A government watchdog agency determined that 13 senior Trump administration officials violated federal law by campaigning for former President TrumpDonald Trump Meat industry groups pledge to meet Paris Agreement emissions targets by 2030 Judge dismisses part of DC AG’s lawsuit against Trump’s inaugural committee Representative Gosar publishes anime video showing him hitting Biden, Ocasio-Cortez MORE in the run-up to the 2020 elections, according to a report released on Tuesday.
The Office of the Special Counsel (OSC) found that numerous officials from the past administration illegally participated in the Republican National Convention (RNC), parts of which were held in the White House, and broke the law with their political activities prior to the elections.
“Taken together, the report concludes that the violations demonstrate both the willingness of some in the Trump administration to harness the power of the executive branch to promote the reelection of President Trump and the limits of the CSO’s enforcement power,” the CSO said in a statement that shared the report. .
The report describes the latest examples of Trump officials disobeying the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal government employees from participating in campaign activities in their official capacity. The law does not apply to the president or vice president, but many other Trump officials were repeat offenders.
There is no enforcement mechanism once officials leave office, but the OSC said it was publishing the violations for full documentation “and to deter similar violations in the future.”
The report found the then secretary of state Mike pompeoMike PompeoTrump leads in hypothetical Republican primaries in 2024: poll A divided White House cannot stand up to China Blinken formally announces a new cybersection of the State Department MORE violated the law by delivering a speech by the Israel RNC, and the Secretary of Homeland Security Chad wolfChad Wolf Here are the last six Trump allies to be cited by the Jan.6 panel. The Jan.6 panel issues six new subpoenas for Eastman, Trump’s top advisers. he did the same by conducting a naturalization ceremony recorded and reproduced during the convention.
The report also called out several politicians appointed for openly lobbying for Trump’s re-election or criticizing the then-candidate. Joe bidenJoe Biden Nicaragua Ortega Prepares to Win Election Amid International Criticism Representative Gosar Releases Anime Video Showing Him Hitting Biden, Ocasio-Cortez Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented By ExxonMobil – Activists Cry Over COP26 Draft MORE during media appearances in his official management capacity.
Officials deemed in violation of the Hatch Act included former Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette; former White House communications director Alyssa Farah; former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany; then White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark Meadows Jan. Panel 6 has interviewed more than 150 people so far, Trump Justice Department attorney Jeffrey Clark, to testify before the January 6 panel on Friday.; former senior advisers to Trump Stephen MillerStephen Miller Trump, Jan 6 Panel Attorneys Head to Court in Executive Privilege Brawl Trump’s Defense Chief Blocked Idea of Sending 250,000 Soldiers to Border: Report Dave Chappelle Refuses to be Canceled MORE and Jared kushnerJared Corey KushnerMcCain criticizes Graham for refuting funeral comment about Kushner, Ivanka Trump Trump attacks Meghan McCain and her McCain family: Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner had ‘no fucking business’ attending father’s funeral MORE; Marc Short, former chief of staff of then Vice President Pence; national security advisor Robert O’BrienRobert O’Brien Legislators pay tribute to Colin Powell Trump’s latest national security adviser backs JD Vance in Ohio Senate race Huawei says sales surged in 2020 but growth slowed amid US sanctions USA PLUS; and White House Counselor Kellyanne conwayKellyanne Conway, Ethics Regulator Accuses Psaki of Violating the Hatch Act, Doubts Over the Biden Administration’s Competence Increase, Cook’s Political Report Shifts Virginia Governor’s Career to ‘Dipping’ MORE, whom the OSC at one point recommended being fired for her repeated egregious violations of the Hatch Act.
The report recognized the limited enforcement capabilities for officials who violate the Hatch Act when the president disregards the law entirely.
“The Hatch Act is as effective in ensuring a depoliticized federal workforce as the president decides it will be,” the report states. “When, as in the Trump administration, the White House chooses to ignore the requirements of the Hatch Act, there is currently no mechanism to hold senior administration officials accountable for violating the law.”