White House social media director Dan Scavino violated Hatch Act with tweet targeting GOP congressman

Politician Direct 2016-06-30T015410Z_01_BKS23_RTRIDSP_3_USA-ELECTION-TRUMP White House social media director Dan Scavino violated Hatch Act with tweet targeting GOP congressman Politics Washington Post
Dan Scavino, the White House director of social media, was reprimanded for a tweet attacking Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.). (Brian Snyder/Reuters)

White House social-media director Dan Scavino Jr. violated a federal law that bars public officials from using their positions for political activity when he urged President Trump‘s supporters to defeat a GOP congressman, the Office of Special Counsel has concluded.

As a result, Scavino was issued a warning letter and advised that additional violations of the law could result in further action, according to a June 5 letter that the office sent to the watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which filed a complaint about Scavino’s tweet.

Scavino’s April 1 message called on the “#TrumpTrain” to take out Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) in an upcoming primary, referring to him as “a big liability.” Amash is a member of the House Freedom Caucus, a group that Trump had blamed at the time for derailing legislation that would have repealed parts of the 2010 Affordable Care Act.

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