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WASHINGTON  - Six former and current White House staffers were reprimanded Friday for posting political tweets, such as the campaign slogan "Make America Great Again" and "MAGA," on Twitter accounts they use for government business.



The U.S. Office of Special Counsel sent warning letters to the six warning them that their tweets violated the Hatch Act, which restricts political activities of federal employees working in the executive branch.


The special counsel's office reviewed the tweets after receiving complaints from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, a watchdog group that works to ensure that public officials work on behalf of all taxpayers. The special counsel's office sent a five-page summary of its findings to CREW on Friday.


It said former principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah violated the Hatch Act when he used his official "@RajShah45" Twitter account in June 2018 to post a message that linked to a Republican National Committee website.


"Fantastic @RNCResearch release #Winning: 500 Days of American Greatness." In his tweet, he included a link to an RNC webpage that outlined RNC research on what Trump accomplished in his first 500 days in office.

Alyssa Farah, press secretary for Vice President Mike Pence, violated the Hatch Act when she used her official "@VPPressSec" Twitter account to post two messages that included "#MAGA." One in May 2018 said: "This is what #MAGA looks like: Under @POTUS TRUMP, the unemployment rate is the lowest it's been in 17 years."


MAGA is short for Make America Great Again.


The four others cited for violations were: Madeleine Westerhout, executive assistant to the president; Jacob Wood, deputy communications director of the Office of Management and Budget; Jessica Ditto, White House deputy director of communications; and Helen Aguirre Ferre, former special assistant to the president and director of media affairs.


This isn't the first time that Trump administration officials have run afoul of the Hatch Act. The 1939 law allows government officials to personally donate money to political committees or engage in a variety of partisan activities, so long as they do so during their personal time and don't use government resources.


Nikki Haley, U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, was reprimanded for violating the law by voicing support for a South Carolina congressional candidate. She had retweeted a Trump tweet supporting Republican Ralph Norman, who went on to win a special election for the seat formerly occupied by Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney.


White House social media director Dan Scavino was issued a warning for using an official-looking Twitter account to call for a Michigan congressman's defeat. CREW filed a complaint in that case too, and Scavino was warned if he engages in such activity in the future, the office will consider it a "willful and knowing violation of the law."



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2 hours ago, knowledge said:

Nikki Haley  heheh

she no care as in weeks or so she be gone

 now if this was russia doing this she will say for 100% russia needs sanctions 

so sanctions  her y not 

What they done don't apply under  the sanctions  programs   :blink:


Sanctions are only  put on countries and people that are from other countries and they do them different for each country or individuals . If you are a citizen of the USA   and commit a crime  it just depends on the crime if it's a federal crime  or not  if it's not  each state have it's own laws .it could 50 different  set of  punishments  . It  just depends on what you done on how bad the punishment .Its like if you kill someone in some states and get charged with 1st degree murder  you will get put to death and in some states and some states you will only get life in prison.



OFAC administers a number of different sanctions programs. The sanctions can be either comprehensive or selective, using the blocking of assets and trade restrictions to accomplish foreign policy and national security goals.






They violated  the Hatch Act witch the worse they could do is impeach them  and since she is stepping down they would not  have time too i guess because  it has to go to court  .



Removal is the only penalty authorized for violation of the Hatch Act, under 5 U.S.C.S. § 1505.  The Merit System Protection Board (MSPB) has plenary jurisdiction under § 1505 to determine after a hearing whether the violation warrants the removal of the officer or employee from his office or employment.




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