Trump's social media manager broke law with tweet

Tweet pushing back against Republican Congressman violates 1939 law

Trump's social media manager broke law with tweet

World Bulletin / News Desk

The White House social media director broke the law in April with a tweet insulting a Republican Congressman,the federal government concluded Friday.

On April 1, Dan Scavino, the social media coordinator for the administration of President Donald Trump, tweeted from his personal Twitter account about House Republican Justin Amash from Michigan.

“@realDonaldTrump is bringing auto plants & jobs back to Michigan,” Scavino tweeted. “@justinamash is a big liability. #TrumpTrain, defeat him in primary.”

Scavino was responding to recent criticism made by Amash of the first version of Trump’s health care plan. A complaint about the tweet was made by the left-leaning watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington to government regulators.

According to a letter published by the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), an independent investigative agency for the federal government, the tweet amounted to a violation of the Hatch Act of 1939. The Hatch Act prohibits White House employees from engaging in some forms of political activity.

“OSC has concluded that this activity violated the Hatch Act,” OSC's Ana Galindo-Marrone, chief of the office's Hatch Act Unit, said in the letter. “Accordingly, we issued Mr. Scavino a warning letter. In addition, we note that Mr. Scavino was recently counseled about the Hatch Act by the Office of the White House Counsel. A review of Mr. Scavino's personal Twitter account since that time did not reveal any new violations.”

The letter said further violations could require punitive action, which can include fines and removal from employment in the federal government.

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