The Trump administration’s assault on the rule of law continues unabated, but thankfully there are individuals and organizations working around the clock to track all of their myriad misdeeds so that when a full review of their crimes and corruption is finally made they will be held accountable for everything they’ve done.
Just last week, a federal watchdog group sent a letter to the White House demanding that Kellyanne Conway be fired over her repeated violations of the Hatch Act, a statute which prohibits most officials in the federal government from abusing their positions to help with election campaigning. The administration responded by disgracefully closing ranks around her and dismissing the accusations of flagrant illegality.
Now, Ivanka Trump is receiving the same scrutiny. HuffPost reports that the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics Washington, a watchdog organization, has officially requested that the U.S. Office of Special Counsel (no relation to Robert Mueller) investigate the First Daughter over possible violations of the Hatch Act. The OSC is the same group that targeted Conway’s transgressions last week.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics Washington says that Ivanka used her official @IvankaTrump Twitter account to boost her father’s campaign, exploiting it for “partisan political purposes.” The offending tweets clearly fly in the face of the Hatch Act’s ban on executive branch officials using their position and prominence to affect elections. One of the tweets even included a photo of a Donald Trump campaign poster with his inane “Make America Great Again!” slogan emblazoned in big letters.
While CREW concedes that Ivanka’s Twitter bio says the account for “personal” use, it’s activity is not limited to that purview and“it is used to support and includes substantial indicia of her official government role,” Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics says.
“Based on this confluence of factors, Ms. Trump’s use of the @IvankaTrump account falls squarely within the purview of the Hatch Act, and she cannot use the account to make posts directed at the success or failure of a political party or candidate in a partisan race,” said CREW.
President Trump is almost certain to ignore these serious allegations, so entrenched in its own criminality is his administration. Hopefully, a Democrat is able to wrest the White House from him in 2020. Then, unfettered by Republican interference, the Department of Justice will finally be able to follow up on these obvious illegalities.