White House Tweets Violate The Law

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The White House has its own Twitter account. The account should be apolitical because it is funded by taxpayers. As CNBC put it:

The official White House account is overseen by staff of the president, and passed on to each successive administration. Maintenance of the account falls to a government employee, whose salary is paid by taxpayers.

Customarily the account is used to provide updates on the President’s calendar and activities. However, the impeachment investigation has prompted this public employee to flagrantly violate the law by using the official, taxpayer funded account to attack political opponents of the President and witnesses in the impeachment investigation. Tweets from that account today include attacks on the honorable service of LTC Vindman aimed at undermining his testimony before Congress.

Even more ridiculous, and childish, was the name calling tweet against Chairman Schiff of the Intelligence Committee.

Parroting Trump’s hoax claims about the investigation.

Attacking democrats in general.

There are many more such tweets, too many to post here. While the President may be entitled to say such things on his personal account, the thing about these tweets is that they are not a personal account. This is the official White House account. These tweets constitute American taxpayer dollars at work. That includes the majority of American taxpayers who support impeachment.

If it does not seem right that taxpayer funds could be used in so blatantly a partisan manner, that is because it is not right. The tweets violate the Hatch Act. In particular 5 U.S.C. § 7324.

§7324. Political activities on duty; prohibition

(a) An employee may not engage in political activity —

(1) while the employee is on duty;

(2) in any room or building occupied in the discharge of official duties by an individual employed or holding office in the Government of the United States or any agency or instrumentality thereof

Per §7326 those in violation “shall be removed” from their position.

 

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5 Comments on "White House Tweets Violate The Law"

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Rutokin
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Rutokin

When did any law or rule ever have a meaning to anyone in this administration, they’ve been breaking them since before they took office why start now

DHG
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Make it so and drag them out if necessary

Neverevertrumper
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Neverevertrumper

I want my taxpayer money refunded from this god damn ignorant trash president now -he needs to be in prison

David Bishop
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David Bishop

The Hatch Act! Don’t make me laugh – enforceable by no one.

chris whitley
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chris whitley

Leave it to pervert anything and everything belonging to the people of America.