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Secret Service Agent Who Wouldn't 'Take a Bullet' for Trump Not Punished

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Kerry O'Grady, the Secret Service agent who said she would not "take a bullet" for President Donald Trump has not received discipline that other agents have received for serious or lesser conduct, The Washington Free Beacon report.

"Despite the fact that I am expected to take a bullet for both sides… I would take jail time over a bullet or an endorsement for what I believe would be a disaster to this country," O'Grady wrote in a Facebook post on October 2016.

O'Grady was removed from her Denver Secret Service leadership position in March, and is now on paid administrative leave. She also still has her security clearance, the Free Beacon reports.

Secret Service senior managers have not placed O'Grady on a "Do Not Admit" list, two former agents told the Free Beacon. That list notifies the agency that an employee is being investigated, and that the employee should not be allowed to access Secret Service offices or resources, the agents said.

The "Do Not Admit" list is a "shaming device" and an "intimidation tool" that managers have used in cases less serious than O'Grady's, sources told the Free Beacon.

Spokesmen for the Secret Service had previously told the Free Beacon that federal privacy laws do not allow them to discuss the case.

Attorneys who have represented Secret Service agents in disciplinary cases said O'Grady has not faced sanctions as tough as some other cases.

"All the clients I have are on unpaid administrative leave. Then they have to sit around for a year cooling their heels before anything is proven. It's very punitive," attorney Sean Bigley told the Free Beacon.

"It's always amazing to me how some issues are considered security-related and some aren't. The only difference seems to be the person involved," Bigley added. 

Managers in the Secret Service set unpaid administrative leave and revocation of security clearance as a way to force a person to resign, Cheri Cannon, Tully Rinckney law firm partner, told the website.

In March, sources at the Secret Service called for O'Grady to be removed from her position, reportedly because they are concerned that she will be transferred to another division of the Department of Homeland Security, where she can retire with a pension.

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Kerry O'Grady, the Secret Service agent who said she would not "take a bullet" for President Donald Trump has not received discipline that other agents have received for serious or lesser conduct, The Washington Free Beacon report.
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