo and one of his aides ballooned in 2021 from nearly $700,000 to more than $2 million each month. About 90% of those public dollars go to Pompeo’s security," NewsNation found. "That $2 million mostly covers 'vehicle and travel costs for Pompeo’s security agents and his own extensive travel for paid speeches and public events,' according to the documents obtained by NewsNation."

READ MORE: More than 15 Republicans are testing the waters for 2024 -- 'even if Trump runs': report

NewsNation noted that Pompeo, who prior to serving in the State Department was a Republican Congressman from Kansas and then director of the Central Intelligence Agency, rakes in at least $100,000 for each appearance. Pompeo is also rumored to be building up his brand for a possible presidential run in 2024.

NewsNation also revealed that Pompeo's bills prompted Congress to" double" the discretionary spending that funds ex-officials' personal protective units.

"Before this year, Congress limited how much it spent on security for former state department officials to $15 million annually," NewsNation wrote. "After Pompeo’s detail nearly doubled that amount, Congress rewrote its budget, this year providing as much as $30 million."

The story continues here.

READ MORE: Watch: Mike Pompeo faces Twitter backlash for epic 'Freudian slip' on Fox News

Understand the importance of honest news ?

So do we.

The past year has been the most arduous of our lives. The Covid-19 pandemic continues to be catastrophic not only to our health - mental and physical - but also to the stability of millions of people. For all of us independent news organizations, it’s no exception.

We’ve covered everything thrown at us this past year and will continue to do so with your support. We’ve always understood the importance of calling out corruption, regardless of political affiliation.

We need your support in this difficult time. Every reader contribution, no matter the amount, makes a difference in allowing our newsroom to bring you the stories that matter, at a time when being informed is more important than ever. Invest with us.

Make a one-time contribution to Alternet All Access, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you.

Click to donate by check.

DonateDonate by credit card
Donate by Paypal
{{ }}
@2022 - AlterNet Media Inc. All Rights Reserved. - "Poynter" fonts provided by