Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’ security detail could cost taxpayers a total of nearly $20 million by the next fiscal year.
Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions approved a 24/7 protection for Ms. DeVos from the U.S. Marshals Service in February 2017, just days after she had an incident with protesters at a public school, NBC News reported.
“The order was issued after the Department of Education contacted administration officials regarding threats received by the Secretary of Education,” the Justice Department told NBC in a statement.
The security cost $5.3 million in 2017, $6.8 million in 2018, and an estimated $7.73 million in 2019, though the Marshals said the Education Department reimburses them for the costs, NBC reported.
Department spokeswoman Liz Hill told NBC that the secretary did not request the security detail herself.
“We’re obviously not at liberty to discuss the nature of the threats,” Ms. Hill said. “But it should be obvious that they are significant. Otherwise, the trained professionals who made the call to escalate her detail wouldn’t have done so.”
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