Kayleigh McEnany, a former White House press secretary whose boss’ tenure was marked by frequent violations of laws banning government employees from engaging in political campaigning, on Thursday criticized ethics experts, journalists and even That disdain for an alleged dig from relatives of his former boss. Violation of morality by his successor.
Ms McEnany mocked the proverbial bear late on Thursday, when she asked on Twitter why current White House press secretary Jen Psaki was not under scrutiny, which she claimed was carried out during her daily press briefing. There was a violation of the Hatch Act.
Sharing a video of Ms. Psaki telling reporters that President Biden and her administration “will do everything we can” to help Democratic Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe, Ms McEnany asked: “Why doesn’t the media catch up [Psaki] Responsible for potential Hatch Act violations?”
The Hatch Act is a New Deal-era law that prohibits federal workers from engaging in political activity on behalf of a candidate during their employment.
Once an obscure piece of interest only to ethics lawyers and federal employees who undergo mandatory training on its principles, the Hatch Act has garnered unheard-of attention by senior officials for violating it several times during the Trump administration.
One such officer, a former counsel to President Kellyanne Conway, committed more than 50 violations in less than a year, according to a report from the Office of the Special Counsel, the federal agency tasked with enforcing the law.
In June 2019, the OSC took the unprecedented step of recommending that Conway be fired for repeated violations, calling her “arrogant, notorious and ongoing” disregard for the law.
At least 13 Trump administration officials were found by the OSC to violate the Hatch Act, according to the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. Crews also found that 16 Trump officials committed more than 60 violations, calling the Trump administration’s October 2020 record “an unprecedented and escalating attack on the rule of law and the democratic process.”
Crews noted that Ms McEnany was one of 16 officers who were filmed promoting Trump’s reelection campaign and attacking Biden on White House grounds in her official capacity.
Former White House Office of Government ethics boss Walter Schaub, an ethics expert, did not mince words in his response to Ms McEnany.
“Your hypocrisy is breathtaking,” he tweeted.
Mr Trump’s niece Mary Trump, who is currently suing her uncle for allegedly committing millions of dollars of fraud, was even less polite.
“Seriously? F*** off,” she wrote in response.
Yet another commentator, Bleacher Report columnist Kelly Scarlett, noted that the Trump administration’s violations of the Hatch Act were so pervasive that they included Mr. Trump’s decision to hold part of the 2020 Republican National Convention on White House grounds. .
“Remember when you defended the Republican convention being broadcast from the White House?” she wrote. “Sit down, hypocrite”.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk /