The United States Office of the Special Counsel determined this week that a tweet from President Trump’s White House Director of Social Media broke the federal law that prevents government employees from using the official positions for campaign activities. (Full ruling below.)
Dan Scavino, who also held the social media director job on Trump’s 2016 campaign, sent a tweet on April 1 of this year calling for the primary defeat of Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI):
Immediately, Scavino found himself in a firestorm of legal criticism from former presidential lawyers from both parties, saying that the political call to action from a White House official was an abuse of power in violation of the Hatch Act.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint that day with the Hatch Act division of the U.S. Special Counsel’s Office. Today, CREW released the official determination that “this activity violated the Hatch Act.”
Scavino is being let off with a slap on the wrist at most, but the Special Counsel notes that future prohibited activity will be considered “willful and knowing violation of the law.”
This is small potatoes compared to the obstruction of justice and Russian collusion allegations plaguing the White House, but it is a reminder that there are good public servants working in the government who are not about to let these abuses go.
The crimes of Trump and his cronies are coming home to roost.
The letter from the Office of Special Counsel is below:
Sheila Norton is a writer with ten years of Capitol Hill experience. Subscribe to the OD Action email to get all the hottest news delivered right to your inbox every day at www.odaction.com