The U.S. Secret Service has come under fire in recent weeks due to a myriad of scandals involving agents, the White House, personal security, and Donald Trump.
At times, the agency has seemed rather doomed. The theft of a laptop containing highly-classified security details for Trump Tower from an unlocked Secret Service agent’s vehicle was merely the tip of the iceberg, as three incidents occurred at the White House itself. One of these high-profile intrusions lasted for more than 15 minutes before the interloper was finally confronted by White House security.
Now, the Secret Service agent who infamously claimed that she would “not take a bullet” for President Trump has been removed.
“Senior agent Kerry O’Grady posted to her Facebook page last October that she would not sacrifice herself to save Trump if he became president, and would rather face ‘jail time.’
“O’Grady also made several posts which insinuated that Trump would be a ‘disaster’ for the country and, in particular, a threat to women and minorities, while she openly endorsed Hillary Clinton for president.
“’As a public servant for nearly 23 years, I struggle not to violate the Hatch Act,’ she wrote, referring to the act that bars executive branch staff from engaging in certain political activities.
“’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 a 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 was immediately placed on investigatory leave after her incendiary comments. This week it was announced that she has been received of her duties.
At least the Secret Service can claim one positive victory to start the week. Let’s see how long it lasts.