An independent U.S. government inquiry found that Trump’s 13 senior government officials have repeatedly and deliberately violated US law prohibiting political activity while in office.
In a report Tuesday, the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (OSC) said former officials had violated Hatch’s policy on re-election of former President Donald Trump and the 2020 Republican National Convention at White House.
It also said that public funds were repeatedly used to promote Trump’s policies in 2020 “which are seen as tools to help taxpayers in the upper echelons of the executive branch”.
“Intentional disregard for the law was extremely serious,” the office said in its 59-page report, which criticizes Trump. “The President’s refusal to comply with the law laid the groundwork for criminal activity.”
The Hatch Act, first introduced by Congress in 1939, aimed to prevent public servants from engaging in political activities while performing their duties. It frees the president and vice-president and it is difficult to force the electorate, especially when he leaves office.
Former US ambassador to Israel David Friedman, senior Trump adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, White House Secretary Press Kayleigh McEnany, Trump senior adviser Stephen Miller and White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows are among those identified in the OSC report that he had a violation of the law.
The consequences come as Miller, McEnany and other Trump allies were suspended Tuesday by a group of US House of Representatives representatives in the US. research Capitol terror attack earlier this year.
For several weeks, Trump repeated false claims Widespread voter fraud has disrupted the 2020 election he lost to Joe Biden. After delivery fire words in Washington, DC, on January 6, a group of supporters stormed the Capitol House as Congress convened to confirm Biden’s victory.
The former Republican president has tried to fight a war and the House committee to obtain White House documents, calling for a January 6 inquiry into politics.
“We need to know exactly what the former President and his aides did in trying to stop the counting of votes and whether they joined anyone outside the White House in an attempt to bring down the election results,” Bennie Thompson said. who is the chairman of the House group, said in a words announcing new subpoena.
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‘Disregarding the law’
In a report on Tuesday, the OSC said it had received hundreds of complaints about alleged violations of the Hatch Act by Trump administration officials during the 2020 election.
The office found “widespread” examples of “certain elections in the Trump administration under the law” and “with the approval of the government”, the report said.
In August last year, Trump held the first rounds of the Republican National Convention (RNC) from the White House in preparation for the election.
He also used the White House alone as a meeting point, sparking outrage from Democrats who said at the time that doing so violated the Hatch Act but could not do anything to stop it.
Among the RNC programs “designed to make the content of the conference” was a White House event with new Trump-affiliated citizens and Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf, the report said.
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also spoke on the RNC from Jerusalem, breaking the first few decades by becoming government secretaries to refrain from openly engaging in political activities, especially if they are overseas and doing public business.
Pompeo is one of the Republicans most likely to run in the 2024 presidential election if Trump does not.
In a series of press interviews, Trump’s nominees – including senior adviser Kellyanne Conway – publicly called for a re-election of Trump and insulted Biden, according to the report.
“The report confirms that there was nothing less than systematically coordinating state power to keep Donald Trump safe,” said Noah Bookbinder, President of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), state administration.
The implementation of the Hatch Act banning political activity by civil servants is based primarily on the president and through regulatory means.
As a result, there is “no way” for Trump’s ousted executives, says OSC, an independent investigative and prosecuting firm that sets rules within US 1.8 million government workers.
Biden officials have violated Hatch’s policy since taking office in January.
CREW last month sued White House press secretary Jen Psaki for appearing at a press conference at the White House to endorse former Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat. McAuliffe was also running for office in his previous election in the Nov. 2 election in Virginia.
The OSC also issued a warning in May to Biden Secretary of Housing and Development Marcia Fudge saying Democrats have a “good risk” of winning next year’s US Senate seat in Ohio by Republican Rob Portman.