Watchdog group says press secretary Jean-Pierre and spokesperson Bates violated the Hatch Act
- December 2, 2023
Charlotte Hazard, Just the News
An independent government watchdog agency has said that White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre and Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates had failed to comply with the Hatch Act.
In a letter first obtained by NBC News, the Office of Special Counsel (OSC) stated that Jean-Pierre and Bates’ actions were “contrary” to official guidance regarding the Hatch Act with their frequent use of the term “MAGA.”
In June of this year, Jean-Pierre was sent a letter from the OSC, warning her to stop using the term “mega MAGA Republicans” as it is deemed political and not appropriate.
A White House spokesperson told NBC News, “We take the law seriously and uphold the Hatch Act.”