Monday, January 30, 2017
Any Secret Service Agent Who Will Not Protect The President Should Be Kicked Out Immediately. Also Should Never Get Another Government Job.
The Secret Service is formally investigating the special agent who suggested on Facebook that she would rather endure "jail time" than take "a bullet" for President Trump.
The Secret Service told the Washington Examiner that its Office of Professional Responsibility, or RES, its main internal ethics entity, is investigating the matter. Joseph Clancy, the director of the Secret Service, sent an email to all employees Wednesday night notifying them of the formal probe, and asking them for "patience while the RES conducts their investigation."
"I want to sincerely thank you for all your hard work and dedication and ask that you remain focused on your mission," he wrote.
The Washington Examiner on Tuesday first reported that Kerry O'Grady, the special agent in charge of the Secret Service's Denver office, had posted several derogatory Facebook posts about Trump over the course of seven months.
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In one post in early October, O'Grady suggested she wouldn't take "bullet" to defend Trump because she considered him "a disaster" for the country, especially when it comes to the plight of women and minorities.
Earlier Wednesday, the premier association for former U.S. Secret Service agents expelled O'Grady. The vote by the board of directors for the Association of Former Agents U.S. Secret Service, or AFAUSSS, also known as Old Star, was unanimous after they reviewed the Facebook posts O'Grady wrote over the course of seven months.
Here is the full Secret Service statement, issued Wednesday night:
"In late 2016, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) referred allegations of an employee's social media post to the Secret Service for our review. An inquiry was conducted into the matter and action was taken.
"On Monday evening, January 23, this same employee self-reported contact by a member of the national media regarding their social media posts. On Tuesday, January 24, the Secret Service contacted the DHS OIG who declined to take the matter for further review and referred the matter back to the Secret Service Office of Professional Responsibility (RES) for action. Currently, the Secret Service Office of Professional Responsibility (RES) is investigating the matter.
"All Secret Service agents and employees are held to the highest standards of professional and ethical conduct. Allegations of misconduct are taken seriously and investigated."