A senior Secret Service agent in Colorado will be investigated over a series of social media posts against President Donald Trump, including one that says she’d rather be jailed than take a bullet for the president.
“As a public servant for nearly 23 years, I struggle not to violate the Hatch Act,” Kerry O’Grady, who is in charge of the Secret Service’s Denver district, wrote in October, as reported by the Washington Examiner.
She added: “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.” In later Facebook comments, she backed the women’s marches in Washington on Jan. 21.
O’Grady continued: “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 Secret Service told the New York Times they’re aware of her posts and signaled they would take “quick and appropriate action” to resolve the matter.
“All Secret Service agents and employees are held to the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct,” reads a statement from the agency. “Any allegations of misconduct are taken seriously and swiftly investigated.”
Meanwhile, a New York University assistant professor, also named Kerry O’Grady, told the Times that she got threats and abusive messages on her Twitter and Facebook accounts. “It’s been a nightmare,” O’Grady said. “It made me feel people really don’t know how to handle their anger and channel it in a way that is productive.”