A watchdog group has filed a complaint with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) claiming President Trump’s daughter and White House adviser, Ivanka Trump, violated the Hatch Act, which prohibits federal employees from engaging in political activities while in their official capacity.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) alleged in a complaint filed Thursday with the OSC that Ivanka violated the Hatch Act by using her official @IvankaTrump Twitter account “for partisan political purposes on several occasions.”
Two days before the president’s 2020 campaign launch, Ivanka’s tweet featured the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” and stated “the best is yet to come.”
Four years ago today, I introduced my father @realDonaldTrump when he launched a Campaign that would forever change America.
Because of his courage, Americans are safer and more prosperous…and the best is yet to come!
Happy Father’s Day! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/ygcbg3URQx
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 16, 2019
The Hatch Act states that federal employees “may not use his or her official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election.”
“It has become clear that this rampant abuse of public office is not a problem of ‘one bad apple’ but rather a key feature of the Trump White House,” said CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder.
“By blatantly using her office for politics right after the Office of Special Counsel recommended her colleague be fired for repeatedly acting similarly, Ivanka Trump has basically thumbed her nose at the OSC and the rule of law. Never before have we witnessed this level of illegal politicized behavior, and it must not be allowed to continue.”
The complaint comes a week after the OSC strongly recommended that President Trump remove Kellyanne Conway as White House counselor over repeated violations of the Hatch Act.
The agency issued a 17-page report accusing Conway of breaking the law on numerous occasions “by disparaging Democratic presidential candidates while speaking in her official capacity during television interviews and on social media” and called on the president to oust her “immediately.”
“As a highly visible member of the administration, Ms. Conway’s violations, if left unpunished, would send a message to all federal employees that they need not abide by the Hatch Act’s restrictions,” special counsel Henry Kerner wrote. “Her actions thus erode the principal foundation of our democratic system — the rule of law.”
President Trump rebuffed the request the following day.