The U.S. Office of Special Counsel said U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley violated the Hatch Act when she shared a tweet from President Trump endorsing a South Carolina congressional candidate.
“[B]ecause Ambassador Haley’s personal Twitter account included so much indicia of her official role as Ambassador and was even linked to the United States Mission to the United Nations website, it gave the impression that she was acting in her official capacity when she used this account to retweet President Trump’s message,” Erica Hamrick, deputy chief of the Office of Special Counsel’s Hatch Act Unit, said in a letter dated Sept. 28. “And retweeting that message, which endorsed a candidate in a congressional election, constituted political activity under the Hatch Act.”
The Hatch Act bans executive branch officials from engaging in certain political activities. Hamrick said the Office of Special Counsel declined to take disciplinary action against Haley.
Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed a complaint with the office alleging Haley, the former governor of South Carolina, violated the Hatch Act when she retweeted a message from Trump’s Twitter account in June.
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