Watchdog: WH Violated Hatch Act but No Discipline Coming
- December 1, 2023
An independent government watchdog agency, found that White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre violated the Hatch Act with her use of “MAGA” to describe Republicans, but the agency opted against issuing discipline, NBC News reported Friday.
“Apparently, nobody takes the Hatch Act very seriously, at least nobody that matters. Ms. Jean-Pierre cites it frequently to avoid tough questions, but when she and her deputy received the initial warning from OSC, they doubled down,” conservative watchdog founder of Protect the Public’s Trust Michael Chamberlain told NBC News.
“They probably guessed there would be no consequences, and the OSC appears to have proven them correct,” he added.
One week after NBC News published OSC’s guidance in June, warning against using MAGA, the White House press office referred to MAGA, criticizing the GOP’s “hardcore MAGA budget” (Jean-Pierre) and “MAGA tax welfare” (Bates).
“Your letter advised Ms. Jean-Pierre ‘that should she again engage in prohibited political activity, OSC would consider it a knowing and willful violation of the law that could result in OSC pursuing disciplinary action.’ That is precisely what Ms. Jean-Pierre has done,” Chamberlain wrote to the OSC in June.
“It further is highly unlikely that the phrase ‘MAGA’ appeared in two separate White House Press Office documents on the same day by accident.”