USA: Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), an ethics watchdog, slammed Jen Psaki’s comments from the White House podium as appearing to violate the Hatch Act, which forbids officials from using their “official authority or influence for the purpose of interfering with or affecting the result of an election”.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki, who is no stranger to verbal faux pas while in an official capacity, has promised to “choose my words more carefully”.The contrite response was prompted by a Friday complaint from Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). The non-profit claimed she had violated the 1939 Hatch Act.
— Matthew Foldi (@MatthewFoldi) October 14, 2021
The Act to Prevent Pernicious Political Activities is a United States federal law that prohibits civil service employees in the executive branch of the federal government, except the president and vice president, from engaging in some forms of political activity.
The nonpartisan US government ethics and accountability watchdog urged the Office of Special Counsel to investigate Psaki for comments made from the White House podium on Thursday.
Psaki was responding to a question about the Virginia gubernatorial race and attempted to play safe at the start, acknowledging she needed “to be a little careful about how much political analysis I do”
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