November 30, 2021

Psaki reported to the Office of Special Counsel for alleged Hatch Act violation

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki is facing an investigation after a leftist watchdog group filed a complaint against her under the Hatch Act for what appeared to be an endorsement of a political candidate. 

According to a report in The Daily Caller, Psaki is being called out for her comments about Virginia gubernatorial candidate Terry McCauliffe during a White House press briefing.

In their complaint filed with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington asserted that Psaki violated the act “By mixing official government business with support of a candidate for partisan political office in the weeks before the election and engaging in political activity while on duty.”

The complaint went on to say that, “Ms. Psaki appears to have used her official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election, political activity that is prohibited by law,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) said in its filing

“By mixing official government business with support of a candidate for partisan political office in the weeks before the election and engaging in political activity while on duty, Ms. Psaki appears to have used her official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election, political activity that is prohibited by law,” CREW said. 

The complaint was filed after Psaki said during her Thursday press briefing that “we’re going to do everything we can to help former governor McAuliffe, and we believe in the agenda he’s representing.”

Under the Hatch Act, executive branch employees are prohibited from involvement in political activity while in their official capacity, CREW said in a statement Friday.

“By using her official position, authority, and title to advocate for the success of a candidates [sic] in a partisan election, Ms. Psaki appears to have run afoul of the statute,” CREW wrote in its complaint. “OSC should commence an immediate investigation into the conduct described in this letter and take any appropriate disciplinary action against Ms. Psaki.”

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