It January shortly after the inauguration of Donald Trump it was revealed that a top Secret Service Agent was under investigation for claiming on social media that she wouldn’t take a bullet for her new president.
Secret Service Agent Kerry O’Grady, a 23-year veteran who is currently serving as Special Agent in charge of the United States Secret Service Denver District, has come under fire for making a series of politically slanted comments on social media against Donald Trump, even going as far to imply she would rather do “jail time” than take a bullet for him
Agent O’Grady started making a series of posts on her Facebook page during the election, each one not mentioning a candidate’s name but clearly making references to her favor for one candidate over the other. In October she made the post that had drawn the attention of her fellow agents, which has since been removed, but the damage was already done as screen grabs were taken and her actions reported.
O’Grady’s post, which was only one of many politically charged messages she made during the election, describes how she would rather “take jail time” than a “bullet or an endorsement for what I believe to be a disaster to this country and the strong and amazing women and minorities who reside here.”
“As a public servant for nearly 23 years, I struggle not to violate the Hatch Act. So I keep quiet and skirt the median,” she wrote. “To do otherwise can be a criminal offense for those in my position. Despite the fact that I am expected to take a bullet for both sides.
“But this world has changed and I have changed. And I would take jail time over a bullet or an endorsement for what I believe to be disaster to this country and the strong and amazing women and minorities who reside here. Hatch Act be damned. I am with Her.“
Just in case her readers were unclear as to message she was trying to get across, she ended her Facebook post with “I am with her”, which was the main slogan of Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
In addition to other anti-Trump posts, she updated her profile picture on Inauguration Day to an artist’s rendering of Princess Leia with the words, “A woman’s place is in the resistance.”
Fortunately, concerned citizens reported her actions and she was suspended from her post pending an investigation. Now, that investigation has resulted in O’Grady being removed from her position with the Secret Service.
The Secret Service will permanently remove a top special agent from her position after an investigation into her Facebook comments that she would rather not defend President Trump or take “a bullet” for him, but some agents are concerned she will simply be transferred to another government job.
About two weeks ago, the Secret Service placed the agent’s prior post — the special agent in charge of the Denver District, the top job in that office — on a list of agency openings, according to two Secret Service sources.
Kerry O’Grady, the agent in question, is on administrative leave amid an internal Secret Service investigation into her Facebook comments about Trump.
Current and former Secret Service agents and officers are worried that top officials at the agency are working to shield O’Grady from being fired.
They are worried that she will be transferred to another division of the Homeland Security Department and allowed to serve out her time until she can retire with a pension as the agency has done with other officials in the public crosshairs.
Although O’Grady has been removed from her top position at the Secret Service’s Denver office, it appears she has yet to be terminated from the department permanently (possibly due to her being in a protected class of employee).
It’s possible O’Grady will find herself quietly transferred to a lower level position within Homeland Security, resulting in her still being able to collect a pension when she retires, despite her blatant breach of policy.
Regardless of the outcome, this agent is no longer able to inject her political agenda into her responsibilities with the Secret Service. The scariest aspect of this story is the possibility of other agents who share O’Grady’s extreme views, yet have never made those opinions public, who may compromise President Trump’s security.
Secret Service has been taking heat for appearing incompetent lately, as reports surfaced that a White House intruder was on the grounds for 17 minutes before being apprehended. Now it has been revealed that the sensors on the White House’s perimeter fence had been removed, which allowed the intruder to scale the barrier and enter the premises.
In addition to the recent spat of White House intrusions, another Secret Service agent reported that her laptop was stolen out of her car last week, which contained a detailed floor plan and security protocols for Trump Tower. One can’t help but wonder who leaves their highly sensitive laptop in their unlocked car, and if this Secret Service agent was also “with her” during the election last year.
Could these security breaches caused by incompetence, chance or purposeful dereliction of duty due to political bias towards Trump? Considering the charged political landscape, all possibilities are on the table, which should result in some serious scrutiny of the Secret Service’s procedures at this point.
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