The six officials are the White House Deputy Deputy Secretary Raj Shah, the White House Deputy Head of Communication Jessica…
The six officials are the White House Deputy Deputy Secretary Raj Shah, the White House Deputy Head of Communication Jessica Ditto, Executive Assistant to President Madeleine Westerhout, former Special Assistant to the President and Media Director Helen Aguirre Ferré, Press Secretary for Vice President Alyssa Farah and Administration – and the Jacob Wood Executive Director.
The Hatch Act limits the political activities of some federal employees in an attempt to prevent the federal government from influencing elections or working in part. This includes sending partisan messages from social media accounts used for public authority.
All six were violated by the law using their Twitter accounts, which they use for official purposes, to tweet messages considered as partisan by OSC. Four of the six tweeted messages that included “#MAGA” or the slogan “Make America Great Again!” Shah tweeted a statement from his account quoting research from the Republican National Committee. It was a shame about Shah’s message with RNC research.
OSC found that these messages violate the law because they use the political slogan of a current candidate, President Donald Trump, who has announced that he will run for reel by 2020. Tweeting the slogans from an account used for official use as a federal employee is considered political activity, the letter says. In the Shah and Ditto cases, they raised research conducted by a political party, which the OSC considered to engage in prohibited political activity.
OSC issues warning letters to all six officials and warned that further involvement in behavior is considered “prohibited political activity while employed in a position subject to the law” will be regarded as “intentional and knowingly violating the law that may lead to further action, “the letter says.
OSC does not comment on open or closed Hatch Act investigations but confirmed to CNN that the letter to Bookbinder was authentic. CREW, the Bookbinder organization runs, Hatch Act sent complaints to OSC about 1
0 White House officials listed in the letter. The White House did not respond immediately to a request for comments from CNN.
The Special Council’s Office is implementing the complaint act. The document is, however, a guideline, so violations are not considered as crimes. The penalty can range from a simple reprimand to loss of a job.
But OSC has little power to discipline leading White House employees. If a senior CEO appointed by the president is in violation of the complaints act, and OSC decides disciplinary action is required, “OSC can only send a report to the President who warns him of the violation,” said Zachary Kurz, communications director of the Special Council office. “It is up to him to introduce any discipline.”
Nine Trump’s administrative officials have been cited for breaking the complaint act as a result of complaints from citizens of responsibility and ethics in Washington, including Ambassador to UN Nikki Haley, Deputy Assistant to the President and Communications Director of the Office of First Lady Stephanie Grisham and White House Chief of Social Media Dan Scavino, according to a press release from the organization.