Last October, Secret Service agent Kerry O’Grady proudly admitted on Facebook that she would rather face jail time than take a bullet for then-GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump.
Three months later, and after Trump had won the 2016 presidential election and been inaugurated as president, she was placed on administrative leave. And then, earlier this month she was finally permanently removed from her post. Case closed, right?
Not so fast. She could just be in the running for another post in the Department of Homeland Security.
According to the Washington Examiner, “Current and former Secret Service agents and officers are worried that top officials at the agency are working to shield O’Grady from being fired.”
They were concerned that government officials planned to merely transfer O’Grady to another division of the DHS. This would allow her to continue serving her time and thus obtain a pension upon retirement. While this might sound paranoid, keep in mind that there is precedent behind this concern.
After being forced to resign his post two years ago for a string of embarrassing security lapses, former Secret Service Deputy Director Alvin “A.T.” Smith was reportedly transferred to another position in DHS, according to the U.K. Daily Mail.
“In what appears to be a highly unorthodox employment shuffle, Smith — who earned as much as $183,000 a year — was permitted to take an unspecified job inside the highly regarded Homeland Security Investigations unit in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement,” the Daily Mail reported in late 2015.
It was unclear whether he was still situated at DHS, though there seemed to be no reason to assume otherwise.
Given this precedent, current and former agents and officers within the Secret Service community have reportedly begun calling for O’Grady to be fired outright. Moreover, the wives of a number of agents launched a petition demanding the same from now-former Secret Service Director Joe Clancy, who retired from the agency earlier this month, according to the Washington Examiner.
“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,” the petition read. “Ms. O’Grady has publicly aligned herself with the worst in our society, those who wish to bring harm on our leaders.”
“Because of her statements and blatant disregard for her oath, we are asking that the US Secret Service terminate Ms. O’Grady of her duties effective immediately. She is no longer worthy of trust and confidence.”
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