Carper wants Hatch Act probe of Scavino

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS -

Sen. Thomas R. Carper, Delaware Demo­crat, has asked the U.S. Of­fice of Spe­cial Coun­sel to look into whether a top as­sis­tant to Pres­i­dent Trump vi­o­lated the law when the aide called for the de­feat

of a Repub­li­can con­gress­man ear­lier this month.

Dan Scavino, who runs the White House’s so­cial me­dia ef­forts, might have vi­o­lated a law that pro­hibits fed­eral em­ploy­ees from en­gag­ing in cer­tain po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity when he pub­licly called for the de­feat of Rep. Justin Amash ear­lier this month, Mr. Carper wrote in a let­ter re­leased Tues­day.

On April 1 Mr. Scavino had tweeted: “@re­alDon­aldTrump is bring­ing auto plants & jobs back to Michi­gan. @justi­na­mash is a big li­a­bil­ity.#TrumpTrain, de­feat him in pri­mary.”

Mr. Carper wrote that while Mr. Scavino used his per­sonal Twit­ter ac­count, and not his of­fi­cial gov­ern­ment ac­count, his “nearly iden­ti­cal Twit­ter pages could eas­ily cre­ate the im­pres­sion that he is act­ing in an of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity when en­gag­ing in po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­ity on his per­sonal ac­count.”

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