The Democratic Coalition just filed a complaint (see below) against White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders with the Department of Justice, after she allegedly violated federal laws restricting political activity by government employees.
If Sanders is found guilty of violating the Hatch Act, then she can be suspended for not less than 30 days, stripped of her salary for two years or fired, and face a five-year ban from employment by the federal government.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders used her official Twitter account to shill for Trump’s political campaign event in Pennsylvania, which the President used to avoid being roasted at the White House Corespondents Dinner at the end of the first 100 days of his term.
It’s illegal for federal employees to use their offices for any political activity, and pictured Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross could face a separate complaint about attending the campaign event.
— Sarah H. Sanders (@SHSanders45) April 30, 2017
Senior Advisor to the Democratic Coalition Scott Dworkin condemned Sanders’ blatant political activities, saying, “It’s not hard. Don’t use official government accounts to campaign, and don’t use your government post to enrich yourself and your friends.”
Readers might recall that Trump was epically trolled at this very event when someone tossed Russian flags in front of the press cameras. He also failed to fill the hall for his speech on a Saturday night; empty seats are visible in Sanders’ photo.
The Democratic Coalition’s complaint against Sanders is the perfect way for the Trump regime’s failing press operation to continue its worst week.
Rumors are swirling that Press Secretary Sean Spicer might be fired after being literally caught hiding in the bushes, rather than defending the President’s indefensible dismissal of FBI Director James Comey.
SNL just released a promo of Melissa McCarthy getting ready to lampoon Sean Spicer that promises to either provide the comedic send up that ends his career as White House press secretary or will become a fitting obituary if Trump cans him first.
White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders leaped into that void and used the second-generation Republican hypocrisy skills learned from her father, leading Trump to give her daily briefing duties week.
Now, Sanders will have to brief the press about the serious legal allegations against her, in addition to the Trump Russia investigation that her forceful demands to “move on” from will not end.
See below for the Democratic Coalition’s complaint and press release:
Grant Stern is an Editor-At-Large for OccupyDemocrats and published author. His new Meet the Candidates 2020 book series is distributed by Simon and Schuster. He's also mortgage broker, community activist and radio personality in Miami, Florida., as well as the producer of the Dworkin Report podcast. Grant is also an occasional contributor to Raw Story, Alternet, and the DC Report. Find out more at grantstern.com.