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Secret Service Agent Fired For Anti-Trump Statements

| by Ray Brown
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The Secret Service has fired an agent who said she wouldn't risk her life to save President Donald Trump.

The firing comes nearly two months after Kerry O'Grady took to Facebook to express her condemnation of Trump and her strong preference for former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton one month before Election Day.

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"As a public servant for nearly 23 years, I struggle not to violate the Hatch Act. So I keep quiet and skirt the median," she wrote, according to the Washington Examiner. "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.

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."

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The Hatch Act part of her statement referred to the 1939 law that prohibits "certain federal employees from engaging in political activity to promote fairness and nonpartisanship within the workplace," according to USA Today.

The Secret Service is one of the agencies bound by the Hatch Act.

O'Grady was eventually suspended pending an investigation after posting the statement. On March 19, the Washington Examiner reported that O'Grady will be removed from her Secret Service post.

In an interview with the news site, O'Grady said she was regretful about her Facebook post.

"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.

O'Grady then said she would have done a poorer job for Trump than Clinton if Clinton had won the presidency.

"No, not at all. I firmly believe in this job. I'm proud to do it and we serve the office of the president," she said.

The Washington Examiner also reported that the Secret Service did not investigate the matter until after O'Grady's post had been reported on and that she had posted several anti-Trump statements and also said that, "A woman's place is in the resistance," referring to the Democratic Party movement to interfere with Trump's political agenda.

The Secret Service has not confirmed whether O'Grady will be fired from government service altogether, or if she will simply moved to another governmental department.

Sources: Washington Examiner (2), USA Today / Photo Credit: New York Daily News via Washington Examiner