The Secret Service said it was taking “appropriate action” against an agent who reportedly said she would choose jail over taking a bullet for President Donald Trump.
The agent, Kerry O’Grady, with the Secret Service’s Denver field office, has been placed on administrative leave.
…make that PAID administrative leave, Fox News’ Abby Huntsman reported.
More from Fox News:
O’Grady reportedly posted on Facebook in October, “As a public servant for nearly 23 years, I struggle not to violate the Hatch Act,” O’Grady wrote. “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 disaster to this country and the strong and amazing women and minorities who reside here. Hatch Act be damned. I am with Her.”
The Hatch Act, a 1939 law, bars certain federal employees from engaging in political activity to promote fairness and nonpartisanship within the workplace. The Secret Service is among the agencies affected by the act.
O’Grady, who openly supported Hillary Clinton, eventually had an epiphany, probably after consulting a legal adviser about the ramifications of her earlier position, telling the Washington Examiner that she would in no way shirk her duties to protect the president. She also removed the post from Facebook.
“It was an internal struggle for me but as soon as I put it up, I thought it was not the sentiment that I needed to share because I care very deeply about the mission,” she said.
How nice of her to bring herself to protect Trump.
Here’s a sampling of responses to the “appropriate action” from Twitter:
Why not fired and why PAID? We regular folks want that kind of Company policies!!
— Virginia (@VBaus) January 28, 2017
@dcexaminer @conlibrarian Why do crappy government workers just get paid vacations? I'd LOVE some paid time off. Our tax dollars at work, yet again.
— Gary Giessmann (@Rhetticent) January 28, 2017
@dcexaminer why is she even on payroll, what an insult to not only the agency, but to the country, obviously doesn't believe in what doing
— Ralph Norman (@ClydeNR1) January 28, 2017
@dcexaminer this is like a doctor refusing to take care of a patient. Completely unethical. Should be fired w/o pension.
— RichardNorman (@RichardNorman) January 28, 2017
@dcexaminer and soon to be unemployed. She can work protecting the Clintons.
— RonABryant (@_Ron_A_Bryant_) January 28, 2017
@dcexaminer You meant 'paid vacation'.
— Glen Woodfin (@GlenWoodfin) January 28, 2017
@dcexaminer If she won't do her job why is she still employed?
— Steve_Jacobson (@Steve_Jacboson) January 28, 2017
@dcexaminer REALLY @SecretService ?? Fire her, strip away any pension. Trump needs to go thru all these agencies to do this, start w/the IRS
— Heidi (@reshas) January 28, 2017
@dcexaminer Off to the "rubber room" for you until you learn your lesson. https://t.co/gsfYlkcqOY
— Chris Clinkinbeard (@Clinkin53) January 28, 2017
No Trust – No Confidence
— Pi Stachio (@pistachio922) January 28, 2017
Paid? WTF? How do I get a job with the @SecretService? @dcexaminer
— Ken Joseph (@KenJoseph66) January 28, 2017
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