Karine Jean-Pierre Can’t Stop Breaking This Federal Ethics Rule
- December 1, 2023
Andrew Kerr, Free Beacon
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre made history on Friday, becoming the first Biden administration official to rack up multiple Hatch Act violations.
Jean-Pierre and her deputy, Andrew Bates, violated the longstanding federal ethics law with their June 14 statements denouncing “MAGA Republicans,” the Office of Special Counsel found. The Hatch Act bars federal officials from making political statements in their capacity as government employees. Jean-Pierre and Bates made the incriminating statements just one week after the office ruled the press secretary’s use of the phrase “MAGA” in the leadup to the 2022 midterm elections had also violated the Hatch Act.
Though the Biden administration is willing to violate the Hatch Act when doing so serves its political goals, White House officials frequently hide behind the law to avoid answering tough questions from the press. Most notably, Bates said the Hatch Act prohibited him from answering questions about the possibility that Hunter Biden was responsible for a baggie of cocaine found in the White House in July.
Protect the Public’s Trust, a conservative watchdog group that filed Hatch Act complaints against Jean-Pierre, said the Office of Special Counsel’s refusal to enforce the law against repeat offenders indicates they believe “certain officials are above the law.”