Secret Service agent under fire for anti-Trump Facebook posts

A Secret Service agent is facing scrutiny after a number of Facebook postings criticizing President Trump during the election came to light, according to multiple reports.

The Secret Service said it was aware of Kerry O'Grady's posts and added that it was taking “quick and appropriate action.”

"All Secret Service agents and employees are held to the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct," the agency said in a statement, reported by CNN. "Any allegations of misconduct are taken seriously and swiftly investigated."

O’Grady, the senior agent who oversees the Secret Service’s Denver district, railed against Trump while he was still a presidential candidate, declaring her support for his Democratic rival, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonDershowitz to The Atlantic: Do not violate Constitution to safeguard it Why Joe Biden (or any moderate) cannot be nominated GOP Rep. Tom Marino resigns from Congress MORE, and suggesting that she would not take a bullet for Trump if he was elected.

 

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

 

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"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 posts have since been deleted from O’Grady’s Facebook page.

Executive branch employees are generally barred from engaging in certain political activities, under the longstanding Hatch Act, though the president, vice president and some other senior staffers are exempt.