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Trump’s Social Media Director Broke The Law With A Tweet That Interfered With An Election

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Trump’s Social Media Director Broke The Law With A Tweet That Interfered With An Election

Dan Scavino, the White House social media director, broke the law when he tweeted a campaign attack directed at a Congressman, the Office of Special Counsel announced in a letter today.

In April, Scavino called for the primary election defeat of Trump critic Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) on Twitter, a violation of the Hatch Act, which prohibits many government employees from taking part in campaign activities.




The Office of Special Counsel (OSC) issued a warning to Mr. Scavino for using Twitter to interfere with an election after the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint with OSC.

“Justin Amash is a big liability. #TrumpTrain, defeat him in primary,” Scavino tweeted in April.




“Mr. Scavino has been advised that if in the future he engages in prohibited political activity, while employed in a position covered by the Hatch Act, we will consider such activity to be a willful and knowing violation of the law,” a letter from OSC to CREW this week reads.

“The rules are clear that government officials aren’t allowed to use their position for campaign activity,” CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder said in a statement Friday.

“OSC has made clear with this ruling that they are going to enforce these important rules and work to keep the government free from inappropriate politics,” he said.

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