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Fri Aug 30, 2019, 08:51 AM

Westerhout was also one of six WH officials found to have violated the Hatch Act in 2018.




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By Jim Acosta, Kaitlan Collins, Noah Gray

.................Westerhout was also one of six White House officials found to have violated the Hatch Act in 2018.

https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/29/politics/trump-personal-assistant-madeleine-westerhout/index.html


6 White House officials found in violation of the Hatch Act

By Ellie Kaufman, CNN

CNN

Updated 6:21 PM ET, Mon December 3, 2018




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The six officials are White House principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah, White House deputy director of communications Jessica Ditto, executive assistant to the President Madeleine Westerhout, former special assistant to the President and director of media affairs Helen Aguirre Ferré, press secretary for the Vice President Alyssa Farah and Office of Management and Budget deputy communications Director Jacob Wood.

The Hatch Act limits certain political activities of federal employees in an attempt to prevent the federal government from affecting elections or operating in a partisan manner. This includes sending partisan messages from social media accounts used for official government business.

All six violated the Hatch Act by using their Twitter accounts, which they use for official purposes, to tweet messages considered partisan by OSC................................

OSC found that these messages violated the Hatch Act because they use the political slogan of a current candidate, President Donald Trump, who has announced that he will be running for re-election in 2020. Tweeting those slogans from an account used for official purposes as a federal employee is considered political activity, the letter states. In Shah's and Ditto's cases, they highlighted research conducted by a political party, which OSC considered engaging in prohibited political activity....................................................


........Nine Trump administration officials have been cited for violating the Hatch Act as a result of complaints from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington , including Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, deputy assistant to the President and communications Director for the Office of the First Lady Stephanie Grisham and White House director of social media Dan Scavino, according to a news release from the organization.

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Response to riversedge (Original post)

Fri Aug 30, 2019, 10:17 AM

1. So they get cited. Then what?

Turns out, not much.

6 White House officials found in violation of the Hatch Act

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The Office of the Special Counsel enforces the Hatch Act. The act, however, is a guideline, so violations are not considered crimes. Punishment can range from a simple reprimand to the loss of a job.

But OSC has little power to discipline senior White House appointees. If a senior White House official appointed by the President is found in violation of the Hatch Act, and OSC determines disciplinary action is required, "OSC can only send a report to the President alerting him of the violation," said Zachary Kurz, communications director for the Office of the Special Counsel. "It is up to him to impose any discipline."

Nine Trump administration officials have been cited for violating the Hatch Act as a result of complaints from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington , including Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, deputy assistant to the President and communications Director for the Office of the First Lady Stephanie Grisham and White House director of social media Dan Scavino, according to a news release from the organization.



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Fri Aug 30, 2019, 10:48 AM

2. Where's Kellyann CONway and Sara Huckaby


They have also done so.

Why are their names not on the list???

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