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Probe: Trump officials mixed campaigning and governing


Then–White House chief of staff Mark Meadows speaks on a phone on the South Lawn of the White House on Oct. 30, 2020. Associated Press/Photo by Patrick Semansky

Probe: Trump officials mixed campaigning and governing

The U.S. Office of Special Counsel is recommending changes to the law that’s supposed to prevent government officials from influencing elections. In a report released Tuesday, the office said 13 former Trump administration officials violated the Hatch Act during the 2020 presidential campaign. They include chief of staff Mark Meadows, former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and presidential adviser Jared Kushner, who is also the former president’s son-in-law. All of the officials named in the report advocated for President Donald Trump’s reelection in media interviews while speaking in their official capacity.

What does this mean? The report urged Congress to amend the act to allow fines for Senate-confirmed presidential appointees and commissioned officers who violate its rules. It asked for greater investigative authority for the Office of Special Counsel and wanted lawmakers to clarify which areas of the White House should be off-limits to political activity. Trump addressed the 2020 Republican National Convention from the White House amid pandemic restrictions against large gatherings. Despite its recommendation, the report found the convention did not violate restrictions against campaign influence.

Dig deeper: From the archives, read Harvest Prude’s report in The Sift about the agency’s call to remove White House counselor Kellyanne Conway over Hatch Act violations in 2019.


Leigh Jones

Leigh is acting managing editor for WORLD Radio. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate who spent six years as a newspaper reporter in Texas before joining WORLD. Leigh also co-wrote Infinite Monster: Courage, Hope, and Resurrection in the Face of One of America's Largest Hurricanes. She resides with her husband and daughter in Houston, Texas.

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news2me

People in the Capitol Jail are being abused by their jailers because Dems are in control.
Murderers have rights, the people who went into the Capitol don't.
Dems and their media say it's worse than 9/11. What is wrong with those people?

news2me

They won't stop until Trump and his family are in jail, just because he cares about Americans.

news2me

This is TOTALLY partisan.
This is a continued witch hunt that began well before Trump took office.
If this were about justice, they should have gone after Obama & the gun running, among other stuff.