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The Washington Post's April 23, 2022 Meadows was warned of violence ahead of Jan. 6, new court filings show includes:

One of Meadows’s top aides, Cassidy Hutchinson, told congressional investigators that she recalled Anthony Ornato, a senior Secret Service official who also held the role of a political adviser at the White House, “coming in and saying that we had intel reports saying that there could potentially be violence on the 6th. And Mr. Meadows said: All right. Let’s talk about it.”

Somehow "a senior Secret Service official who also held the role of a political adviser" seems strange to me; for example Wikipedia's United States Secret Service; Primary missions lists Protective and Investigative missions (and there are several things they investigate besides protective issues) but nothing about providing political advice.

So I'd like to ask:

Question: Is it unusual for a US Secret Service official to serve as "a political adviser at the White House" as the Washington Post article seems to suggest?

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  • there are no secret-service, federal-agency or other tags that seem to apply, but I welcome suggestions!
    – uhoh
    Apr 23 at 7:54
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    Are you sure he did this simultaneously? His official government biography doesn't give dates but suggests that he's held a series of positions rather than holding all at once.
    – Stuart F
    Apr 23 at 11:48
  • Concerning tags, White House Deputy Chief of Staff. "The deputy chief of staff usually has an office in the West Wing and is responsible for ensuring the smooth running of the White House bureaucracy, ..." also "Tony Ornato, 2019–2021". The tags bureaucracy and public-administration relate to the position, generally; but president covers the "office of President" centered in the White House. I suggest president since "political adviser at the White House" is, perhaps indirectly, adviser to the president.
    – Rick Smith
    Apr 23 at 14:26
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    I don't see where the quote from WaPo suggests it's unusual. I'm not certain the fact-check-request applies for that quote. The Guardian noted "In what was described as an 'unprecedented' move, [temporary leave for Ornato]"; but the source for "unprecedented" was not given. Changing the quote from WaPo to The Guardian could be a fact-check-request on "unprecedented"; but then some might suggest migration to Skeptics SE.
    – Rick Smith
    Apr 23 at 16:58
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    This is about political-appointments of civil-service employees in the united-states. I am considering creating a [secret-service] tag; however, secret service describes different organizations in different countries, If the tag is created, it will affect possibly 23 questions. and will require a non-US centric excerpt.
    – Rick Smith
    Apr 23 at 18:01

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