Politics

Secret Service Agent Suggests in Facebook Post She Wouldn’t Take Bullet for Trump

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A senior Secret Service agent suggested on Facebook that she would refuse to "take a bullet" for President Donald Trump and endure "jail time" instead.

Kerry O'Grady, the agent in charge of the Secret Service's Denver district who coordinates with Washington for presidential trips to the area, endorsed Hillary Clinton in a Facebook post in October, the Washington Examiner reported Tuesday.

In that same message, O'Grady said she would prefer "jail time" to "taking a bullet" for what she called a "disaster" for the United States, referring to then-candidate Trump.

O'Grady has made her contempt for Trump and his administration well known on Facebook, according to the Examiner. Her social media posts have prompted at least one complaint against her to an office that looks into misbehavior by Secret Service agents.

 

O'Grady wrote the following in her October message to Facebook, according to the Examiner:

"As a public servant for nearly 23 years, I struggle not to violate the Hatch Act. So I keep quiet and skirt the median. 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."

The Hatch Act was put into place to bar most federal officials and employees from being involved in politics, including election campaigns. This would include seeking donations for candidates and actively campaigning for the candidate one chooses to support.

When contacted by the Examiner, the Secret Service said it was aware of the Facebook post and is looking into it.