WH Press Sec. Violated Hatch Act Numerous Times, Watchdog Says


WASHINGTON – According to a government watchdog agency, White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre violated a law designed to prevent federal employees from using their positions to influence elections.

The Office of Special Counsel’s letter stated that Jean-Pierre’s repeated references to “mega MAGA Republicans” in the lead-up to the 2022 midterms were in violation of the Hatch Act.

The agency deemed her remarks as an inappropriate attempt to sway the vote, NBC News reported.

However, despite finding Jean-Pierre in violation of the law, the Office of Special Counsel has chosen to close the matter without taking further action.

“[We] decided to close this matter without further action,” spokesperson Ana Galindo‐Marrone said. Adding, “[We] did not at the time believe that Ms. Jean‐Pierre’s remarks were prohibited.”

A spokesperson for the White House told NBC News in a statement, “As has been made clear throughout the administration, we take the law seriously and uphold the Hatch Act. We are reviewing this opinion.”

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