Watch­dog says Scavino broke Hatch Act

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — Stephen Dinan

The White House so­cial me­dia di­rec­tor broke the Hatch Act ear­lier this year when, while on govern­ment time, he called for Trump sup­port­ers to de­feat Repub­li­can Rep. Justin Amash, the govern­ment’s ethics watch­dog con­cluded.

The Of­fice of Spe­cial Coun­sel, which po­lices these is­sues, said Dan Scavino Jr. has been warned and coun­seled, and told that if he does it again he could face a se­vere pun­ish­ment.

Mr. Scavino tweeted on April 1 from his per­sonal ac­count call­ing for the de­feat of Mr. Amash, a Michigan Repub­li­can, in a pri­mary elec­tion, af­ter Mr. Amash was poised to vote against the House GOP Oba­macare re­peal leg­is­la­tion.

“OSC has con­cluded that this ac­tiv­ity vi­o­lated the Hatch Act,” the spe­cial coun­sel’s of­fice said in a let­ter to Sen. Tom Carper, a Delaware Demo­crat who com­plained and asked for the re­view.

The OSC said it con­cluded that Mr. Scavino was act­ing in his of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity at the time he wrote the tweet, in which he said: “@re­alDon­aldTrump is bring­ing auto plants & jobs back to Michigan. @justi­na­mash is a big li­a­bil­ity. #TrumpTrain, de­feat him in pri­mary.”

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