DENVER – A top U.S. Secret Service agent posted on her Facebook page during the 2016 presidential race that she would not “take a bullet” for the GOP candidate, and eventual winner, Donald Trump.
“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 Party nominee, Hillary Clinton.
In yet another post, according to the Washington Examiner, she claimed the nation was moving “into a period of bigotry, misogyny and racism that this country has not tolerated for decades.
“Dark ages. I am horrified and dismayed beyond words,” she wrote.
Kerry O’Grady/Photo: Twitter
The Hatch Act forbids federal officials, excluding the president and a few others, from engaging in certain political activities.
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The report said O’Grady “oversees coordination with Washington-based advance teams for all presidential candidate and presidential trips to the area, including all upcoming or future trips by the president, vice president or Trump administration officials.”
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.”
The report said O’Grady posted on Facebook in October that she was endorsing Hillary Clinton.