Office of Special Counsel: Nikki Haley violated Hatch Act by retweeting Trump endorsement

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October 4, 2017

Nikki-HaleyThe 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.

  • Kenneth Hadler

    How can it be legal for Planned Parenthood to give thousands of dollars to a Congressional candidate when Planned Parenthood is the recipient of millions of dollars of taxpayer money? Is that being investigated?

  • ch

    So where are all your special councils for all the stuff that the muslime liar in chief did and all his staff. They did much worse than the Hatch act which some did. the obama admin was out and out treasonous

  • justinwachin

    …But it is okay for a secretary of state to run classified information through an insecure home-based email server and to erase the hard drive when she is asked to turn the messages over for a Freedom of Information Act request?

    At least Ms. Haley is not going to be prosecuted.

  • teaman

    Why would you listen to anything this ‘so called’ Liptard Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington has to say, when they never opened their corrupt mouths about all the ILLEGAL stuff Obumer and Killary has done. The total perverted lying communist driven Liptard dummycratic party would make a snake puke!!

  • bobnstuff

    Why would anyone want to work in government today with everything you do going into the meat grinder. I can see going after White House staff for using private email accounts for government business but this one is taking it a bit far. I am just a little surprised that Ms. Haley made the mistake but I can also understand how it happened. Of all the people Trump has appointed Haley is the shining star.

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