The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington have filed a complaint against White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for a possible ethics violation after she tweeted a photo of herself with rapper Kanye West, who was wearing a “Make America Great Again” hat.
According to CREW, the photo, which was posted on Sanders’ official government social media account, constituted a violation of the Hatch Act that prohibits government employees using their offices to support or oppose political candidates.
Sarah Huckabee Sanders may have violated the Hatch Act. Again.— Citizens for Ethics (@CREWcrew) October 14, 2018
So we filed a complaint against her. Again.https://t.co/hnVcbaOAZv
CREW filed their complaint against Sanders with the Office of Special Counsel on Friday and requested the OSC investigate Sanders’ possible violation. Violations can carry up to a $1,000 fine and disciplinary actions such as suspension or termination.
“This action was directed toward the success or failure of Donald J. Trump, a candidate in a partisan race,” CREW wrote in their complaint. “By tweeting this post on a Twitter account referring to her official position and that she uses for official business, Ms. Sanders likely engaged in political activity prohibited by law.”
The tweet wasn’t Sanders’ first violation, or the Trump administration’s, which frequently runs afoul of the Hatch Act.
In August, Sanders was just one of ten White House staffers listed in a complaint filed by CREW for ethics violations. From the White House’s social media director to the first lady’s spokeswomen and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley, Hatch violations are commonplace in the Trump administration.
“How many investigations and findings of violations are needed until this administration takes action to stop the misuse of government resources for political activity,” said CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder in a statement.
“This administration does not seem to care about what the law says when it comes to ethics issues like using official positions for politics.”
Voters, however, seemed to care a great deal about the recurring violations from the Trump administration.
They all have. Not one has paid a price. There is not one rule or norm they have not crapped on and have yet to face any consequences. This is the inmates running the asylum and telling us we are winning. People who vote for them deserve their fate. The rest of us do not.— Joanne Musto (@4gramma28) October 14, 2018
At this point when hasn't she? This isn't the first time a Twitter account from her broke laws. The reality nothing will happen.— Jaye // #LoveNotHate (@jadorkables) October 14, 2018
A lot of people think Trump's goons are just stupid about our US laws and ethics rules. They're not. Truth is they just don't give a damn about them. Except Trump himself. Trump himself IS that stupid AND doesn't give a damn about our US laws. He's LAWLESS, a mobster.— CALL: 202-224-3121 (@sevenbowie) October 14, 2018
And some still held out hope that the administration would be held accountable.
Someone needs to hold somebody accountable.— Not My President (@nsitton) October 14, 2018
Number 1 reason to get Dems in control of one or both parts of Congress. Not just a check on *45 but the majority of the Administration. By far, the most ethically challenged Administration of all time.— Earthlvr7887 (@earthlvr7887) October 14, 2018
Keep up the good fight. They will attempt to get away with everything.— Josh Green (@ThehammerG) October 14, 2018
Though others were not as optimistic.
You know what's going to happen? NOTHING. Absolutely NOTHING.— GAL (@MainegGal) October 14, 2018
What part of these people are above the law are you not understanding?— The sky has fallen!!! America is dead! (@diax_t) October 14, 2018
From the Trump administration’s lead spokesperson, this is far from acceptable behavior.
Too bad there’s not some “Not Lying to the People Who Pay Your Salary” law. She is such a disgrace in every way. Certain she will get a big job at Faux News with Hope et al.— Dee Miller?☕️? (@SippinMyCoffee) October 14, 2018