Back in January, a senior Secret Service agent named Kerry O’Grady was put on paid leave while an investigation was to be conducted after it was discovered she made a Facebook post in October indicating she’d prefer jail time over taking a bullet for a President Donald Trump.
“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,” she wrote. She also expressed the hardships of not violating the Hatch Act (a 1939 law designed to keep federal employees from directly supporting political candidates).
Now months later, what’s her fate? She actually did lose her job – but that doesn’t mean she’s out of government employment for life.
According to Townhall, the Secret Service will permanently remove a top special agent from her position after an investigation into her Facebook comments that she would rather not defend President Trump or take “a bullet” from him, but some agents are concerned she will simply be transferred to another government job.
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 are worried that she will be transferred to another division of the Homeland Security Department and allowed to serve out her time until she can retire with a pension as the agency has done with other officials in the public crosshairs.
Consider the swamp reshuffled?
She’s been removed from her position, but it’s unclear whether or not she’s been “terminated.” As the Washington Examiner noted, if she is shuffled to another government job, it wouldn’t be the first time, as in February 2015, Secret Service Deputy Director Alvin “A.T.” Smith was forced to resign when the agency was under pressure from Congress after a string of security lapses. He was allowed to transfer to another position in DHS, according to an email that praised his 29 years of service to the agency sent to all staff.
In what other place of employment other than government can you publicly state you’re unwilling to do the most important part of your job description (as unlikely as it would be that you’d need to take a bullet for the president) and merely get shuffled to another job?
And people wonder why the government can’t get anything done efficiently…
[Note: This post was authored by Matt Palumbo. Follow him on Twitter @MattPalumbo12]