A Washington ethics group has filed a criminal referral with the Office of Special Counsel (OSC), recommending criminal investigation or prosecution of Ivanka Trump, who is President Trump’s daughter and serves as his assistant, after the group found that she violated the Hatch Act, which bars federal employees from engaging in elections in their official capacity.
In their filing, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) cited a tweet from Ivanka Trump two days before the president’s 2020 campaign launch that featured the campaign slogan “Make America Great Again” and stated “the best is yet to come.”
The ethics group said that she has used her government Twitter account to retweet “multiple partisan political posts” since March 2018.
“It has become clear that this rampant abuse of public office is not a problem of ‘one bad apple’ but rather a key feature of the Trump White House,” said CREW Executive Director Noah Bookbinder.
“By blatantly using her office for politics right after the Office of Special Counsel recommended her colleague be fired for repeatedly acting similarly, Ivanka Trump has basically thumbed her nose at the OSC and the rule of law. Never before have we witnessed this level of illegal politicized behavior, and it must not be allowed to continue.”
Four years ago today, I introduced my father @realDonaldTrump when he launched a Campaign that would forever change America.
Because of his courage, Americans are safer and more prosperous…and the best is yet to come!
Happy Father’s Day! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/ygcbg3URQx
— Ivanka Trump (@IvankaTrump) June 16, 2019
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
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