A Secret Service agent who said she “would take jail time over a bullet” for President Trump has been permanently removed from her position following an inquiry.
Special Agent Kerry O’Grady was roundly criticized for her comments in January.
An investigation ensued, seeking to determine whether O’Grady had violated the Hatch Act, a 1939 that prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government from engaging in some forms of political activity. Exceptions to the law include the president, vice-president, and certain designated high-level officials of that branch.
In her statement, which she posted online, O’Grady wrote, “Hatch Act be damned,” she concluded. “I am with Her.”
While it is welcome news that O’Grady is being removed from her current detail, other agents are concerned that she’ll simply be transferred to a new location.
According to the Washington Examiner, top officials at the Secret Service are actively lobbying to protect O’Grady, and current and former agents are worried about the history of corrupt agents being transferred after an investigation to continue their work and collect a pension.
The Secret Service has been experiencing a string of embarrassing incidents, including an incident in which a man carrying a backpack full of mace scaled a fence on the south side of the White House and roamed the grounds for 17 minutes, setting off alarms and even managing to “jiggle the door” opening on the Executive Mansion.
Cross-posted at the Mental Recession