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  • I got this answer from google researcher "joey-ga" and it's pretty much what my own research showed, too. "Every officer in the executive branch, and indeed all employees in the federal government, save a few rare instances that are Constitutionally or otherwise statutorily differentiated -- i.e. the President, and Supreme Court justices, recite the following oath: 'I (name), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter. So help me God.' This requirement dates back to the period immediately following the initial ratification of the United States, but it was expanded greatly at the behest of Abraham Lincoln, who "ordered all federal civilian employees within the executive branch to take an expanded oath." Indeed, even postal employees take this same oath. (39 U.S.C.A. ยง 1011)".

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