The Hatch Act has never been much of a deterent for Donald Trump’s administration. His special adviser Kellyanne Conway has broken the rules of the Act multiple times. This weekend, a complaint was filed against Stephen Miller after he blasted Joe Biden during a Fox News appearance.
And now Donald Trump has offered a potential situation that would also represnet a violation of the Hatch Act. On Wednesday morning, Trump said that he wanted to accept the Republican nomination on the White House lawn.
The President made the comments while conducting an interview with the hosts of Fox & Friends. “I’ll probably do mine live from the White House'” Trump said when asked about the matter.
Former Cheif Ethics Lawyer Richard Painter said of Trump’s idea, “He may not be violating the Hatch Act, but he is ordering other people to. At a certain point you are using White House resources, and that is a violation of the Hatch Act.”
Painter also tweeted about the issue on Wednesday writing, “Here we go …. again. A staged political event at the White House. Every White House staff member who participates in this violates the Hatch Act. Trump may deliver convention acceptance speech from the South Lawn of the White House.”
Here we go …. again.
A staged political event at the White House. Every White House staff member who participates in this violates the Hatch Act.
Trump may deliver convention acceptance speech from the South Lawn of the White House. https://t.co/3OT7q4uRK5
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) August 5, 2020
None of the Trump administration members who have faced Hatch Act compaints have been disciplined in any way.
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