The Secret Service agent who said during last year’s presidential campaign season that she “wouldn’t take a bullet” for then-candidate Donald Trump has been removed from her post as special agent in charge of the agency’s Denver office.
According to the Washington Examiner, Kerry O’Grady, the agent in question, has been permanently removed from her senior position. She had been on administrative leave for the last two months while the Secret Service continues to conduct an investigation into her comments.
Sources within the Secret Service told the Examiner that just two weeks ago the agency posted a job listing for the Denver special agent in charge position on an internal job board.
The investigation into O’Grady centers around Facebook posts she made last October, about one month before Election Day in November. O’Grady said she would rather “face jail time” than take “a bullet” for Trump. She also endorsed Democrat Hillary Clinton over Trump.
In the same post where she made her controversial comments, O’Grady also said that she struggles to not violate the Hatch Act, which prevents federal employees from posting comments on social media or other places on the internet that “advocate for or against a partisan political party, candidate for partisan political office or partisan political group.”
But according to the Examiner, despite being removed from her position, it still isn’t clear whether or not O’Grady will be terminated. Some Secret Service agents expressed concern that the agency’s top brass will “insulate” O’Grady and simply move her to another position in the Department of Homeland Security — which the Secret Service falls under — so that she can finish out her career and collect her government pension.
If the agency did that, it wouldn’t be the first time, according to the Examiner:
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.
The Secret Service has had a tumultuous last several days. On March 10, a man was able to scale three White House fences and was on the White House grounds for 16 minutes before he was apprehended. According to reports, he was close enough to the White House that he was able to rattle the handle to a White House door.
The Secret Service was forced to detain two more people over the weekend: one who jumped a bike rack in front of the president’s house while the other drove to a White House checkpoint and said he had a bomb in his car.
In addition, a Secret Service agent’s laptop was stolen late last week, which reportedly had sensitive information on it including Trump Tower escape plans and information related to the Hillary Clinton email investigation.