A senior U.S. Secret Service agent is under scrutiny after she shared several controversial Facebook posts excoriating President Donald Trump, at one point implying she would rather go to jail than “take a bullet” for Trump.
The Secret Service told The Washington Examiner that they are “looking into” the posts made by Kerry O’Grady, the special agent in charge of the USSS Denver district.
In an October Facebook post, O’Grady appeared to openly defy the Hatch Act, which bars some federal employees from advocating for a partisan political party, group or candidate, and proclaimed her support for Hillary Clinton:
"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."
O’Grady doesn’t mention Trump by name, but there is little doubt who she’s referring to as the “disaster.”
The Secret Service agent told The Examiner on Tuesday that she later deleted the post and claimed she would not actually refuse to take a bullet for the president.
“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.
O'Grady repeatedly stressed that she would in no way shirk her duties to protect the president because of her opposition to Trump's candidacy and support for Clinton.
“No, not at all. I firmly believe in this job. I'm proud to do it and we serve the office of the president,” she said.
O’Grady said she reacted emotionally to sexual assault allegations against Trump because she was a victim of sexual assault in college.
As The Washington Examiner notes, there were plenty of other anti-Trump posts on her Facebook page as well.
In a statement released on Tuesday, O’Grady further stressed that her anti-Trump messages would not impact her ability to do her job as a Secret Service agent.