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International - January 25, 2017

7 months old comments land Federal agent in trouble

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Comments made more than seven months ago may land a U.S Secret Service special agent in trouble.

Kerry O’Grady, special agent in charge of the agency’s Denver district suggested on Facebook that she did not want to “take a bullet” for President Donald Trump.

The online comments, which were first reported by the Washington Examiner newspaper on Tuesday, were made over seven months ago.

In a recent post, O’Grady made the logo for the anti-Trump Women’s March in Denver her Facebook cover backdrop on Friday, the day Trump was sworn in as president in Washington, the newspaper said.

“The U.S. Secret Service is aware of the postings and the agency is taking quick and appropriate action,” the agency said in a statement on Tuesday. “Any allegations of misconduct are taken seriously and swiftly investigated.”

The Secret Service is in charge of security for the U.S. president and his family, as well as other high-profile political figures including presidential candidates who request protection. Trump, a Republican, won the presidential election on Nov. 8 after a bruising campaign.

According to a screenshot of one of the postings published by the Examiner, O’Grady wrote in October that she had struggled not to violate the Hatch Act, which bars political activity by federal workers.

“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,” O’Grady wrote. “Hatch Act be damned. I am with Her.”

The post did not mention Trump by name, but “I’m with her” was a campaign slogan for his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton. (Adapted from a Reuters report)


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