A Senior Secret Service agent posted on her Facebook page during the 2016 presidential election that she would rather go to jail than “take a bullet” for the GOP candidate, and eventual winner, President Donald Trump.
Kerry O’Grady is the head of the Denver district, which is responsible for coordinating with Washington’s Secret Service teams pertaining to future trips of President Trump, Vice President Pence, and members of the Trump’s administration.
O’Grady wrote, “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,” wrote Kerry O’Grady, the special agent in charge of the agency’s Denver region.
“Hatch Act be damned. I am with Her.”
“I am with Her” was a slogan used by the failed Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton.
“Dark ages. I am horrified and dismayed beyond words,” she wrote.
The Hatch Act forbids federal officials, excluding the president and a few others, from engaging in certain political activities.
A source for the Examiner said the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security had received a complaint about O’Grady’s social-media campaigning.
The Secret Service told the news organization that it was aware of the postings, “and we are looking into the matter.”
“It’s unclear whether the Secret Service explicitly bans agents and other employees from engaging in political speech on social media or has written rules prohibiting it,” the Examiner reported. “But in operational security training, instructors have long warned agents or would-be agents against the use of social media because it can make them vulnerable to threats by exposing their personal information and their movements, according to two knowledgeable sources.”
According to WND, the report said O’Grady posted on Facebook in October that she was endorsing 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,” she posted to her readers. “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.”