WASHINGTON, June 16 (UPI) -- It took less than a week for U.S Homeland Security officials to approve Barack Obama's request for secret service protection, government documents reveal.
The assignment of Secret Service protection to the Democratic presidential contender was the earliest ever for a presidential candidate, The Hill reported Monday.
The documents, obtained by The Hill through a Freedom of Information Act request, show the Democratic Illinois senator's request for Secret Service protection was approved six days after his campaign manager, David Plouffe, sent a formal request to the department.
Plouffe's April 27, 2007, letter stated that a committee including top officials from both parties in the Senate and House of Representatives had declared Obama was a major presidential candidate, and was therefore eligible for Secret Service protection, The Hill reported.
U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff sent a memo May 3, 2007, to Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan instructing him to provide Obama with protection.