The Trump administration and almost everyone in it routinely violates federal law on a regular basis, their arrogance bolstered by the knowledge that nobody in the Justice Department will lift a finger to hold them accountable for their actions.
That hasn’t stopped watchdog groups from keeping an eye on them, however. The president’s son-in-law and “White House Advisor” Jared Kushner was accused of violating the Hatch Act on Tuesday in a formal complaint by the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
Jared Kushner joined CNN for an interview on Super Bowl Sunday, during which he discussed the president’s re-election efforts and whether or not the impeachment trial would hurt his campaign. This is a fairly clear violation of the Hatch Act, which prevents government officials from engaging in partisan political activity.
“Jared Kushner, like so many other senior officials in the Trump administration, has shown a complete disregard for ethics laws with a pattern of continuous violations. The tone is set at the top. President Trump has made clear that he will not follow the rules himself or discipline those in his administration who do not, and his top advisors are acting accordingly,” said CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder in a statement.
His fellow White House advisor Kellyanne Conway has been similarly accused of violating the Hatch Act and was even recommended for firing by the Office of the Special Counsel, which was accompanied by subpoenas that were all immediately ignored.
We can be sure that this complaint will also be ignored by the President and his cronies, but it is still vitally important that a record of their misdeeds be kept for the next administration, which absolutely should show Trump and his family what a real Justice Department investigation looks like.