A letter obtained by Deseret News indicates that United States Secret Service (USSS) protection was denied to independent presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. for the third time.
Friday, Kennedy’s campaign verified the letter’s veracity, which purportedly indicated that Alejandro Mayorkas, the secretary of the department of homeland, had authorized the denial of Kennedy’s request.
According to the letter, Mayorkas purportedly asserted that Kennedy did not “erroneously merit” the protection provided by the USSS, “on the basis of the facts” and the advisory committee’s recommendation.
Three times since the inception of his presidential campaign, the Biden administration has denied Kennedy protection.
According to the 2024 USSS candidate protection article on the agency’s website, federal law permits all “major” presidential candidates to be granted protection, although the Secret Service does not exercise authority over eligibility determination.
Kennedy has previously expressed his belief that the U.S. government had a hand in the assassination of his father Robert Kennedy.