Robert F. Kennedy Jr. once again calls for Secret Service protection and asks the court to issue a restraining order against a man who has already tried to break into his home twice.
Kennedy does for a court-issued restraining order against Jonathan Macht, who was previously identified by police as the intruder in his home.
RFK Jr. made the move Monday, although it is unclear whether a judge has approved the request.
Kennedy Jr., 69, is running as an independent after initially challenging Biden for the Democratic nomination, but he is far behind in the polls.
The son of U.S. Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, who was assassinated in 1968 during his own presidential bid, has previously made pleas for federal protection, but they have not been granted.
Robert F. Kennedy Jr., 69, pleads for Secret Service protection while seeking court-issued restraining order against man who tried to break into his home
Kennedy and his wife, Cheryl Hines, submitted two formal requests for Secret Service protection, but neither was approved
An intruder was arrested twice last week for trying to break into the couple’s LA home
Macht was arrested last month for allegedly trying to gain entry to his home in Brentwood, near Los Angeles.
In the first incident, Macht climbed over the property’s fence and entered the garden before being detained by security staff until police arrived to arrest him.
After his release, Macht went back to RFK Jr.’s home the next day, where he was arrested for a second time.
On both occasions, Macht said he worked with RFK Jr. wanted to speak.
The Kennedy campaign brought Macht to the attention of the Secret Service several times, describing him as an “obsessed” individual.
In turn, the Secret Service determined months ago that Kennedy was “at increased risk”
RFK Jr.’s wife, Cheryl Hines, blasted President Biden for failing to provide her husband with Secret Service protection.
Cheryl Hines, 58, said she believes “it’s a political strategy” not to provide Secret Service protection for her husband, who is running for the 2024 presidential election
Kennedy’s campaign filed another petition for Secret Service protection on Wednesday
The actress and comedian, 58, said further TMZLive that ‘it feels like a political strategy.’
She said the decision suggests the administration is not recognizing Kennedy’s candidacy, despite its “respect for President Biden and the administration.”
In an interview with Fox newsKennedy agreed with his wife that the decision is a “political” move.
“(The offender) wrote me 435 emails over a three-month period, including one last week, saying I was getting a bullet in the head,” he said.
Major party candidates who receive more than 15 percent of the vote and independent candidates who receive more than 20 percent of the vote are eligible for Secret Service protection, according to Title 18 USC 3056(a)(7).
The late Senator Ted Kennedy, the candidate’s uncle, received Secret Service protection 441 days before the 1980 presidential election in which he challenged incumbent Democratic President Jimmy Carter.
Hines said the decision suggests the administration does not recognize Kennedy’s candidacy
Former President Barack Obama received Secret Service protection for racist threats 551 days before the 2008 election as he ran for office in the Democratic primary.
Hines said she saw a strange man being stopped by security in the yard while she was on Instagram Live at the family’s Brentwood property around 9:30 a.m.
“The harrowing event” underscored the need for her husband to get Secret Service protection, said Hines, who has been “rejected twice” by President Biden’s Homeland Security.
“When they offer Bobby protection, they are recognizing that he is running as a political candidate,” she said.
Macht was arrested after climbing a fence to gain access to the Brentwood property – reaching the second floor of the house – before being detained by Kennedy’s private security last Wednesday.
A Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Tour bus was spotted outside a campaign event in Miami, Florida last month
The Kennedy campaign also shared weapons found when law enforcement officers searched the home of Aispuro, who posed as a police officer at the Kennedy campaign event in September.
An image included in a letter Thursday to Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas requesting that Kennedy receive Secret Service protection shows the weapons Adrian Paul Aispuro brought to a Kennedy campaign event in September
After being released from police custody, the man tried to gain access to Kennedy’s property again in an attempt to see and speak to the candidate.
He was subsequently arrested a second time for breach of court order and trespassing.
Kennedy wrote on X (formerly Twitter): “Yesterday an intruder climbed the fence at my house and was arrested.”
“After being released from police custody later that day, he immediately returned to my home and was arrested again,” the post continues.
Kennedy and Hines have submitted two formal requests for Secret Service protection, but Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas has declined to approve either.
“It is disappointing, to say the least, that the government is not providing Bobby with protection,” Hines said in the interview.
“They know what’s happening and they know what happened,” the actress added. “I can’t believe they’re not responding.”
Hines said “it takes a lot of effort” to protect the candidate, but “it’s exactly what the Secret Service should be doing.”
Biden’s security officers stand by as the president pretends to ride a bike last December
President Joe Biden is seen leaving the White House last week with his security detail in tow
Robert F. Kennedy is now running as an independent after initially challenging Biden in the Democratic primaries
Two surveys conducted around the time Kennedy announced his independent bid found him tying the race between Trump and Biden
The same day, Kennedy wrote on
Kennedy’s campaign filed another petition on Wednesday.
His father, Robert F. Kennedy, was killed by a gunman in 1968 while running for president.
Meanwhile, his uncle, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated during his first term in the White House in 1963.
The 2024 campaign had called for Secret Service protection in September after a man was arrested after showing up at a Kennedy campaign event armed with two handguns and posing as a police officer.
Once again, Kennedy’s private security detail arrested the man – 44-year-old Adrian Paul Aispuro.
“While it is a well-known historical fact, in your case it is apparently worth repeating,” Kennedy’s campaign manager, former Rep. Dennis Kucinich, said at the time.
‘Mr. Kennedy’s uncle, President John F. Kennedy, was assassinated. Mr. Kennedy’s father, Senator Robert F. Kennedy, was assassinated while he was a presidential candidate.”