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Billy Clark 2016-11-09
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President elect Donald Trump gives two thumbs up on Election Night after it has become clear that he s going to win Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Donald Trump said repeatedly during his campaign that he wants to gut the Department of Education.

An internal memo released to Gizmodo today shows that the federal agency cautioned its employees not to say anything controversial about the election—especially about Donald Trump.

Americans became acutely aware of The Hatch Act in the past month after FBI Director James Comey made a surprise announcement just 11 days out from Election Day.

His letter to Congress explained that the FBI was investigating emails found on Anthony Weiner s computer, and it rankled Democrats, especially after it was discovered that they didn t include anything remotely scandalous.

Supporters of Hillary Clinton pointed to a long held tradition that forbids federal employees from trying to influence elections.

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Steven Sentell 2017-06-09
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Dan Scavino Jr., the Trump administration's social media director, violated a federal law that restricts public officials from using their positions to engage in certain political activity, according to a letter from the US Office of Special Counsel (OSC).

Scavino violated the law, called the Hatch Act, with a tweet in April calling for President Donald Trump's supporters to defeat GOP congressman Justin Amash in a primary.

In the Tweet, Scavino called Amash "a big liability" and asked the TrumpTrain to "defeat him in primary."

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The episode is just another example of how important tweets and other social media missives have become in politics.

Trump, of course, is a prolific Twitter user, and his tweets make national news on an almost daily basis.

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James Baichan 2020-09-22
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"Today he's turned his back on the kids ... in favor of the teachers union ... and what they have to demand and it's really shameful," DeVos said.
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Robert Tuohy 2020-08-26
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The Trump administration has a long history of violating the Hatch Act and brushing it off as no big deal.
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Gaston Alexander 2020-10-12
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The US Marine Band played at a White House event, a "Peaceful Protest for Law and Order," where Trump wasted no time attacking his election opponents.
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Randall Vincent 2020-08-26
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In perhaps the most blatant ethics violation of the night, Trump had his secretary of homeland security conduct a naturalization ceremony at the White House.
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Thomas Saeler 2020-08-25
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Pompeo recently warned State Department employees that all Department employees are barred from partisan activity, "even on personal time."
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Billy Clark 2016-11-09
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President elect Donald Trump gives two thumbs up on Election Night after it has become clear that he s going to win Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images

Donald Trump said repeatedly during his campaign that he wants to gut the Department of Education.

An internal memo released to Gizmodo today shows that the federal agency cautioned its employees not to say anything controversial about the election—especially about Donald Trump.

Americans became acutely aware of The Hatch Act in the past month after FBI Director James Comey made a surprise announcement just 11 days out from Election Day.

His letter to Congress explained that the FBI was investigating emails found on Anthony Weiner s computer, and it rankled Democrats, especially after it was discovered that they didn t include anything remotely scandalous.

Supporters of Hillary Clinton pointed to a long held tradition that forbids federal employees from trying to influence elections.

James Baichan 2020-09-22
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"Today he's turned his back on the kids ... in favor of the teachers union ... and what they have to demand and it's really shameful," DeVos said.
Gaston Alexander 2020-10-12
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The US Marine Band played at a White House event, a "Peaceful Protest for Law and Order," where Trump wasted no time attacking his election opponents.
Thomas Saeler 2020-08-25
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Pompeo recently warned State Department employees that all Department employees are barred from partisan activity, "even on personal time."
Steven Sentell 2017-06-09
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Dan Scavino Jr., the Trump administration's social media director, violated a federal law that restricts public officials from using their positions to engage in certain political activity, according to a letter from the US Office of Special Counsel (OSC).

Scavino violated the law, called the Hatch Act, with a tweet in April calling for President Donald Trump's supporters to defeat GOP congressman Justin Amash in a primary.

In the Tweet, Scavino called Amash "a big liability" and asked the TrumpTrain to "defeat him in primary."

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The episode is just another example of how important tweets and other social media missives have become in politics.

Trump, of course, is a prolific Twitter user, and his tweets make national news on an almost daily basis.

Robert Tuohy 2020-08-26
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The Trump administration has a long history of violating the Hatch Act and brushing it off as no big deal.
Randall Vincent 2020-08-26
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In perhaps the most blatant ethics violation of the night, Trump had his secretary of homeland security conduct a naturalization ceremony at the White House.