Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenThe Hill’s Morning Report – Trump shifts his tone on coronavirusVoters to head to primary polls despite coronavirus pandemicHillicon Valley: HHS hit by cyberattack amid coronavirus outbreak | Senators urge FCC to shore up internet access for students | Sanders ramps up Facebook ad spending | Dems ask DHS to delay Real ID deadlineMORE has reportedly started receiving Secret Service protection.
A spokesperson for the Secret Service confirmed that Biden has been authorized to receive protection in a statement to CNN.
“The U.S. Secret Service can confirm Acting Secretary of Homeland Security, Chad F. Wolf, along with the Congressional Advisory Committee has authorized that the Secret Service provide physical protection for presidential candidate, former vice president Joseph Biden,” a Secret Service spokesperson told CNN in a statement. “As a matter of practice and for operational security reasons, the Secret Service does not discuss our protectees, protective means, methods and or protective responsibilities.”
A Secret Service spokesperson was not immediately available for comment when contacted by The Hill.
Bidens detail began this week, CNN and NBC News reported.
Bidens code name will be Celtic, CNN reported citing two sources familiar with the matter. Its the same code name Biden had when he served as vice president.
Bidens press secretary TJ Ducklo said the campaign does not comment on security measures.
The Secret Service protection follows a high profile protest of Bidens rally earlier this month in Los Angeles on Super Tuesday. Two animal rights protestors stormed the stage.
The activists previously told The Hill the security wasnt tight and there was easy access to get to Biden.
At the time, a spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said the department had not received a recommendation from Congress to provide Secret Service protection for any candidate.
Bidens campaign submitted its formal request for Secret Service protection last week, a congressional official told CNN.
To receive protection, a candidate can submit a letter to request protection to Congress. The Congressional Protection Advisory Committee submits a recommendation to DHS.
The security updates come as Biden and his opponent Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s Morning Report – Trump shifts his tone on coronavirusVoters to head to primary polls despite coronavirus pandemicHillicon Valley: HHS hit by cyberattack amid coronavirus outbreak | Senators urge FCC to shore up internet access for students | Sanders ramps up Facebook ad spending | Dems ask DHS to delay Real ID deadlineMORE (I-Vt.) have had to halt their traditional campaigning amid the coronavirus outbreak. Both candidates have cancelled rallies, opting instead for virtual rallies that limit the large crowds health experts have recommended against as the pandemic presses on.