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Secret Service made to pay up to $1,185 a night for Trump hotel stays, files show

Secret Service made to pay up to $1,185 a night for Trump hotel stays, files show


Secret Service made to pay up to $1,185 a night for Trump hotel stays, files show

The US Secret Service was made to pay as much as $1,185 a night to stay at properties belonging to former president Donald Trump, a congressional committee said on Monday as it released documents that appeared to show the former president profiting from his protection details in and out of office.

All told, the Secret Service, which is mandated by law to protect the president and his family, spent $1.4m at Trump-owned properties in the US, according to records obtained by the Democratic-led House oversight committee as part of its investigation into Trump conflicts of interest.

According to the House committee, between January 2017 and September 2021 there were at least 40 instances where the government paid room fees in excess of normal rates. The charges could be up to three times as much the per diem rate, Maloney wrote in a letter to the Secret Service director, Kimberly Cheatle.

The committee began investigating potential entanglements between Trump businesses and the activities of the president in February 2020.

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