After proclaiming on social media that she would not “take a bullet” for President Donald Trump, a United States Secret Service agent is still being paid with American tax dollars, while receiving little reprisal for her declared breach of duty.
Furthermore, since the agent pledged her disloyalty to Trump on Facebook last year while he was on the campaign trail, the Washington Free Beacon reported that the so-called “public servant” has not received comparable punishment to what other agents were dealt for “similarly serious or lesser misconduct.
Bragging about not doing her job
While former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was still in the running for the White House, U.S. Secret Service Agent Kerry O’Grady had this to say about doing her job if Trump occupied the Oval Office.
“As a public servant for nearly 23 years, I struggle not to violate the Hatch Act,” O’Grady posted on her Facebook page last year. “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.”
Pledging allegiance to Clinton and her disloyalty to Trump, the “double” agent publicly admitted and bragged that she would break her vow of service.
“But this world has changed and I have changed,” the feminist Democrat continued. “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 [Hillary].”
As another statement of defiance, O’Grady made a post when Trump was inaugurated on January 20, when she replaced her Facebook profile photo with an image of Princess Leia from Star Wars. Underneath, she emblazoned the words, “A woman’s place is in the resistance” – meaning those opposing Trump.
Despite being more than half a year after an investigation on O’Grady was launched, American taxpayers are still funding her salary.
“O'Grady … was removed from her position as head of the Secret Service's Denver district in March amid an investigation into her pre-election Facebook comments about Trump,” the Free Beacon reported. “O'Grady remains on paid administrative leave and retains her security clearance six months after the agency first started looking into the allegations of misconduct against her.”
Many are confounded as to why the rogue government employee still has access to sensitive agency facilities.
“Additionally, senior managers have never placed O'Grady on a ‘Do Not Admit’ list – an agency-wide notification that an employee whose conduct is under investigation is not allowed access to any Secret Service offices or resources, according to two former agents,” the Free Beacon’s Susan Crabtree informed. “Despite the obvious efforts to protect the agency from employees accused of serious misconduct that could pose a security threat, the sources describe the ‘Do Not Admit’ list also as a ‘shaming device’ and an ‘intimidation tool’ that senior managers have inconsistently used in recent years against employees facing less-serious allegations of misconduct.”
Slap on the wrist?
It is believed that O’Grady will stay on the payroll of the federal government, which is expected to shift her position to another high-security division.
“Several sources inside the Secret Service community fear O’Grady will keep her employment, and merely be shuffled to another division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security,” WND reported.
Outraged at the federal government’s lack of action on the matter, family members launched an online petition to persuade Secret Service Director Joseph Clancy to stop sitting on the issue and oust O’Grady.
“[We are calling on the Secret Service Agency to] act now and terminate [Special Agent in Charge] Kerry O’Grady from the duties she boldly stated she will not perform,” the petition reads. “This petition is to make known the sincere concerns that many special agents’ wives, loved ones and American citizens have with the written statements made by Kerry O’Grady regarding her unwillingness to conduct herself in a professional manner and to uphold the oath she willingly took 23 years ago.”
It argued that she should not be allowed to continue a duty she has blatantly refused to perform.
“Ms. O’Grady stated she will not defend our democracy,” the petition’s statement continued. “Her statements show an incredible lack of judgment that cannot be tolerated so close to the heart of our government. The men and women of the U.S. Secret Service are to conduct themselves above reproach, in a constant professional manner to complete the mission, regardless of who the protectee is or their politics. Ms. O’Grady has publicly aligned herself with the worst in our society – those who wish to bring harm on our leaders.”
Justifying not doing her job?
Earlier this year, O’Grady attempted to explain her refusal to perform her job – a job she swore to conduct … regardless of political persuasion.
"I serve this country with pride and I proudly diligently and fiercely protect and support the institutions and pillars of our republic established by the very same document that allows my free expression,” she said in a statement issued on January 24, according the Washington Examiner. “I do so with every fiber of my being for the very reason that those institutions are in place to guarantee my right and the rights of all our citizens to voice and express our opinions and beliefs, even when, and especially when, those values may be contrary to those of the party in power. My devotion to mission and country is only strengthened by the fact that the founders recognize the value of dissent and the freedom to assemble and voice those opposing convictions.”
She then attempted to color Trump as a hostile dictator.
"They enshrine those rights for future generations so we avoid the path of authoritarian regimes that shackle their people with fear," she added, before answering whether she could do her job with such opposition to Trump. "I hope you understand that's an emphatic no, and I need to make sure that's resoundingly clear and just reinforces that this job needs to [be] done well."
Why pay her for a job she doesn’t do?
The preferential treatment given to O’Grady was detailed by a partner of Bigley Ranish – a firm that specializes in security clearance denials. He maintained that the Secret Service routinely puts employees accused of wrongdoing on unpaid leave while the allegations are probed.
"All the clients I have are on unpaid administrative leave," Bigley told the Free Beacon. "Then they have to sit around for a year cooling their heels before anything is proven. It's very punitive."
He said one of his clients received no pay for three years – the period of time it took the Secret Service and the DHS Inspector General to investigate the charges and counter charges in the case.
"His life has completely imploded," Bigley explained, noting that he lost everything – his home and his life savings – while he awaits a final verdict.
Many others have been give the same fate for lesser misconduct than O’Grady, and Bigley stressed that Secret Service officials determining whether to revoke security clearances have extremely uneven standards.
"It's always amazing to me how some [disciplinary] issues are considered security-related and some aren’t,” Bigley concluded. “The only difference seems to be the person involved [and how well-connected they are to top agency officials]. It doesn’t seem like there is any continuity."