A Secret Service officer posted pro-Trump content on Facebook that boosted President Donald Trump’s attack on the election, according to the Washington Post.
The Post reported that it had obtained screenshots showing that on the day after Trump’s supporters violently mobbed the Capitol on Wednesday, the officer posted a comment accusing lawmakers of “committing treason on live tv” by certifying the results of the election.
The officer’s reported comment also seemed to cheer on the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the siege while blaming “Antifa” (an amorphous anti-fascists movement) for the violence at the Capitol, even though the FBI has stated that there has been “no indication” that anyone supporting Antifa was involved in the siege. The conspiracy theory has been peddled by some of Trump’s closes allies for several days now and Trump himself has reportedly supported the conspiracy theory in private.
“Good morning patriots! Yesterday started out beautiful and as usual Antifa soured the mood and attacked police and an Air Force veteran was murdered…. It’s OFFENSE time finally!!” the officer wrote, according to the Post.
Additionally, the officer reportedly posted a meme titled “Here’s to the Peaceful Transition of Power” that had been edited to show Trump shaking hands with himself in the Oval Office.
A spokesperson for the Secret Service told the Post that the agency “carries out its law enforcement mission in an objective and apolitical manner” and that “any allegation that an employee is not carrying out their duties in that manner will be investigated.”
The spokesperson did not provide details concerning a potential investigation into the matter.
“As this is a personnel matter, the agency will not be commenting,” she said.
As President-elect Joe Biden prepares to take the reins from Trump, the Secret Service has reportedly been working to remedy concerns of Biden’s security detail potentially including Trump loyalists. As such, the agency has arranged for Biden’s Obama-era security officers to return to the president-elect’s team.