White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki has incurred an ethics complaint for violating the Hatch Act. Psaki is accused of campaigning for Terry McAuliffe from behind the White House podium, which is a violation of federal law. The ethics complaint was announced by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) on Friday.
“We just filed a Hatch Act complaint against Jen Psaki, because no administration is above the law,” CREW announced.
“White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki appears to have violated the Hatch Act by endorsing Terry McAuliffe’s gubernatorial campaign in Virginia from the podium in the White House Briefing Room,” the watchdog group said.
“During a press briefing, Psaki said of McAuliffe, ‘we’re going to do everything we can to help former Governor McAuliffe, and we believe in the agenda he’s representing.’ That appears to be an endorsement of his candidacy. The Hatch Act prohibits executive branch employees from ‘us[ing their] official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election.’ ‘Political activity’ is defined as ‘an activity directed toward the success or failure of a political party, candidate for partisan political office, or partisan political group’.”