The Secret Service has a multitude of missions, but the most visible one is protecting the President of the United States. As the most prominent political figure in the world, the President is always a target. So what happens when a Secret Service agent makes public statements implying she won’t make the ultimate sacrifice for her Commander in Chief?
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The answer is playing out now in Denver. A senior agent is facing intense scrutiny after some inflammatory social media posts regarding the man that is now her boss.
The Secret Service has openly acknowledged that they’re looking into posts by Kerry O’Grady, who heads up the USSS Denver district.
Back in October, O’Grady posted on Facebook:
“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.”
Hatch Act be damned. O’Grady’s open endorsement of Clinton is a violation of the Hatch Act. Her admission that she would rather face jail time than protect the man who is now President will likely cost her her job.
O’Grady admits posting the message, but notes that she quickly deleted it. In an interview with the Washington Examiner, she went back on these words and said she would do her job, even to the point of shielding President Trump.
“It was an internal struggle for me but as soon as I put it up, I thought it was not the sentiment that I needed to share because I care very deeply about the mission,” she said.
“I firmly believe in this job. I’m proud to do it and we serve the office of the president,” she said.
O’Grady notes that her anger is rooted in the allegations made against Trump by women who claim he sexually harassed and assaulted them. O’Grady herself was a victim of sexual assault in college.
O’Grady, now apologetic for her political posts, remains committed to her job as a Secret Service agent.