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Watchdog Seeks Hatch Act Probe of Ivanka Trump
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=51018"><span class="small">Alexa Lardieri, U.S. News</span></a>   
Friday, 21 June 2019 08:27

Lardieri writes: "The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel alleging that the president's daughter violated the act by using her social media accounts to post messages about her father that included his campaign slogan 'Make America Great Again.'"

Ivanka Trump. (photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty)
Ivanka Trump. (photo: Anna Moneymaker/Getty)


Watchdog Seeks Hatch Act Probe of Ivanka Trump

By Alexa Lardieri, U.S. News

21 June 19


The organization also accused White House counselor Kellyanne Conway of violating the act multiple times.

watchdog group has requested that the Office of Special Counsel investigate whether Ivanka Trump, assistant to and daughter of President Donald Trump, violated the Hatch Act.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel – which is not related to special counsel Robert Mueller – alleging that the president's daughter violated the act by using her social media accounts to post messages about her father that included his campaign slogan "Make America Great Again."

The Hatch Act prohibits federal employees from engaging in elections-related activity in their official capacity. Ivanka Trump works in her father's administration, describing herself as an adviser to the president on job creation and economic empowerment, workforce development and entrepreneurship.

The organization cited a tweet from Sunday in which the first daughter wished her dad a happy Father's Day. In her tweet, Trump included a photo of herself introducing her father after he announced his candidacy for president four years ago. A banner with the president's slogan is hanging in the background. She tweeted that "because of his courage, Americans are safer and more prosperous … and the best is yet to come!"

CREW's complaint includes multiple tweets from Trump's account that promote her work and her father's political agenda. The organization accuses her of violating the Hatch Act multiple times.

"These actions were directed specifically toward the success or failure of Donald J. Trump, a candidate in a partisan election," the complaint said. "By sharing these posts on a Twitter account that Ms. Trump uses for official government business, Ms. Trump engaged in political activity prohibited by law."

Ivanka Trump has not responded to the complaint.

The organization filed a separate complaint last week for White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, stating she violated the act multiple times by "bashing 2020 candidates on official media appearances" and disparaging Democrats on social media.

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0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-21 14:52
Forget the Hatch Act. No one invoked the Hatch Act when the FBI was caught red-handed helping the Clinton campaign.

Ivanka and Jared should be booted out of the white house for nepotism. A president should not hire his close relatives to important jobs. They were never qualified and they have made a mess of the work they have done. Why is there no congressional investigation of Trump's nepotism. Nepotismgate does not make a very media-worthy term but at least unlike Russigate it is real.
 
 
+1 # lfeuille 2019-06-21 22:42
It's about time.