Carper wants Hatch Act probe of Scavino
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.”