Carson and Trump Campaigns Request Secret Service Protection

Ben Carson's and Donald Trump's campaigns have both asked for Secret Service protection, the Department of Homeland Security confirmed to NBC News. 

"The Department of Homeland Security has now received official requests for Secret Service protection from both the Carson and Trump campaigns and has taken them under review pursuant to the statutorily required process," DHS Assistant Secretary (Acting) for Public Affairs Todd Breasseale said in a statement.

The final decision as to whether those requests will be granted remains up to a congressional advisory committee, which includes the Speaker of the House, House Minority Leader, Senate Majority Leader, Senate Minority Leader, and one additional member.

Carson's campaign wouldn't comment on the request, with a spokeswoman saying only "we don't discuss security issues," but a source told Newsmax, which first reported the possible Secret Service deployment, that threats against Carson have been "off the charts."

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