Kerry O’Grady, a U.S. Secret Service agent in charge of its Denver district, is under investigation this week after she posted a message to Facebook this weekend, claiming that she’d rather do jail time than put her life on the line for our newly inaugurated president.

Her stance isn’t a surprise considering she posted an #ImWithHer message–Hillary Clinton’s campaign slogan–to her account in October while Obama was still POTUS. It’s likely O’Grady was well aware of the backlash that she’d receive in response to her comments, as she alluded to the idea that she could be violating the Hatch Act–a piece of 1939 legislation that puts restrictions on the political activities and narratives federal officials can be involved in, both publicly and privately–with her post.

Since then, complaints have been made to investigative officials within the Secret Service, and O’Grady is being ‘looked into,’ per the Washington Examiner. Interestingly enough, by Monday, O’Grady had backtracked her initial stance to an extent, claiming that her since-deleted post was a quick-strike reaction to news of Trump’s recent White House dealings, and not an accurate representation of her true feelings towards the president, or her job. “It was an internal struggle for me but as soon as I put it up, I thought it was not the sentiment that I needed to share because I care very deeply about the mission,” she tells the Examiner. “I firmly believe in this job. I’m proud to do it and we serve the office of the president.” To further elaborate on her true stance, O’Grady released the following statement.

I serve this country with pride and I proudly diligently and fiercely protect and support the institutions and pillars of our republic established by the very same document that allows my free expression. I do so with every fiber of my being for the very reason that those institutions are in place to guarantee my right and the rights of all our citizens to voice and express our opinions and beliefs even when and especially when those values may be contrary to those of the party in power. My devotion to mission and country is only strengthened by the fact that the founders recognize the value of dissent and the freedom to assemble and voice those opposing convictions.

Whether or not the USSS will buy her updated stance remains to be seen, but as of now, no official punishment has been handed down.


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