Kerry O’grady was a secret service agent until she announced the unthinkable… She would refuse to “take a bullet” for the President of the United States, Donald Trump.
Now, her wish has been granted. In late January, she was placed on administrative leave. About two weeks ago, her position as the special agent in charge of the Secret Service’s Denver district was placed on the agency’s open jobs listing, according to two agents who spoke with Washington Examiner.
It all began with a comment from O’grady that infuriated the President and his administration. Some say it goes against the spirit of the Secret Service, as it’s always been “understood” that agents are “obligated” to die for their details. However, the top agent for the Denver district said she would “sooner face jail time than down her life for the commander-in-chief.”
Other agents within the Secret Service want her out for good. They worry that she may be able to land another federal government job.
While the agency looks into her Facebook comments, she has been placed on administrative leave. Meanwhile, other Secret Service agents — both former and present — believe O’Grady should lose her employment altogether and fear that she may be allowed to serve her time until retirement at another position.
They would rather see her fired outright, and there is precedent for that, the Examiner reported.
In February 2015, Secret Service Deputy Director Alvin “A.T.” Smith was forced to resign when the agency was under pressure from Congress after a string of security lapses. He was allowed to transfer to another position in DHS, according to an email that praised his 29 years of service to the agency sent to all staff.
Their concerns have some weight given that Secret Service brass were informed as early as October about O’Grady’s questionable Facebook comments, but did nothing at the time. Other agents fear that the agency hierarchy are shielding her from reprisal.
Her Facebook comments were made about a month before election, and she claimed that her refusal to adequately protect Trump was based on her belief that he was a “disaster” for the country. A whistleblower informed the agency of the comments, but nothing was done until they were widely published shortly after Trump’s inauguration.
She informed the Examiner that she’d deleted her Facebook comment and professed that she would serve Trump. However, her actions speak louder than words. When Trump was inaugurated, she changed her profile photo to a depiction of Star Wars’ Princess Leia with the inscription, “A woman’s place is in the resistance.”
When folks on social media got the news she was removed, they asked why she wasn’t removed sooner.