When your job literally requires you to do everything you can to protect the President of the United States but you go on social media to virtue signal about how you “wouldn’t take a bullet” for him… well, that’s not a smart career move. Just ask Secret Service agent Kerry O’Grady, who got slapped with a demotion for doing just that last year.
In October, O’Grady took to Facebook to boast about how she would rather “face jail time” than put herself in harm’s way if then-candidate Trump were to win the election. She also championed Hillary Clinton while complaining about how the Hatch Act prevents her from openly airing her partisan political views.
After an investigation into the matter, the Secret Service decided to remove O’Grady from her cozy job as the special agent in charge of the Denver District and began looking for a replacement roughly two weeks ago. Although she has not technically been fired, O’Grady is currently on administrative leave pending further investigation.
Now, though, fellow Secret Service agents have expressed concern that the agency is seeking to shield her from losing her pension, the Washington Examiner reported. They are reportedly worried that O’Grady will simply be transferred to another division of the Homeland Security Department so that she can continue working until she is eligible to retire with a pension.
The move is not unprecedented: when Secret Service Deputy Director Alvin “A.T.” Smith was terminated from his position for numerous security lapses back in February 2015, he landed in another position within the Department of Homeland Security, pension intact.